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Old Dominion Defeats Liberty, 3-1

September 11, 2009
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Lady Flame Rachel Michener

Lady Flame Rachel Michener

Despite a strong offensive effort in the second half, the Liberty Lady Flames were defeated by the Monarchs of Old Dominion, 3-1, in Friday night's women's soccer home opener at Osborne Stadium.

The Monarchs controlled the game during the opening minutes, and were able to take an early 1-0 lead when Ashlee Coutu scored from 20 yards out off an assist from Jodi Knorowski, during the second minute of play.

Liberty's Laura Nyholt and Maria Owen were able to get shots off at 5:37 and 9:30, respectively, but both attempts were saved by Old Dominion keeper Bri Alvarado.

In the 10th minute, Coutu extended the visitors' lead to 2-0 when she took a pass from the right side and tucked one into the left corner of the net.

After Knorowski took two shots, one of which was saved by Liberty keeper Karen Blocker, Victoria

Johnson tacked another goal onto the Monarchs' advantage when she scored on the left side, assisted by Brittney Kortz and Coutu.

The last 20 minutes of the first half were quiet for both teams. Owen took another shot at 33:52 on a cross from Bekah Moye that barely missed the right-side post, and Gabrielle Carragino took a shot for Old Dominion at 40:54 that was deflected by the Liberty defense.

The Lady Flames regrouped at halftime, and came out strong in the second half. Freshman Madison Short scored her second goal of 2009 in the 47th minute, sending the ball into the left corner of the net from 15 yards out, unassisted, bringing the score to 3-1 in favor of Old Dominion. Blocker then made four saves in four minutes, keeping the Lady Flames within two goals.

The two squads traded possession for the remainder of the match, but the Monarchs held their ground, walking away with the 3-1 victory.

Liberty recorded seven total shots, while Old Dominion took 18 shots on the night.

The Lady Flames were led by their lone goal-scorer Short, and Owen, who took a team-high four shots. Blocker made a total of nine saves.

Coutu scored two goals on four shots for the Monarchs, while Knorowski led all players with eight attempts. Alvarado made two saves, while second-half goalkeeper Laura Bush made one.

Old Dominion also led in corner kicks, 3-2.

The Monarchs improve to 3-3 on the year, while the Lady Flames drop to 1-3.

Liberty is back in action Sunday afternoon in Annapolis, Md., taking on Navy. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.