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Liberty Unable to Ground Phoenix
Looking for redemption after a tough loss to VCU on Friday, the Liberty women's soccer team concluded its weekend road trip at Elon, Sunday afternoon. Although the Lady Flames looked to bring Elon's three-game win streak against Big South squads to a halt, the Phoenix had other plans, defeating Liberty, 2-0.
The Phoenix outshot the Lady Flames, 19-6, in the contest. With the setback, Liberty falls to 1-4-2 on the season, while Elon improves to 5-1 in 2010.
The matchup marked the first time the two squads had met since a 1-1 stalemate on September 4, 2005 and the 13th meeting all-time. The Phoenix have now knotted the series at 6-6-1, which dates back to 1989, Liberty's second season as a collegiate program. Liberty and Elon's 21-year history on the soccer field also includes a trio of Big South Championship clashes (1999-2001), with the Lady Flames claiming the latter two.
The Phoenix lit up the board in the 24th minute on Sunday, scoring just seconds after a corner kick. Defender Chelsey Stark took control of a loose ball inside the box and fed it to Brittany Hallberg, who tapped it into the right corner to give Elon a 1-0 edge. The Liberty defense held off proceeding attacks in the remainder of the period, allowing the score to remain identical at halftime.
Elon wasted little time increasing its advantage in the second period. After an Alanna Winsper shot on the Liberty goal, midfielder Kimmie Krauss followed up on the attempt, sending the ball into the net in the 52nd minute, ultimately leading to the 2-0 final.
Ashley Nyholt remained in the net the entire 90 minutes, tying her career-high in saves with nine for the Lady Flames. Elon's Kristen Haney occupied the opposite goal for the duration of the contest, securing four saves.
The Lady Flames return home on Wednesday to play host to Southern Virginia. Game time at Osborne Stadium is set for 4 p.m.