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Blocker Breaks Shutout Record in 1-0 Victory
Liberty women's soccer goalkeeper Karen Blocker made history, Friday night, collecting her 16th career shutout in the Lady Flames 1-0 victory over George Washington. The netminder now holds the school record for the most shutouts, surpassing Natalie Mayer (2001-04).
The game-winning goal came from the head of freshman Jamie Bouffard, who made the play in the 64th minute following a Megan Warner crossing pass. The header marked Bouffard's first goal in her collegiate career.
With the win at the Campus East Fields, Liberty moves to 5-3 on the season, its best eight-game start, while the Colonials fall to 3-4.
The Lady Flames outshot George Washington in the opening period, 5-4, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Blocker made three saves in the first 45 minutes, thwarting attempts by Meg Murphy and Ariana Moya. George Washington goalkeeper Nicole Fasano also made two stops during the period, corralling long-range blasts from freshman Rebekah Page and senior Lauren Stell to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
In the second period, Bouffard nearly put the Lady Flames on the board midway through the 52nd minute. Breaking away from a Colonials defender, the freshman angled a shot at the right side of the net, but the attempt went just wide of the post. Just over two minutes later, Moya took her third shot on goal, but once again Blocker was there to make the stop, preventing the Colonials from taking the advantage.
Bouffard found the net for the lone goal in the 64th minute. Carrying the ball down the right side, Warner sent a crossing pass from outside the box to Bouffard, who executed a diving header and placed it into the right corner for the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Flames took four more shots on goal, with Fasano there to make the play on each of them. In the 87th minute, Brittany Aanderud nearly gave Liberty an insurance goal. The midfielder booted the ball off a free kick. Fasano dove for the ball and bobbled it before finally securing it, preventing the Liberty offense from following up on the play.
Alex Neal took the final shot for the Colonials in the 89th minute, but Blocker made the stop, eventually leading to the netminder's 16th career shutout and the 1-0 victory.
Liberty outshot George Washington in the contest, 13-10, and held an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Blocker played the entire contest in the net for Liberty, finishing with seven stops. Fasano also played the full contest in between the pipes, making seven saves for the Colonials.
Liberty returns to action on Sunday to host South Carolina State. Game time at the Campus East Fields is slated for 2 p.m.