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Flames Tie No. 11 Cavaliers, 1-1

October 13, 2009
|  Charlottesville, Va.
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Darren Amoo scored his eighth goal of the season, Tuesday night.

Darren Amoo scored his eighth goal of the season, Tuesday night.

Using another strong defensive effort and a goal by Darren Amoo, the Liberty Flames tied the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers, 1-1, Tuesday night at Klochner Stadium.

Liberty moves to 5-2-3 on the season. Virginia goes to 7-3-1 on the year. It is the first time in the 18 meetings between the two teams that a contest has ended in a tie.

The contest opened with the host Cavaliers using a corner kick to get the first shot attempt of the game. Off the kick from the left side of the field by midfielder Neal Barlow, midfielder Will Bates headed a shot over the crossbar from the near post and out of play in the fourth minute.

After the corner kick, play between the two teams settled into the midfield area with neither team being able to muster any offense until the 20th minute, when Liberty attempted its first shot of the match. Midfielder Uriah Bentick (Fr., Port of Spain, Trinidad) ran down a loose ball and fired a shot toward the right post from the top of the 18-yard box, which Cavalier goalkeeper Deigo Restrepo grabbed out of the air for a save.

In the 21st minute, Virgina's Brian Ownby put a shot on net off a corner kick, which Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) corralled for a save.

The Cavaliers used sharp passing to work an open shot in the 30th minute. Ownby sent a pass to midfielder Will Bates, who made a touch pass around a Liberty defender for the forward. Ownby handled the ball in stride, but pushed it wide of the near post to keep the contest scoreless.

Madero made back-to-back stops of Ownby shots in the 33rd and 34th minute, as the Flames' netminder continued to keep Virginia off the scoreboard.

In the 44th minute, a shot off a corner kick by Liberty's Chris Mandell (Sr., D, Bowling Green, Va.) went wide off a Cavalier defender. The ensuing Flames corner kick sailed over several players in the penalty area and was cleared by Virginia.

The second half began with each team attacking each team's 18-yard box. However, neither team was able to spring anyone free for a shot.

Virginia got the first chance of the second half. In the 52nd minute, midfielder Jonathan Villaneuva's shot was blocked by a Liberty defender just outside the penalty area. Bates then headed the ball towards the far post, which was turned away by Madero.

In the 67th minute, Liberty was able to drop a pass into open space on the right side of the 18-yard box, but forward Amoo (R-So., F, Accra, Ghana) was beat to ball by Cavalier keeper Restrepo, who kicked it out bounds to prevent a shot.

Virginia netted the game's first goal in the 77th minute. Ownby fired a shot which hit the far left post and bounded out to Bates, who found the bottom left corner of the net for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 Cavalier lead.

But, the host's advantage was short-lived. In the 79th minute, Liberty scored the equalizer on a corner kick. The kick by midfielder Juan Guzman (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) was volleyed past Restrepo by Amoo, tying the contest at 1-1. The marker was the Flame forward's team-leading eighth goal of the year.

In the 88th minute, Madero turned away an Ownby shot once again, sending the contest to overtime.

Liberty pressed the Virginia to open the first extra period. Two minutes into the first 10 minutes of overtime, the Flames' pressure resulted in a corner kick, which Liberty was unable to convert.

The Cavaliers countered in the fifth minute of overtime with two shots. The first by T.J. Cyrus was blocked by a Liberty defender, while the second, a header off a corner kick by Tony Tschani, was easily cradled by Madero.

Virginia opened the second overtime period with a free kick from 20 yards out less than a minute into the last 10 minutes. Tchani lofted the kick over a wall of Liberty defenders, but Madero went to his knees to record the save and prevent a game-winning goal.

In the 104th minute, Amoo worked free on the left side of the field and ripped a shot wide from 25 yards out.

Virginia had one last chance with 25 seconds left with a corner kick. However, the Flames blocked down the kick and cleared it, as the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Cavaliers outshot the Flames, 29-6, in the contest. Virginia also held a 13-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Madero had a career-high eight saves on the night for the Flames. Restrepo recorded two for the Cavaliers.

Liberty returns home, Friday, for a Big South Conference contest against Presbyterian. Osborne Stadium will be dedicated at halftime of the contest. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.