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Lady Flames Blank Lehigh 1-0 for First Win of the Season

August 26, 2012
|  Bethlehem, Pa.
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Head coach Jodi Murphy

The Liberty Lady Flames defeated the host Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 1-0, Sunday afternoon for their first win of the 2012 season.

The victory also marks the Lady Flames' first win against a Division I opponent in the program's young history. With the win, Liberty improves to 1-1 on the season while the Mountain Hawks drop to 0-2.

With regards to the first Division I win in program history, head coach Jodi Murphy commented, "This win is an incredible moment for this young group. We have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and with each game, over the last year, we have inched one step closer. Every girl within this program gets a piece of history today and that is something to be very proud of."

Early on in the contest, both teams put pressure on the opposing team's defense. Liberty fired off four shots and Lehigh answered with six shots of their own. Liberty's Brooke Morley and Lehigh's Sydney Matinsky turned away the attempts to keep the game scoreless.

Liberty broke the scoreless tie with just over four minutes remaining in the half. Off of a penalty corner, Morgan DeMann put a shot on goal that was saved by Matinsky. Helen Doolittle collected the rebound, but her shot was also turned away. On the ensuing scramble for possession, Liberty's Megan Johnson collected the loose ball and knocked it into the goal to put the Lady Flames up 1-0. The one goal advantage was all that Morley and the rest of the Liberty defense needed.

Despite trailing, Lehigh held a slight edge in shots, 9-8, and penalty corners, 5-3, at the end of the first half.

Liberty and Lehigh traded shots in the second half, but the offensive struggles continue, as neither team was able to find the back of the cage. Doolittle, Ashlee Krulock, Abbey Basom, Sarah Gipe, and Morgan Mummau each recorded shots in the second half for the Lady Flames.

With less than three minutes to go in the game, Lehigh had two more attempts to tie the contest but both shots were blocked by Morley.

Liberty controlled the final minutes of play, holding off the Mountain Hawks for the victory.

The Mountain Hawks once again held a slight edge in shots, 6-5, in the second half and each team was awarded four penalty corners. For the game, Liberty had 13 shots and 7 penalty corners. Lehigh finished with 15 shots and 9 penalty corners.

Morley finished the game with 13 saves and Matinsky ended up with nine stops.

"I am very pleased with this win after coming off a tough loss at Saint Joseph's on Friday," stated Murphy. "The girls came out thirsty and confident. I am especially proud of Coach Raithel and her hard work with goalkeeper Brooke Morley, who earned who first career shutout today."

Liberty returns to action this coming Saturday for its home opener against Georgetown, followed by a matchup with William & Mary on Sunday afternoon. Game time for the Georgetown game is set for 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the William & Mary contest.