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Liberty Bests Presbyterian College, 2-0
The Liberty women's soccer team returned to the win column, Thursday night, defeating Presbyterian College at Edens Field, 2-0.
With the win, the Lady Flames improve to 7-7-3 overall and 4-4-1 in Big South Conference play. The Blue Hose fall to 3-13-2 on the season and 1-6-2 in conference action.
"The girls decided to play for the Lord in such a way that they were willing to take risks," head coach Jessica Hain stated. "There was a lot of extra effort and teamwork from the girls tonight, which helped lead to the win."
Liberty struck first in the contest, scoring a goal in the seventh minute. Emily Hoy netted the first goal of her collegiate career, blasting a shot from just outside the 18-yard box into the upper left corner to give the Lady Flames an early 1-0 edge.
In the 11th minute, Rebecca Miller tried to garner the equalizer for the Blue Hose, but Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker was there to thwart the attempt, keeping the home team scoreless.
The Lady Flames continued to fire shots at the PC net throughout the period. Freshman Helena Pereira posted Liberty's second goal of the contest in the 34th minute, marking the first of her collegiate career. As goalkeeper Sarah Bath Anderson attempted to clear the ball, Pereira leapt into the netminder's clearance area and deflected the ball into the net.
Pereira's goal gave the Lady Flames a 2-0 advantage at halftime. In the opening period, Liberty outshot Presbyterian College 8-4. The Blue Hose held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
During the second half, Gracie Boswell attempted to put Presbyterian College on the board in the 63rd minute, firing a shot at the Liberty net. Once again, Blocker was able to make the save. Six minutes later, Blocker deflected another shot from Sara Simpson, preventing the Blue Hose from igniting the scoreboard.
In the 74th minute, Aimee Luurtsema sent a shot toward the Blue Hose net, but Anderson made the save, foiling Liberty's attempt to take a three-goal lead.
At the opposite end, Stephanie Allen tried once more to give the Blue Hose their first goal of the contest in the 79th minute. However, Blocker corralled the shot, ultimately leading to the 2-0 final.
The Lady Flames outshot the Blue Hose in the contest, 10-9. Each team had three corner kicks in the matchup. Anderson finished the contest with five saves, while Blocker made four stops for Liberty. Blocker also picked up her fourth shutout of the season and 11th of her career.
Presbyterian College concludes its regular-season slate, Saturday, when it hosts High Point at 7 p.m.
Liberty plays its final game of the 2011 regular season at UNC Asheville on Saturday. Game time between the Lady Flames and the Bulldogs is slated for noon.