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Liberty Falls to James Madison, 3-0
Liberty and James Madison shared possession in the opening minutes, but the Dukes started putting pressure on the Lady Flames' defense during the seventh minute of play. James Madison took its first shot at 7:39, when Terri Maykoski attempt a long shot that sailed high. The Dukes came close to scoring again at the 8:55 mark off a corner kick, but a header by Corky Julien was deflected by Liberty defender Rachel Wisehart to prevent James Madison from getting on the scoreboard.
The Lady Flames recorded their first shot of the game when Laura Nyholt sent an attempt wide in the 11th minute. Kristi McBrien took Liberty's only other shot of the half at 21:02 which went wide left.
The Dukes maintained control of the ball, cranking up the pace in the second part of the first half. Jessica Barndt started a scoring surge for James Madison when she netted the game's first goal at 22:20 on a header off of a free kick from Teresa Rynier. Less than five minutes later, the Dukes struck again when Cate Tisinger scored unassisted at close range after her first attempt was stopped by Liberty keeper Karen Blocker.
James Madison extended its lead to 3-0 late in closing minutes of the first half when Ashley Flateland knocked in a free kick by Lisa Heise.
Liberty rallied in the second half, gaining some momentum. Silvia Betancourt, Lauren Stell and Maria Owen recorded shots on goal, but could not crack Duke goalkeeper Diane Wszalek.
The Lady Flames had a corner kick in the final seconds, but couldn't get a shot off, as James Madison sealed the 3-0 victory.
Defensively, Liberty held James Madison to seven shots in the second half, compared to 17 in the first half.
The Dukes were led by Tisinger with eight shots and one goal, while starting keeper Diane Wszalek recorded three saves.
Stell led the Lady Flames with two shots, while Blocker made six saves on the evening.
James Madison held the advantage in corner kicks, 4-2.
The Dukes improve to 3-2 on the year, while the Lady Flames drop to 1-2.
Liberty is back in action Friday night, hosting Old Dominion in its 2009 home opener. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.