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Boateng's Penalty Kick Pushes Flames Past Bulldogs
After Darryl Roberts was pulled down inside the box in the game's 67th minute, Joshua Boateng scored on the ensuing penalty kick for a 2-1 Liberty win over the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs, Monday afternoon at Liberty Soccer Field.
With the non-conference win, Liberty moves to 4-3 on the season, while Gardner-Webb falls to 0-5-2.
The contest opened with both teams trading shots early. The Bulldogs would break through for a 1-0 advantage in the 31st minute. Richard Godfrey found George Tasedan open in the middle of the box with a through pass and the forward put it home.
The Bulldogs' advantage was short-lived as less than 11 minutes later Marko Parenta (Sr., F, Zadar, Croatia), who had just entered the match on a substitution in the 39th minute, corralled a loose ball near the box on the left side and lofted a shot over the head of Bulldog goalkeeper Tyler Kettering, knotting the match at 1-1. It was the senior's first of the season.
Keeping the pressure on, midfielder Boateng (So., Accra, Ghana) would force Kettering to make one of many saves on the afternoon in the closing minutes of the half, sending the match to intermission at 1-1.
After the intermission, the Flames continued to press the Bulldog defense, out-shooting Gardner-Webb, 4-1, in the first 20 minutes of the second stanza.
In the match's 67th minute, Liberty's Roberts (R-Sr., F, Trincity, Trinidad) split two defenders near the left side post and was brought down for a penalty kick. Boateng followed by beating Kettering to the top right corner to put the Flames up, 2-1. It was the midfielder's first goal as a Flame.
Afterwards, Liberty had opportunities to extend its lead, but Kettering came up big on several occasions to keep Gardner-Webb in range.However, the Flames' defense also stiffened, allowing the Bulldogs only one shot over the remaining 23 minutes. Goalkeeper Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.) made an outstanding save on the lone shot, a blast by Miguel Pinzon through traffic in the 75th minute.
On the afternoon, Liberty out shot Gardner-Webb, 19-8, and also had the advantage in corner kicks at 10-2. In a physical contest, the two teams combined for 41 fouls.Seniors Adrian Bumbut (MF, Zalau, Romania) and Roberts led the Flames with five shot each in the contest, while Tasedan had three for the Bulldogs.
The Flames' keeper Mahan made one save, while Kettering made 14 saves, nine in the second half, for the Bulldogs.