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Flames Ride Fast Start to 4-1 Win at Howard
The Liberty Flames scored four first-half goals, en route to a 4-1 victory over the Howard Bison, Tuesday night at Greene Stadium.
Liberty moves to 4-2-1 on the season, while Howard falls to 1-7. The victory snaps a two-game losing skid for the Flames.
Liberty jumped on the scoreboard in the contest's opening minutes. Midfielder Alex Verville sent a crossing pass into the middle of the 18-yard box for fellow midfielder Phillip Aseweh. The junior turned and scored his fourth goal of the year at 9:10 for a 1-0 advantage.
The Flames added to their lead in the 19th minute. After a Bison foul, midfielder Juan F. Nino connected on the ensuing free kick from 15 yards out for his first goal of the year and a 2-0 lead.
After a high shot by Liberty defender Chris Osborne in the 24th minute, Flames forward Darren Amoo scored the first of his two goals in the contest in the 27th minute. The forward picked up a loose ball and moved into the penalty area, ripping a shot into the net for his fourth goal of the year.
In the 33rd minute, Amoo upped visiting Liberty's lead to 4-0. The forward converted a penalty kick after a Howard foul in the 18-yard box. The marker was Amoo's Big South-leading fifth goal, and gave the Flames a four-goal lead at intermission.
The host team scored its lone goal in the opening minutes of the second half. After playing the first half of the contest in the Bison goal, Phillip Borde started the second half in the field, and promptly, scored his second goal of the season in the 47th minute. Joseph Di Chiara dropped a pass to Borde, who netted the goal from just outside the 18-yard box, cutting the score to the final margin of 4-1.
The Liberty defense took over after the goal, holding the Bison to two shots over the final 43 minutes. Liberty goalkeeper Paul Gilbert made his lone save of the contest on a shot by Borde in the 77th minute.
The Flames outshot the Bison, 12-5, and held a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
Gilbert recorded one save in the Liberty goal, while Borde did not make a save in the first half and Larry Turner had one save in the second half for Howard.
Liberty finishes a seven-game road swing, Saturday. The Flames will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to square off with the defending Big South Champion Winthrop Eagles. The conference match is scheduled for 7 p.m.