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Liberty Falls to Old Dominion on Penalty Kicks
After playing to a scoreless draw, the Old Dominion Monarchs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship over the Liberty Flames, 5-4, on penalty kicks.
Liberty, the 2011 Big South Champion, ends its season with an 11-6-3 mark. Old Dominion moves to 12-5-2. The Flames recorded their ninth shutout of the year during the 110 minutes of play, holding the No.2 scoring offense in the nation scoreless.
After Monarch forward Yannick Smith fired a shot wide during the contest's opening minute, play settled in the midfield between the 18-yard boxes until a corner kick by Old Dominion during the 10th minute. Off the kick, a shot by Smith from the middle of the box was blocked out of bounds by a Liberty defender. The Flames cleared the ensuing corner kick, preventing any further scoring opportunities.
Forward Darren Amoo attempted Liberty's first shot from 20 yards out with a defender on his hip. His liner during 16th minute was wide.
The Flames defense was able to weather three consecutive corner kicks without yielding the game's first goal in the 22nd minute. Of the two Monarch shots during the sequence, neither reached the goalkeeper after being deflected in front by defenders.
The host team had another scoring opportunity in the 31st minute. Midfielder Tim Hopkinson took a feed at the left post and lifted a shot, which was deflected away on an outstanding defensive play by Liberty defender Sam Duininck. The sophomore raced back and punched the ball out of the center of the box, while colliding with the goal's left post.
During the 33rd minute, Hopkinson came free from a shot on the left side of the field, leveling a shot from 20 yards out, which hit the far right post and bounded into the center of the 18-yard box. Hopkinson followed with another shot, pushing it wide of the right post and out of play.
In the 39th minute, Liberty was able to get midfielder Phillip Aseweh free for a shot from the right side of the penalty area. However, the midfielder popped his shot high over the goal.
The half closed with a flurry of four shots by Old Dominion during the 43rdh minute. The first two shots sent into the center of the 18-yard box were blocked by Flame defenders, while the final two shots of sequence were pulled wide.
Old Dominion outshot Liberty, 14-3, over the first 45 minutes. The Monarchs also held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Flames began the second half on the attack. In the 52nd minute, forward Timothy Bullock ripped a shot from the left corner of the box, forcing a save by Old Dominion goalkeeper Victor Francoz. A minute later off a corner kick, a Monarch defender knocked down a header by Amoo and cleared the zone.
Liberty goalkeeper Scott Sutarik made a diving save on a shot by Hopkinson in the 66th minute. The Monarch midfielder pushed a right-footed shot from point blank range at the net, only to see Sutarik reach out and bat down the attempt with his left hand to keep the match scoreless.
In transition, Bullock came free for a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box during the 84th minute. However, Francoz was able to smother the shot to prevent a score.
Old Dominion held a 17-7 edge in shots during regulation. The Monarchs has four shots on goal, while the Flames had two shots on goal. Old Dominion also held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The only attempt in the final minutes of regulation was a shot wide by Flames midfielder Alex Verville, sending the contest to overtime.
In first overtime period, Sutarik stopped a shot by Hopkinson from the center of the penalty in the 95th minute, while an attempt from 25 yards by Monarch midfielder Chris Harmon was wide a minute later.
After the first four penalty kicks, neither team had missed. However after a make by Smith on Old Dominion's fifth attempt, Francoz stopped an attempt by Bullock, allowing the Monarchs to advance.
Old Dominion outshot Liberty, 21-8, for the contest and also held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
Sutarik recorded five saves in the Flames' net, while Francoz made two saves for the Monarchs.