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Lady Flames Win Overtime Thriller Over Eagles

October 9, 2009
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Lady Flame Rachel Wisehart

Lady Flame Rachel Wisehart

Maria Owen scored her third goal of the season as the second overtime wound down, and the Lady Flames defeated Winthrop, 1-0, in a Big South thriller, Friday night, at Eagle Field.

The Eagles controlled most of the first half of play, outshooting the Lady Flames, 9-2. Winthrop tested the Liberty defense early, taking its first two shots in the first two minutes of the half.

Owen took the first shot for Liberty at 2:29, but it missed wide. Silvia Betancourt made the second Liberty attempt in the 36th minute, but the open shot drifted high over the post.

The Eagles nearly put themselves on the board at 37:39, but quick hands by Liberty keeper Karen Blocker, who punched Lia Gordon's shot over the goal, kept the game scoreless.

One minute later, after a Winthrop corner kick, Liberty defender Ariana Espinoza had a key header on a ball directed toward the goal. The contest moved into halftime with a 0-0 score.

Owen crossed a pass to Aimee Luurtsema at 51:33, but the Lady Flames' first shot of the second half was saved by Kelsy Weavil, her first stop of the night.

Owen made her second attempt at 56:40, but the shot was slapped away by Weavil.
Jordan Woody made her first shot of the night less than two minutes later, but it barely missed wide on the right side.

Owen tried again in the 75th minute from inside the box, but it missed on the left.

The Eagles went for the goal with two consecutive shots in the 82nd minute after a corner kick, but

Tricia Vensel's shot was blocked and Courtney Durbin missed wide.

Winthrop came close again at 86:31 with a corner kick, but Vensel's header sailed over the goal. Vensel tried to connect at 88:53 when she blasted a shot from 20 yards out, but it missed high once again.

Blocker made a key save in the final minute, stopping a header by Durbin, and the second half came to a close with the contest remaining scoreless.

The first overtime saw little offensive action, as the Eagles took one shot and Liberty recorded none.
Winthrop made three attempts in the second overtime, coming closest when Andrea McMaster headed one off of a free kick, but Blocker made the save.

Owen took Liberty's first shot of the second overtime in the final minute of play on a pass from Madison Short, and the Lady Flames walked away with the 1-0 win.

Owen led the Lady Flames with four shots and netted her second game-winning goal of the season.

Short recorded her first collegiate assist, while Blocker stayed busy throughout the contest, making 11 saves.

Winthrop was led by Vensel, who led all players with five shots, while Weavil made two saves.

Liberty improves to 5-6-1 overall, and 2-0-1 in Big South play, following its second overtime game in three contests. The Lady Flames are back in action on Sunday, facing the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs in Boiling Springs, N.C. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Eagles (3-7-1, 0-2 Big South) play again Sunday as well, hosting conference opponent High Point at 2 p.m.