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First Victory in History Posted by Lady Flames
The first victory in Liberty field hockey history was recorded this evening, with the Lady Flames shutting out Marywood, 3-0, in their first game at Mary Washington's invitational tournament in Fredericksburg, Va.
Liberty controlled the ball for much of the contest, outshooting the Pacers 15-5 and holding the 20-3 advantage in penalty corners. Freshman Helen Doolittle posted eight shots herself on the way to tallying her second and third goals of the season, each being assisted by Jordan Richardson. Meanwhile, Amanda Marroquin notched the other goal for Liberty, as Abby Batdorf pitched in the assist on the goal.
"Tonight's win marked a special moment in the Liberty field hockey program. I am incredibly proud of this group of young ladies who are blazing a trail for players and seasons to come," remarked head coach Jodi Murphy, who captured her first career victory as a head coach.
Liberty pressed hard in the opening minutes of the game, earning five penalty corners in the first 6:40 of play. Shortly after the fifth corner, Doolittle gave the Lady Flames a 1-0 edge on a pass from Richardson.
Marroquin, a senior, then added her first career goal at the 24:06 mark in the first half, scoring on an assist from Batdorf. The assist gave Batdorf her first career points.
"Amanda made an immediate impact off the bench while earning her first career goal," stated Murphy on the Kennedyville, Md., native."
Another scoring opportunity escaped the Lady Flames at the 25-minute mark, as Doolittle wasn't able to capitalize on a penalty stroke. Marywood goalkeeper Jamie Bowman blocked away the shot for her third save in the first half. She then tallied two more saves toward the end of the opening 35-minutes on shots from Liberty freshmen Morgan DeMann and Lindsey Hanks.
Doolittle capped off the scoring for the evening nearly three minutes into the second half, scoring once again on an assist from Richardson.
"Helen Doolittle continues to etch her name in the books with two more goals this evening. Helen has great game-sense and poise on the ball," commented Murphy.
The Pacers found more offensive opportunities in the second half, as each of their five shots were posted in the final 35-minutes of play. Four shots were on goal, and Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis blocked each shot away. Each of Marywood's penalty corners also came in the second half.
The shutout for Jefferis is the fourth of her career, after posting three during her two years of play at Richmond.
"Tonight's win was an entire team effort. However, I would be remiss if I did not mention Ann Jefferis earning her fourth career shutout and her first in a Liberty jersey," said Murphy.
Murphy commented on using the win moving forward, saying, "This win will hopefully provide us some momentum heading into a well-coached top-ten Division III program, Christopher Newport tomorrow afternoon."
Liberty's matchup with Christopher Newport is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow and will complete the team's weekend at Mary Washington's tournament. The Captains currently hold a No. 12 ranking in the 2011 Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Preseason Poll.