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Liberty Ties Longwood, Monday, 1-1
Looking to avenge last season's 1-0 loss to Longwood, the Liberty women's soccer team hosted the Lancers under the Osborne Stadium lights, Monday night. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, they were unable to garner their first win of the season, as the contest ended in a 1-1 tie.
Silvia Betancourt netted Liberty's (0-1-1) lone goal, while Taylor Cave posted the lone Longwood (1-1-2) tally. With the stalemate, Liberty leads the all-time series, 6-3-2.
Liberty tallied the contest's first goal during the game's fifth minute. Following a Longwood foul inside the 18-yard box, Silvia Betancourt lined up for the penalty kick and placed a shot into the right corner for the 1-0 edge.
Longwood attempted to find the equalizer in the ninth minute. After a crossing pass into the box, midfielder Kelsey Pardue header hit the post and bounced out of harm's way.
The Lady Flames had a chance to increase its advantage in the 22nd minute. Geena Swentik sent a pass across the penalty area to forward Aimee Luurtsema, who fired a shot that was blocked by Lancers goalkeeper Kyra Byron and cleared by the Longwood defense. The defensive stop led to a 1-0 Liberty lead at halftime
The Lancers outshot the Lady Flames 5-4 and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks in the opening stanza.
Longwood attempted two shots in the opening 10 minutes of the second half that were stopped by Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker. On the opposite end in the 65th minute, a header by Swentik was corralled by Longwood's Byron to keep the Lady Flames from extending their advantage.
Nearly three minutes later, Lindsey Ottavio got a scoring opportunity for Longwood, but the shot was cleared by a Liberty defender to keep the Lancers scoreless.
Longwood evened the score in the 85th minute. Kelsey McDonald found Taylor Cave, who shifted to the right and tapped it in the near corner for the tying goal, evening the score at 1-1 at the end of regulation.
In the first overtime, neither team had a clear look at the goal for the majority of the extra period. With 29 ticks on the clock, freshman midfielder Maddie Boone head a crossing a pass towards an open corner of the Longwood. However, the ball was plucked out of the air by Byron, giving way to the second overtime.
Longwood opened the second overtime with two shots on goal that were saved by Blocker. In the 105th minute, Luurtsema took a shot on goal at the opposite end, which was stopped by Byron, ultimately leading to the 1-1 tie.
The Lancers outshot Liberty, 16-12, in the contest and held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker made five saves, while Byron finished with four saves. Liberty also recorded a team save
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Friday for their first game of the Liberty Invitational. The afternoon begins with a matchup between Coastal Carolina and Valparaiso at 4 p.m., followed by the night cap with the Lady Flames facing Brown at 7 p.m.