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Liberty Falls at Home to William & Mary
The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team saw its two-game winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon, falling to the Tribe of William & Mary, 3-0.
With the loss, Liberty drops to 2-2 on the year. Meanwhile, the Tribe remains unbeaten at 4-0 despite being limited to a season-low three goals on the afternoon.
Early on in the contest, William & Mary applied pressure to the Lady Flames' defense with seven shots. The Liberty defense was up to the task, turning away each of those shots to keep the game scoreless. Liberty goalkeeper Brooke Morley recorded two saves in that span.
With 13:34 remaining in the first half, the game was halted due to lightning in the area. The delay lasted for two hours and 32 minutes.
After play resumed, the Tribe continued to pressure the Liberty defense before finally breaking through with just under two and a half minutes left in the first half. William & Mary's Jesse Ebner converted from close range off of a feed from Maria Caro to give the Tribe the 1-0 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, Liberty's defense once again played tough, but the William & Mary offense was too much as they were able to find the back of the cage twice more in the half.
Allison Moran converted from the right wing off of a pass from Brittany Hopkins to push the lead to 2-0. The goal was Moran's third of the season.
With less than eight minutes remaining in the contest, Moran came out of a scramble in front of the Liberty goal with the ball and fed teammate Pip Saunders who snuck it past Morley for the Tribe's third and final goal of the game.
Liberty's offense remained without a shot until the six and a half minute mark of the second half. Off of a penalty corner, shot attempts by the Lady Flames' Natalie Barr and Abby Batdorf were both stopped by the Tribe's defense.
For the game, William & Mary outshot the Lady Flames, 21-2, and had five penalty corners to Liberty's two.
Morley finished with six saves for Liberty, while William & Mary goalkeeper Elizabeth Frey pitched a shutout without having to make a save.
The win marked the 300th career victory for William & Mary head coach Peel Hawthorne.
Liberty's three-game homestand concludes on Saturday at 11 a.m. as the Lady Flames play host to Penn.