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Strong Second Half Leads Lady Flames to Victory
The Liberty field hockey team produced a strong second half of play, Friday, scoring three goals on the way to a 3-0 win over Lindenwood in a neutral site matchup. Six different Lady Flames scored a point the in the contest, with three players tallying a goal and three others pitching in on the assists.
The Lady Flames' third consecutive win improves their record to 3-2, while Lindenwood, who is transitioning into NCAA Division II play, falls to 0-3 with the defeat.
The opening half of play proved to be a defensive battle, as neither team was able to find the back of the cage. However, Liberty controlled a 10-minute period in the middle of the opening half, firing off six shots during the span. While three shots were wide of the target, Lindenwood goalkeeper Julianne Sutton was able to block away the other three Liberty attempts.
Liberty's offense continued the pressure in the second half, posting two more shots within the opening two minutes. Freshman Lindsey Hanks then broke through for the Lady Flames, slipping one by Sutton on a pass from Taylor Swalm at the 39:45 mark in the game. The goal was the first of Hanks' collegiate career, while Swalm tallied her second assist of the year.
Just minutes later, shortly after the 45-minute mark, Abby Batdorf knocked home her second goal in as many games. Jordan Richardson chipped in with the assist on the play for her team-leading third of the season.
While Lindenwood posted nine shots in the next 15 minutes of play, many would not be on target and Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis blocked away two attempts.
With under 14 minutes remaining in the contest, Helen Doolittle extended the Lady Flames' cushion to 3-0, scoring her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Fellow freshman Meghan Johnson set up Doolittle on the play, to tally her first career point.
Lindenwood was able to strike four more shots in the closing minutes of the game, but were not able to capitalize, giving Liberty the win and Jefferis her second shutout of the season.
Each team fired 14 shots apiece in the game, while Lindenwood held the slight advantage in penalty corners, 9-8.
Liberty will remain in Moon Township, Pa., finishing the weekend with a game against host Robert Morris on Sunday. The game is scheduled for a noon start.