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Golden Goal Moves Winthrop Past Liberty
The Liberty women's soccer team's five-game unbeaten streak was snapped Saturday night, as the Winthrop Eagles defeated the Lady Flames at Eagle Field, 3-2.
After Liberty came from two goals down to force overtime, Winthrop's Courtney Durbin scored a golden goal in the extra period to secure the Eagles' win.
Liberty falls to 5-4-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big South. Winthrop improves to 7-5 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.
Durbin led Winthrop with a hat trick, receiving assists from Tori Davis and Krystna Freda.
Aimee Luurtsema paced the Lady Flames with two goals, scoring for the first time since Liberty's season opener against No. 10 Virginia on Aug. 26. Freshman Maddie Boone finished the contest with an assist.
In the 11th minute, forward Kelly Henion fired a shot at the Winthrop net, but goalkeeper Sarah Schippers was there to make the stop, preventing Liberty from gaining the advantage.
Durbin gave the Eagles the lead in the 37th minute. Davis chipped a pass over the Liberty defense to Durbin, who placed the ball in the left corner for the 1-0 advantage.
Durbin upped the ante less than six minutes later. This time, Freda sent a crossing pass to the forward from outside the 18-yard box. With the net left open, Durbin finished the play to give Winthrop a 2-0 edge.
Senior forward Luurtsema attempted to cut the Liberty deficit in the opening five minutes of the second half. The Grandville, Mich., native sent a shot at the Eagles goal, but once again Schippers corralled the attempt, leaving the Lady Flames scoreless.
Undeterred by the stop, Luurtsema found the mark in the 68th minute to make it 2-1. The attacker spun around a Winthrop defender and placed a shot in the right corner for her second goal of the season.
Luurtsema was not finished scoring on the night. After receiving a pass from Boone, the attacker blasted a shot from the far side which found its way past the inside post. Luurtsema's late-game goal in the 80th minute tied the contest, 2-2, and forced overtime.
In the extra period, Winthrop's golden occurred in the beginning of the 97th minute. Following a Liberty foul, Durbin set up for a penalty kick, which was saved by Blocker. However, Durbin followed up the save and scored on the rebound for the 3-2 win.
Winthrop outshot the Lady Flames, 18-15, and held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker played the full 97:06, finishing with four saves. Schippers occupied the posts the entire contest, making five stops.
Winthrop heads to VMI on Thursday for a matchup with the Keydets at 4 p.m.
Liberty returns to action Tuesday, taking on High Point at Vert Stadium. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.