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Liberty Edged by Appalachian State, 2-1
A late Mountaineer goal lifted host Appalachian State past the Liberty Flames, 2-1, Wednesday night at ASU Soccer Field.
Liberty falls for the first time this season, dropping to 3-1-1. Appalachian State moves to 2-1-2 on the year.
The Flames, in the midst of a seven-game road swing, opened the contest with the first two shot attempts of the match in the third minute. Midfielder Juan F. Niño launched the first of the back-to-back shots, which was blocked by a Appalachian State defender. Defender Brian Edman picked up the loose ball and lifted a shot wide moments later.
After the Mountaineers' first shot, a header by midfielder David Dodge in the 14th minute, Liberty midfielder Alex Verville came free for a shot, which was stopped by freshman goalkeeper David Free, making his first collegiate start.
A high shot by Appalachian State's Bruno Mbamala in the 28th minute was the last of the half, as both team's defenses took over. Neither the Flames nor the Mountaineers were able to get a shot opportunity during the rest of the period.
Liberty edged Appalachian State, 3-2, in shots, while corner kicks were even at two each in the opening half.
The Flames jumped on the scoreboard first in the beginning minutes of the second half. Midfielder Phillip Aseweh corralled a loose ball and pushed forward, ripping a shot from 10 yards in front of the net for his third goal of the season at 51:46.
However, the host Mountaineers evened the contest at 1-1 in the 54th minute. Midfielder Luis Calzadilla threaded a pass to forward Steve Sassano for his first goal of the year.
Appalachian State midfielder Sean Dreybus was able to get free on the attack in the 84th minute and scored his second goal of the year, handing the Flames their first setback of the 2010 campaign.
The host Mountaineers outshot the Flames, 9-7, in the contest. Liberty held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
Liberty goalkeeper Paul Gilbert made two saves, while Free recorded three stops for host Appalachian State.
The Flames start Big South action, Saturday. Liberty will travel to Radford, Va., to face the Radford Highlanders at Cupp Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.