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Lady Flames Topped by Longwood, 4-0
Competing in its sixth consecutive road game, the Liberty field hockey team dropped a 4-0 contest to Longwood, Saturday afternoon at Longwood's Athletics Complex.
The Lady Flames fall to 3-5 with the defeat, as the homestanding Lancers improve to 4-6 with the victory.
Longwood struck quickly in the opening half, scoring the game's first goal in the third minute of play. Resulting from a penalty corner, Stacey de Grandhomme tallied her fifth goal of the season on a shot that deflected off a Liberty defender and into the goal. Sarah Bietsch and Rachel Akers earned the assists on the play.
Five minutes later, the home-standing Lancers knocked in their second goal of the game, also coming off a penalty corner. This time, Christina Verhulst scored on a deflection at the right post, as Olga Knop chipped in with the assist.
Helen Doolittle posted the Lady Flames lone shot in the first half of play, but the attempt was blocked by a Longwood defender. The attempt developed after what turned out to be the team's sole penalty corner in the match.
The Lancers continued the offensive pressure throughout the remainder of the opening 35-minutes, but Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis secured saves on the four on-target shots to keep the score at 2-0.
Liberty was outshot in the opening half, 9-1, while the Lancers also held the edge in penalty corners, 10-1.
Jefferis continued to work hard in the cage, posting three more saves early in the second half. However, Verhulst posted her second goal of the game with a shot from the left post. Kaity Byrum assisted at the 47:12 mark in the game.
Lindsey Hanks made Longwood goalkeeper Amy Lewis defend her position shortly after, posting the Lady Flames' first shot on goal in the contest. Lewis, who was making her first appearance of the season, blocked the ball away to keep the visitors scoreless.|
The final goal of the contest came with just under six minutes remaining, with Jessica Diaz finding Lauren Sullivan on a fast break.
Liberty finished the game with three shots, while the Lancers posted 19. However, the Lady Flames did limit penalty corner opportunities for Longwood in the second half, only giving up three. The Lancers still owned the advantage in corners, though, at a 13-1 margin.
Liberty has a slight break from game action, with their next contest being played on Sept. 30, when the team travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on Limestone College.