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Goals by Amoo Push Flames Past Mountaineers
The victory moves Liberty to 2-0 to start the year, while Appalachian State drops to 1-2. The triumph extends the Flames' unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive contests (7-0-3). It is the third longest such run in program history.
The host Flames netted the contest's first goal in the 12th minute of play. Seeing Amoo (R-So., Accra, Ghana) open in the penalty area, midfielder Timothy Bullock (So., Forest, Va.) sent a crisp pass in off the left wing for the forward. Amoo took the pass in stride and blasted the first shot attempt of the contest off Mountaineer goalkeeper Collin Taylor.
The rebound came right back to the Liberty forward, who put the ricochet into the lower right-hand corner of the net for his first marker of the night. The goal, his third of the season, gave the Flames an early 1-0 advantage
After trading several shots with Appalachian State over the next 20 minutes, Liberty extended its lead to 2-0, with Amoo once again doing the honors. The forward took the ball away from a Mountaineer defender just outside the 18-yard box and beat Taylor one-on-one for his second tally of the night and his fourth of the season. The multiple-goal game was the third for Amoo in six career games.
In the final minute of the half, Liberty looked to add to its lead, when it took its first corner kick of the night. However, a header by Travis Joseph (Fr., Laventille, Trinidad) was stopped by Taylor to send the match to intermission at 2-0 Flames.
Liberty began the second half on the attack, firing five shots over the opening nine minutes. During the sequence, attempts by Joseph in the 49th minute and Phillip Aseweh (So., Navrongo, Ghana) forced diving stops by Appalachian State keeper Taylor.
In the 65th minute, the Flames put pressure once again on the Mountaineer defense, with the first of three straight corner kicks over the next four minutes. Two of the kicks brought shot opportunities for Aseweh and Mandell, but neither was able to stretch the Liberty advantage.
Appalachian State pressed the Flames defense in the closing minutes of the contest, but couldn't break through for a score, as Liberty sealed the 2-0.
The Flames outshot the Mountaineers, 15-7, in the contest, and also held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. Amoo led all players in the game with seven shots. Appalachian State forward Arie Muniz had three shots to pace the visitors.
Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero (Jr., Tampa, Fla.), who has yet to yield a goal this season, made two saves in the contest. Taylor had seven stops in goal for the Mountaineers.
The Flames travel to Lexington, Va., to participate in the two-day Sculley Memorial Tournament. The four-team event begins Friday, with Liberty squaring off with the Rider Broncs at 1 p.m. at host VMI's Patchin Field.