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Liberty Falls Short Versus Brown
Playing under the Osborne Stadium lights in Game 2 of the Liberty Invitational, the Liberty women's soccer team hosted Brown, Friday night. Unfortunately, a goal in the 51st minute by Brown's Allie Reilly sealed the Lady Flames fate, as they fell short against the Bears, 1-0.
With the loss in its first-ever meeting with Brown, Liberty falls to 0-2-1 on the season. The Bears open their season 1-0.
The Lady Flames and the Bears played to a stalemate in the first half. Brown outshot the tournament host, 9-2, in the opening stanza. Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker helped prevent the Bears' offense from capitalizing, making four saves in the half.
Maddie Boone had a chance to put the Lady Flames up with one minute remaining in the half. The freshman midfielder blasted a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, but the attempt sailed high, leading to the 0-0 tie at halftime.
In the second half, Brown took the advantage six minutes into the period. Louisa Pitney pounced on a loose ball inside the goalie box, tapping out of the reach of Blocker to Reilley, who tapped it in the Liberty net for the only goal of the contest and a 1-0 advantage.
Later during the 64th minute, a free kick by Lady Flame Heather Bentley was corralled by Brown goalkeeper M.C. Barrett.
The Bears defense held off the Liberty attack for the remainder of the period to post a 1-0 victory.
The Bears outshot Liberty in the contest, 15-5, with each team taking one corner kick on the night. Blocker played the entire 90 minutes in the net for Liberty, finishing with seven saves. Amber Bledsoe was in between the posts for Brown in the first half, while Barrett started and played the entire second half, making one stop.
Brown will play in Game 3 of the Liberty Invitational, Sunday, taking on Coastal Carolina at 12 p.m.
Liberty returns to the field at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday to wrap up the tournament against Valparaiso, who defeated the Chanticleers earlier Friday afternoon in Game 1, 1-0.