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Bullock's Goal Lifts Flames Past Chanticleers
The Liberty Flames used a strong defensive effort to make a first half goal by Timothy Bullock be the difference, blanking the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 1-0, in Big South men's soccer action, Saturday at Osborne Stadium.
With its third straight win, Liberty moves to 2-1 in the Big South standings and 6-2-1 overall. Coastal Carolina falls to 0-1 in conference play and 4-4-1 overall. The victory was the second consecutive shutout by the Flames after shutting out Big South Conference opponent Winthrop, 3-0, in their previous match. Liberty has recorded four shutouts on the season.
The opening minutes of the first half saw play confined mainly between the 18-yard boxes. Each team mounted an opportunity during the first 20 minutes off corner kicks. Visiting Coastal Carolina midfielder Ross Kelly headed a ball into the waiting hands of Liberty goalkeeper Paul Gilbert in the 10th minute, while Liberty defender Chris Osborne rocketed a shot from 30 yards narrowly missing the far right post in the 14th minute.
Just after the 20th minute, the Flames' attack was able to extend pressure on the visitor goal. Midfielder Phillip Aseweh began a flurry of Liberty shots over the next nine minutes, with an attempt which Chanticleers goalkeeper Scott Angevine corralled for his first save of the game.
Midfielder Chris Phillips followed in the 23rd minute with another shot, which Angevine saw and saved. However, on the third shot to the sequence, Bullock netted his second goal of the season unassisted to give Liberty a 1-0 lead, it never relinquished.
The forward ran down a clearing attempt by a Coastal Carolina defender near midfield and quickly moved into open space on the left side of the field. Finding himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Bullock ripped a low shot out of the reach of Angevine and into the right corner of the goal at 28:55.
Chanticleer midfielder Luis Faz got off the last shot of the first half in the 34th minute. Gilbert saw the shot the whole way and routinely turned aside the attempt to send the contest to intermission with Liberty in the lead.
The Flames began the second half with a strong attack. Liberty pressed the Coastal Carolina net throughout the opening eight minutes. However, none of the three shots produced by the attack were able to extend the Flames' edge.
Liberty defenders limited Chanticleer efforts to organize an attack in the final half, preventing any premium shot opportunities for Coastal Carolina. Most attempts by the visitors came from long distance or sharp angles.
Angevine made two outstanding stops after the 75th minute mark to allow the Chanticleers an opportunity to rally. In the 81st minute, Angevine stopped a header from the middle of the 18-yard box by Liberty defender Uriah Bentick off a corner kick. In the 88th minute, the junior was able to make a diving stop on a low blast to his left side by Flames forward Travis Joseph.
Liberty outshot Coastal Carolina, 14-10, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-3.
Gilbert recorded four saves on the afternoon in the Liberty goal. Angevine made six saves for Coastal Carolina.
Liberty steps out of conference Tuesday night, when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., for a meeting with the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.