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Lady Flames Meet Mountaineers on Sunday
After a week-long break from competition, the Liberty field hockey team will face off with Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Boone, N.C. The game is the team's second contest in a six-game road stretch that will conclude the Lady Flames' inaugural season.
Liberty will travel to the state of North Carolina for the second consecutive weekend, after matching up with Davidson last Sunday. The Wildcats came away with a 3-0 home victory in that contest, dropping the Lady Flames' record to 5-8 on the year.
While head coach Jodi Murphy's squad has been shut out in its two latest contests, the games have come against stiff competition—the ACC's Wake Forest and defending NorPac East Division regular-season champion Davidson. The tough opponents forced the team to continue its strong defensive play displayed throughout the season.
Despite Wake Forest and Davidson combining for 50 shots in the two games, Liberty gave up a total of just eight goals. Also, the two opponents combined for 22 penalty corners, with just three goals coming shortly after the opportunities.
Junior goalkeeper Ann Jefferis has continued her stellar play in goal and now ranks No. 8 in the nation in save percentage, blocking away shots at a .791 clip. The Harleysville, Pa., native accumulated 23 saves in the two contests, including denying the Demon Deacons from scoring on their first 13 shots on goal last Friday.
The Lady Flames' matchup with the Mountaineers allows each team to preview one another before competing as NorPac foes next year, when Liberty will join the NCAA single-sport conference.
Brandi Alexander Kist is in her sixth season at the helm of Appalachian State's field hockey program, with the team going 1-13 so far this season. The Mountaineers split their regular season matchups with Radford, defeating the homestanding Highlanders, 3-2, for their lone win of the year on Sept. 23.
Appalachian State's record may be deceiving though, as the Mountaineers have lost one-goal decisions to Missouri State, Delaware, Robert Morris, Radford and Towson.
The senior-sophomore combination of Kelly Allaband and Brooklyn Shearer have led the Mountaineers' offense, each scoring four goals and tallying one assist this season for nine points. Meanwhile, freshman Jessi Stewart has also accumulated nine points, chipping in with three goals and three assists.
Bridgette Street has served as the starting goalkeeper for Appalachian State, posting a goals-against average of 4.27. The senior has saved 112 shots to post a save percentage of .679.
Before hosting the Lady Flames on Sunday, the Mountaineers will take on Central Michigan at 11 a.m., Saturday. The game is a neutral-site contest, taking place in Durham, N.C.
Streaming video will be available through Appalachian State's website, with a link provided on LibertyFlames.com. To gain access, fans must register and pay a fee.