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Liberty Welcomes Penn for a Saturday Contest

September 7, 2012
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Abbey Basom leads Liberty with 11 shots on the season.

The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team will battle the Penn Quakers on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty enters the game with a 2-2 record, while the Quakers are undefeated at 2-0.

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

A Look at the Lady Flames
The Lady Flames split a pair of contests last weekend at home, defeating the Georgetown Hoyas, 4-1, on Saturday and falling on Sunday to the Tribe of William & Mary, 3-0.

In the win over the Hoyas, freshman Sarah Gipe recorded her first two collegiate goals, sparking Liberty to the victory. Abbey Basom and Helen Doolittle also chipped in with a goal each. The Lady Flames dominated the game offensively, outshooting Georgetown 25-8 and earning 14 penalty corners to the Hoyas four.

Against William & Mary, the Lady Flames were held in check by the Tribe's defense, as William & Mary goalkeeper Elizabeth Frey recorded the shutout victory. The game was delayed for two hours and 23 minutes in the first half due to weather. The Tribe outshot Liberty, 21-2, and notched five penalty corners to the Lady Flames' two.

For the season, Basom and Gipe lead Liberty with two goals each. Basom also leads the team in shots with 11, while Doolittle, Gipe, and Natalie Barr each have nine, seven and seven shots, respectively. Brooke Morley has played every minute in the cage for the Lady Flames and has surrendered six goals on 27 shots for a save percentage of .818. Morley also has one shutout on the season, coming against Lehigh on Aug. 26 in Liberty's 1-0 victory.

A Look at Penn
Penn is off to its first 2-0 start since 1997, with wins over Lehigh and Towson.

Five different players recorded goals in the Quakers 5-2 win over Lehigh. Freshman Elizabeth Hitti tallied one of the five goals and also added an assist. Her effort earned Hitti the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award. Penn outshot Lehigh 24-6 and held the 10-2 edge in penalty corners. Goalkeeper Carly Sokach notched four saves for her first career win.

In the game against Towson, Julie Tahan notched a pair of goals as the Quakers won 4-2. Sarah Hasson and Amelia Cohen also scored for Penn. The Quakers fired off 15 shots to Towson's 12 and held the advantage in penalty corners, 13-6.

Tahan paces the Quakers with three goals and six points, while Sunny Stirewalt leads the team with nine shots. Over two games, Sokach has saved 10 shots, while allowing five goals for a save percentage of .667.

Looking Ahead
Liberty takes to the road for its first NorPac conference matchups beginning with Radford on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., followed by a Sept. 18 game at Longwood at 7 p.m.