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Liberty Shutout by Davidson, 3-0
Beginning its final road stretch of the season, the Liberty field hockey team fell to NorPac program Davidson, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Belk Turf Field. The homestanding Wildcats posted a pair of goals in a 22-second span to open the second half and secure the victory.
Liberty (5-8) started the first half with another strong defensive performance, holding the Wildcats (8-6) scoreless until the 21:58 mark of the game. Junior goalkeeper Ann Jefferis posted three saves to begin the contest, before Davidson found the back of the cage on its sixth shot on the afternoon.
The Wildcats' Tyler McFayden gave the hosts a 1-0 lead, as she recorded her third goal of the season after picking up a loose ball and finding the left corner of the goal.
Liberty then held Davidson scoreless for the remainder of the first half, despite giving up five penalty corner opportunities. Jefferis collected two more saves in the opening 35 minutes, keeping the Lady Flames within striking distance for the final half of play.
Davidson rallied quickly out of the intermission, posting a pair of goals in just a span of 22 seconds, each coming from Christine Rua.
Rua, the team's second-leading scorer, set her team's lead to 2-0, 1:58 into the final half. The senior posted her seventh tally of the season after collecting a blocked shot from Amato Finley, which came shortly after a penalty corner.
The Wildcats' scoring finished at the 37:20 mark in the game, as Rua provided the extra cushion.
Davidson's offense continued the attack, but Jefferis added three saves during the second half, leading to her total of eight on the afternoon.
Freshman Helen Doolittle also tallied a defensive save on the afternoon, denying a score in the 59th minute of play.
On the offensive side, Doolittle had an attempt to get the Lady Flames on the board late in the game, after Liberty was awarded a penalty stroke. However, goalkeeper Carolyn Macek, who entered the game approximately nine minutes earlier, collected the Wildcats' sole save of the afternoon.
The Wildcats ended the contest with the 19-1 advantage in shots, while also holding the edge in penalty corner opportunities, 8-0.
Liberty will have exactly one week to prepare for its next match-up, with the team travelling to North Carolina for the second-consecutive weekend. The Lady Flames will meet up with another NorPac program, Appalachian State, at 1 p.m., next Sunday.