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Liberty Falls in Home Opener to Drexel, Sunday

August 19, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Lady Flames midfielder Helena Pereira

Looking to build off a 1-0 win over Davidson this past Friday, the Liberty women's soccer team opened its home slate against Drexel, Sunday afternoon. Despite outshooting the Dragons and holding the advantage in corner kicks, the Lady Flames were unable to find the net in the contest, allowing the visitors to pick up the 1-0 win at Osborne Stadium.

Melissa Chapman scored the Dragons' lone goal in the first half thanks to a Gabby Dixon assist.
Liberty falls to 1-1 on the season, while Drexel improves to 1-1 following a 2-0 loss to Big South newcomer Longwood on Friday.

The Dragons attempted to get on the board early with two shots in the opening eight minutes. Freshman forward Crystal Elmers, who scored the game-winning goal against Davidson this past Friday, tried keep the momentum going with a shot in the 11th minute. However, the blast by the Fenwick, Ontario native sailed wide.

Later in the 20th minute, Pereira fired off her first of five shots on the day. Drexel goalkeeper Eve Badana was there to make the stop, keeping the game scoreless.

The Dragons recorded their lone goal just before the 29th minute. Sydney Douglas booted a corner kick which came off the post. After a scramble in the box, Dixon flicked a pass to Melissa Champan who tapped it into the Liberty net, giving the Dragons a 1-0 advantage.

Casey Norris tried to even things just before the end of the period, but Badana was there to thwart the attempt and maintain the Dragons' lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Flames had three corner kick opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, but were unable to capitalize.

Pereira continued to be factor offensively for Liberty, taking another shot at goal in the 61st minute that was stuffed by Badana. Five minutes later, the Bristol Conn., native belted a shot off a free kick. Fortunately for the Dragons, Badana was able to get in front of the ball and put her hands up just in time to prevent a potential game tying goal.

Pereira took her final shot on goal in the 84th minute. Once again, Badana was there to make the save, which ultimately gave way to 1-0 final.

Liberty outshot the Dragons in the contest, 9-6, and held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Badana played the entire 90 minutes for the Dragons in the net, finishing with five saves. Karen Blocker also spent the full contest in between the pipes for the Lady Flames.

Liberty heads up to Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday to take on No. 7 Virginia. The Cavaliers are coming off a 5-0 win over defending Big South champion Radford, earlier this afternoon. Game time at Klöckner Stadium between the Lady Flames and Cavaliers is slated for 7 p.m.