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Liberty Falls in Rainy Contest at Wofford
Playing in a steady rain for most the evening, the Wofford Terriers downed the Liberty Flames, 3-1, Tuesday night at Snyder Field.
Liberty drops to 6-4 on the season. The match was the final non-conference contest of the year for the Flames. Wofford moves to 4-7-1 on the year.
With a light rain falling, both teams exchanged shot attempts to open the contest. Liberty midfielder Juan F. Niño forced Terrier goalkeeper Ben Limbaugh to make a save with the first shot of the match during the fifth minute. Wofford forward Alex Hutchins countered with the host team's first attempt in the seventh minute, but was turned away by Flames goalkeeper Josh Pacella.
During the eighth minute, the Terriers got on the scoreboard. Forward Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez came free at the top left corner of the 18-yard box and dropped a pass to the right side for defender Forest Lasso, who netted his first goal of the season to give Wofford a 1-0 advantage.
After a header by Liberty forward Timothy Bullock sailed wide past the left post in the 16th minute, the Terriers put pressure on the Flames defense during the 18th minute with a corner kick. Off the kick, a header by Lasso was blocked. Midfielder Wiley Sinkus picked up the loose ball and pushed a shot toward the Liberty net, which Pacella corralled for another save.
Midway through the half, the rainfall became steady and continued through the rest of the game.
Wofford upped its lead to 2-0 during the 36th minute. Off a free kick, midfielder Turner Almond sent a pass to Hutchins for a shot from the center of the box. The forward scored from 15 yards out for his fourth goal of the year.
Wofford outshot Liberty, 9-7, while corner kicks were even in the first 30 minutes at two apiece.
The visiting Flames cut their deficit to one, with a goal during the 52nd minute. After a header by Niño went wide during the 51st minute, the senior midfielder netted his first goal of the year moments later. Forward Kyle Breitmeyer sent a pass from the left side of the field across the 18-yard box for Niño at the far post. The midfielder tucked a shot into the net to trim Wofford's lead to 2-1.
The Terriers extended their advantage to the final margin of 3-1 in the 58th minute. Off a corner kick, Pacella blocked a shot by Lasso, but was unable to control the rebound, as the deflection fell to defender Billy Padula in front of the net for his first goal of the year.
During the 60th minute, a header shot by Niño forced a save by Wofford netminder Limbaugh and an attempt by Aseweh in the 77th minute was knocked off the goal line by a Terrier defender to keep Liberty from closing the gap on the scoreboard.
A shot by Aseweh went wide and one by Phillips was high during the final three minutes, as Wofford was able to secure the victory.
The Flames held a slight edge over the Terriers in shots, 15-14. Corner kicks in the match were evened at four apiece.
Pacella played all 90 minutes in the Liberty goal, making five saves. Limbaugh recorded three saves for Wofford.
The Flames return home for a Big South match and Senior Night against the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, Friday night. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Before the game, the six seniors on the Liberty roster will be recognized.