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Lady Flames to Host a Pair of Games This Weekend

August 31, 2012
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Megan Johnson

Coming off their first win against a Division I opponent this past Sunday, the Liberty field hockey team returns to action this weekend, with a pair of games at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. On Saturday, the Lady Flames welcome BIG EAST foe the Georgetown Hoyas for its home opener, followed by a Sunday matchup with the Tribe of William & Mary. Game times are set for 1 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for Saturday's and Sunday's contests will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats links on the field hockey schedule/results page.

A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty is coming off a 1-0 win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in Bethlehem, Pa. on Sunday afternoon. The win evened up the Lady Flames' record for the season at 1-1. Two days earlier, Liberty fell in a hard fought contest at Saint Joseph's to open the 2012 season, 2-1. 

At Saint Joseph's, the Lady Flames fell behind 2-0 at the half, before freshman Abbey Basom put Liberty on the board with her first career goal with 12 minutes remaining in the game. But, that is all the closer they were able to get as Saint Joseph's held on for the 2-1 win.

On Sunday, Liberty bounced back with the victory over the Mountain Hawks. Sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Morley posted her first career shutout in just her second career start. A first half goal by Megan Johnson was all that was needed for Morley and the rest of the Lady Flames' defense.

Through two games, Morley has recorded 17 saves and allowed just the one goal for a save percentage of .895. The goalkeeper was named the NorPac East Division Defensive Player of the Week for her effort, while Basom garnered the conference's Co-Rookie of the Week honor. Helen Doolittle leads the team with five shots, while a trio of freshman, Basom, Morgan Mummau and Sarah Gipe, each have four shots.

 A Look at Georgetown
The Hoyas enter their contest against Liberty with a 1-1 record. They picked up a 3-2 win in their season opener against Appalachian State last Saturday and dropped a 4-0 decision to Davidson on Sunday.

The contest against Appalachian State saw the Hoyas erase a one goal deficit with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 second half lead. A late goal by Appalachian State could not turn the tide as Georgetown held on for the 3-2 victory. Annie Wilson led the way for the Hoyas with an assist and the eventual game winning goal.

Against Davidson, the Hoyas fell behind ten minutes into the game and trailed by a 1-0 score at the half. Davidson broke the contest open with three second half goals to come away with the shutout. Hoyas' Goalkeeper Briana Pereira recorded seven saves, but Georgetown's offense was held without a shot for the game.

For the season, Wilson leads the Hoyas with a goal and an assist for three points. Catherine Shugrue and Kimberly Keating have also recorded a goal apiece. Pereira has recorded 10 saves on the season, while allowing six goals for a save percentage of .625.

A Look at William & Mary
William & Mary is coming off two impressive wins this past weekend. The Tribe defeated Davidson, 5-1, and rolled past Appalachian State, 7-2.

In their matchup with Davidson, Christine Johnson tied a school record with four goals to lead the way for the Tribe. The four-goal performance earned Johnson the CAA Player of the Week Award. Ashley Kyle also tallied a goal in the contest, while Jesse Ebner and Chaney Manganello each notched two assists.

In its game with Appalachian State, multiple players contributed to the victory. Leading the Tribe was Allison Moran, who recorded a career high two goals and two assists in the contest. Six other players recorded either a goal or an assist and 10 more added at least a shot on goal. The seven goals in the game were the most scored by William & Mary since the 2005 season.

Through two games, Johnson leads the way with four goals and eight points for the Tribe, while Moran and Kyle have six and four points, respectively. In goal, Elizabeth Frey and Catherine Johnson have each started a game. Frey has allowed one goal, while stopping three shots and Johnson has surrendered two goals, while blocking five.

Looking Ahead
Next up, the Lady Flames will remain in Lynchburg for a September 8 matchup with Penn. Game time is slated for 11 a.m.