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Lady Flames Come Up Short Against Limestone
Playing its final game of a seven-game road stretch, the Liberty field hockey team fell 2-0 to Limestone, Friday, at Limestone's Timken Field.
The loss drops the Lady Flames to 3-6, while Limestone posts its program record sixth win of the season against one loss.
Offensive action was hard to come by in the opening period, with Limestone posting the first shot in the 15th minute of play.
Liberty produced its own opportunities beginning in the 22nd minute, earning four consecutive penalty corners. However, Limestone only yielded one shot during the nine minute span, with a Lindsay Hanks attempt sailing wide.
Limestone countered in the final three minutes of the opening period, firing three shots and also earning a pair of penalty corners.
The first half ended scoreless, with Limestone holding a 5-2 shot advantage and Liberty earning a 5-2 penalty corner advantage.
Liberty attacked quickly in the second half, with Taylor Swalm sending a shot wide after a penalty corner. However, the shot attempt ended up being the final shot for the Lady Flames.
Shortly after, Limestone earned three consecutive penalty corners, within just over a minute of play. On the final opportunity, the Saints fired away a pair of shots. The first attempt was blocked, but Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis was able to secure the second shot for a save and clear the ball.
Limestone continued the pressure at the 48th minute, as Rachel Goromonzi posted a pair of shots on goal. Jefferis kept the game knotted at zero, knocking away both attempts.
Abby Rummel, the Saints' leading scorer, notched the first goal of the afternoon with just 12:31 remaining. Rummel found the back of the cage after obtaining the rebound of a teammate's shot.
Just over six minutes later, Limestone secured a 2-0 cushion with a score in transition. Rummel also had a hand in the second goal of the game, as she fed Sara Parker from the right portion of the circle. Parker scored the goal, rushing in from the top of the circle.
Jefferis finished the game with five saves, before coming out with under three minutes remaining. Brooke Morley finished the game in the cage, for the first minutes of her career.
Limestone's 2-0 victory is their fifth straight win and fourth consecutive shutout. Lindsay Hinton played all 70 minutes for the hosts to record her fifth win of the year.
Liberty returns to the field next Wednesday, when it hosts its third and final game of the year. Game time with Roanoke is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.