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Liberty Falls to No. 17 Virginia, 4-0
For the second straight year, the Liberty women's soccer team (0-1-0) kicked off 2010 season inside Klöckner Stadium, squaring off with No. 17 Virginia (1-0-0) on Friday. Looking to halt the Cavaliers' unbeaten streak in the series, the Lady Flames unfortunately came up short, dropping the contest to the ACC power, 4-0.
The Cavaliers applied the pressure in the opening half, taking 10 total shots. The Lady Flames defense held the host team at bay until 26:07, when forward Meghan Lenczyk followed up a shot, which ricocheted off the hands of Liberty goalkeeper Ashley Nyholt and proceeded to tuck the ball into the left corner of net for the 1-0 edge.
With 5:47 remaining in the period, the Cavaliers tacked on another goal, as Gloria Douglas connected on a 10-yard shot after receiving help from Kate Norbo and Amber Fry. The one-timer gave the home team a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Virginia outshot the Lady Flames 10-1 in the opening stanza, with Liberty's solo attempt coming from freshman Megan Warner. On the defensive end for Liberty, Nyholt picked up five saves in the first period.
Lenczyk reemerged in the second, netting a marker from 10-yard in the opening three minutes to give Virginia a 3-0 advantage. Four minutes later, Lauren Alwine scored her first goal of the season for the Cavaliers, heading the ball into the net off a long cross into the 18-yard box from Lenczyk. Alwine's header sealed the contest, with a 4-0 final result.
Virginia outshot the Lady Flames 16-1 in the contest. Nyholt played was between the posts for the entire 90 minutes for the Lady Flames, finishing with seven saves.
With its season opener under its collective belt, Liberty continues play on the road this weekend, as it heads to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on the Lady Bulldogs of South Carolina State. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.