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Liberty Downs Presbyterian, 1-0
With the victory, Liberty remains unbeaten in Big South action with a 1-0-2 record and moves to 6-2-3 overall. Presbyterian falls to 1-4-1 in conference play and 2-9-1 overall. It was the first- ever visit to Lynchburg for the Blue Hose.
Liberty improves to 5-0-1 at home this season. Head Coach Jeff Alder's team's shutout total is two more than all of last season. The Flames have allowed only one goal in six games at home this year. In addition, Liberty has shut out each of its first three Big South opponents this season.
The homestanding Flames opened the game by scoring on their first shot of the night. Forward Aseweh (So., Navrongo, Ghana) pounced on a loose ball off the left side, near the top of the 18-yard box, and beat a defender for an open shot. The sophomore buried a shot into the far side of the net for a 1-0 Liberty advantage at 8:44 of the opening half.
Aseweh followed with another attempt in the 13th minute, but Blue Hose goalkeeper Andrew Wallingford made the save to prevent the Flames from adding to their lead.
Presbyterian's best chance of the half came in the 14th minute. Midfielder Paul Gunning ripped the Blue Hose's first shot of the night, a rising shot which hit the crossbar and bounded over the goal and out of play.
Presbyterian fired the first shot of the second half in the 48th minute. Sam Eastridge moved into open space and launched an attempt, which Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero (Jr., Tampa, Fla.), who entered the week second in the nation in save percentage, corralled for a save.
After a shot by forward Darren Amoo (R-So., Accura, Ghana) went wide in the 55th minute, Presbyterian countered. Gunning sent another rising shot on goal in the 57 minute, which Madero jumped and punched over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, Michael Czulinski sent an attempt wide, keeping the Liberty lead at 1-0.
The Flames got a shot attempt from six yards out off a corner kick of their own in the 69th minute. Defender Chris Mandell (Sr., Bowling Green, Va.) headed down the kick by midfielder Juan Nino (So., Katy, Texas) toward the goal, but Blue Hose keeper James Neal, who came on to take over the netminder duties at the beginning of the half, scooped up the ball to prevent Liberty from extending its lead.
In the final 10 minutes of play, the two squads each had a pair of attempts, but none of the four shots was on net.
Presbyterian held a slight 6-5 edge in shots over Liberty. The Blue Hose also held the same 6-5 advantage over the Flames in corner kicks.
Madero made six saves for Liberty. Wallingford recorded three saves during his time in the Presbyterian goal in the first 45 minutes, while Neal had two saves during the second 45 minutes.
Liberty hits the road Tuesday for a Big South Conference match with the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.