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Lady Flames Edged By North Carolina State, 1-0 In OT
For the second-straight match, the Liberty Lady Flames went to overtime, before falling to the N.C. State Wolfpack, 1-0 in overtime, Friday night, in the second game of the Summitt Hospitality Invite, at the SAS Soccer Complex.For the second-straight match, the Liberty Lady Flames went to overtime, before falling to the N.C. State Wolfpack, 1-0 in overtime, Friday night, in the second game of the Summitt Hospitality Invite, at the SAS Soccer Complex.
The Wolfpack's Carol Tognetti tallied the game-winner in overtime by collecting a rebound of a shot by Lindsay Vera from the outer 18 box in the game's 95th minute.
Despite a persistent attack by North Carolina State, Liberty held the Wolfpack offense down throughout regulation with solid defensive play and another strong effort by goalkeeper Sonia Rodriguez (Sr., Fairfax, Va.), who made several outstanding stops to keep the game at 0-0.
In the second half, the Lady Flames weather a continued N.C. State attack including the Pack posting four-straight shots within a three minute span. During that time, the Wolfpack seem to take a 1-0 advantage with just over 15 minutes to go after a restart following an injury timeout, only to have it called back on an offside call.
Liberty came close to breaking the scoreless deadlock with two shots late in the match with seven minutes remaining. One of the shots by Lady Flames' Mandee Judd (Jr., MF, Front Royal, Va.) was stopped by N.C. State goalkeeper Kim Selz in Liberty's best attempt to break through in the second half.
On the evening, the Wolfpack out shot Liberty, 22-4 and had the advantage on corner kicks at 9-4.
The Lady Flames' Rodriguez finished the night with eight saves, while N.C. State's Selz finished with two.
"Obviously, we are a little disappointed with the outcome, but we are very happy with the effort," stated Liberty head coach James Price. "We knew are chances would be few, but we played very well and almost got one [a win]."
The Wolfpack picked up its third consecutive victory with the win to improve to 3-0, while the Lady Flames fall to 1-1-1.
Liberty continues in the Summitt Hospitality Invite, at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. at noon on Sunday, September 4 by taking on Elon.