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Field Hockey Travels South to Face Limestone
The Liberty field hockey team will aim to halt its three-game slide, Friday, when the Lady Flames travel south to take on NCAA Division II program Limestone in Gaffney, S.C. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Since jumping out to a 3-2 record, the Lady Flames have been held scoreless in their last three contests. Liberty's games against Robert Morris (Sept. 18) and Eastern Mennonite (Sept. 22) were closely contested, with each opponent claiming victory by a slim 1-0 margin, while Longwood (Sept. 24) posted a 4-0 victory over the Lady Flames.
Despite being outshot 41-15 in the last three games, Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis has helped keep the Lady Flames in striking distance much of the time. The junior has tallied 22 saves during the span and now ranks No. 4 in the nation in save percentage, denying shots at a .818 clip. She also registers at No. 12 nationally in saves per game, at 7.88.
Friday's game will be a matchup between two developing programs, as Liberty is in its first season and Limestone is competing in its third season. Head coach Lindsay Jackson, who has been at the helm since the Saints' first year of competition, has her team off to the program's best start in history. Limestone has recorded a 5-1 mark in its first six games to match the program record for wins in a season already.
Limestone has been able to control the offense so far this year, outshooting its opponents by a 137-34 margin. Abby Rummel and Rachel Goromonzi head the Saints' scoring attack, posting six and five goals, respectively. Goromonzi leads the team in shot attempts with 23, while Rummel has been efficient in her scoring efforts, connecting on six of her 12 shots on the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Hinton has started each game in the cage for the Saints to earn a 4-1 record. Rachael Sanders has also seen quality minutes as goalkeeper and picked up Limestone's other win on the season. As a pair, Hinton and Sanders have given up eight goals on the year while facing limited shots on goal. Combined, they have recorded a .600 save percentage.
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