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Late Goal Forces 3-3 Tie with Marshall
Coming off an impressive 4-1 victory over Appalachian State on Friday, the Lady Flames closed out the Winthrop Tournament against Conference USA member Marshall. After being down 3-2 in the second half, Liberty forward Silvia Betancourt netted a late goal to send the contest into overtime. Neither team found nylon in the two proceeding overtime periods, forcing a 3-3 tie at Eagle Field.
Betancourt led the Lady Flames with two goals, cementing her third career multi-goal game. The Costa Rican's previous two-tally contests occurred during the 2009 campaign against Francis Marion (9/24) and Coastal Carolina (10/05).
Betancourt put the Flames on the board in the contest's seventh minute by out-maneuvering a Marshall defender and placing a blast in the top left corner of the net for the early 1-0 edge. Liberty's offense continued to apply pressure. Senior forward Maria Owen fired a shot from the near side of the field, which hit the post, deflecting off a foot of the defender and into Marshall net for an own goal, giving Liberty a 2-0 lead at 15:35.
The Liberty defense held the Thundering Herd scoreless until the 30th minute, when forward Angela Desumma capitalized on a loose ball following a sliding save by goalkeeper Ashley Nyholt, launching a left-footed shot into an open net to half the Liberty lead and make it 2-1 at halftime.
In the second period, the Thundering Herd stormed back. Midfielder Sarah Vinson netted a goal within the first five minutes of the stanza to even the contest, 2-2. Marshall then gained the advantage in the 59th minute, courtesy of a feed from Desumma to Marisa Leconte, who finished the play to give the Thundering Herd a 3-2 lead.
Marshall maintained the advantage until the 77th minute, when Betancourt knotted the game at 3-3 with her second marker of the contest, ultimately forcing overtime and a tie contest. Midfielder Jordan Woody was credited with the assist, after finding an open Betancourt, who executed a header into the net for the finish.
Nyholt played the full 110 minutes in the net for the Lady Flames, recording three saves in the contest. Marshall goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns spent equal time between the posts, garnering five saves.
Following Appalachian State's 2-1 win over host Winthrop in the second Sunday contest, the all-tournament team was announced with four Lady Flames making the squad – Betancourt (tournament MVP), Owen, junior midfielder Aimee Luurtsema and sophomore midfielder Madison Short.
Liberty makes its 2010 debut inside Osborne Stadium on Friday playing host to James Madison. The Dukes will enter the contest with a 1-1-0 record after defeating Villanova Sunday afternoon, 1-0. Game time for Friday's home opener is slated for 7 p.m.