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Liberty Blanks Longwood, 2-0
For the third straight contest, Liberty has shut out its opponent, running its record to 5-1-1 on the year. The Flames have not allowed a score over a period of 346 minutes, dating back to Sept. 13. On the year, Liberty has recorded five shutouts. Longwood drops to 1-6-1.
Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first half. The Lancers and the Flames traded shots, with Liberty holding a 7-5 advantage in shots in the period.
Visiting Longwood put pressure on the Liberty net five minutes into the second half, resulting in two corner kicks. Off the second corner in the 53rd minute, midfielder Chris Saul picked up a rebound off a blocked shot by teammate Josh Woodburn and fired a shot, which hit off the crossbar and bounded clear to keep the match scoreless.
The red-clad Flames broke onto the scoreboard with their first goal of the night at 59:22. Off a free kick, Liberty midfielder Juan Guzman (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) lifted a pass into the 18-yard box for fellow midfielder Bullock (So., Forest, Va.), who ripped a shot into the far right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the year and a 1-0 Flames advantage.
In the 64th minute, Bullock attempted to extend the Liberty lead with a shot from just inside the penalty area. However, Lancer goalkeeper Joel Helmick made a diving stop of the shot to keep the contest at 1-0.
After a foul inside the 18-yard box in the 66th minute by Longwood, Amoo (R-So., Accra, Ghana) beat Helmick on the ensuing penalty kick with a shot to the lower right-hand corner for a 2-0 Liberty lead. The marker was the seventh on the year for the forward.
From there, the Flames clamped down on defense, allowing only one shot in the remaining minutes, a high attempt by Lancer Devin Pierce, for the shutout.
Liberty held an 18-9 advantage over Longwood in shots on the evening, while the Lancers had an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
Flames goalkeeper Andrew Madero (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) recorded three saves in the contest, all in the first half. The Liberty keeper, who entered the week second in the nation in goals-against average (GAA), lowered his GAA to 0.15 on the season. Longwood keeper Helmick made four saves in the contest.
Liberty travels to Conway, S.C., Saturday for a Big South match with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.