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Liberty Falls at Coastal Carolina
Coming off a tough road loss to Charleston Southern on Saturday, the Liberty women's soccer team looked to rebound at Coastal Carolina, Monday afternoon. However, the Chanticleers had other ideas, as midfielder Amy Tupy took advantage of a corner kick in the second half for a 1-0 decision over the Lady Flames.
With the defeat, Liberty falls to 3-7-2 (0-2, BSC), while Coastal Carolina improves to 5-6 (1-1, BSC) on the season.
After 45 minutes of play, the game remained scoreless, with Liberty holding a slight 3-2 edge in shot attempts. The Lady Flames' best chance at a goal in the first half came in the 20th minute. Senior forward Maria Owen fired a shot on the Coastal Carolina net, which was corralled by goalkeeper Jessica Barton.
Shortly after the start of the second half, Owen took another shot at goal, this time a header, which landed in the hands of goalie Amy Haggard.
With Liberty holding onto the offensive advantage, Coastal Carolina turned the tide in the 58th minute. Following a corner kick by forward Morgan Thomas, Tupy connected on a header, which made its way into the Liberty net to give the Chanticleers the 1-0 edge.
Liberty's final attempt to knot the contest came in the final minute. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Stell blasted a shot at the Coastal Carolina goal, however, the attempt sailed high, allowing the Chanticleers to secure the victory.
Coastal Carolina outshot the Lady Flames 8-5 and held a 9-3 corner kick advantage.
Ashley Nyholt remained in the net the entire contest for the Lady Flames, recording two saves. Barton occupied the Coastal Carolina goal in the first half, finishing with one save. Haggard took over in the second, posting one save.
Liberty returns home this Saturday for Homecoming Weekend, to play host to the Winthrop. The match with the Eagles marks the first meeting between the two teams since the Big South Championship quarterfinals on Nov. 5, 2009, when No. 8 Winthrop advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks over the first seeded Lady Flames.
The Eagles enter this weekend's contest with a 1-7-1 record after picking up their first win of the season this past Saturday with a 2-1 win over Gardner-Webb. Game time for Saturday's matchup is slated for 7 p.m.