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Liberty Defeats Radford in Double OT for First NorPac Win
Abbey Basom's goal in the 90th minute of play gave Liberty a dramatic 2-1 victory over the host Radford Highlanders on Sunday afternoon, in the Lady Flames' first-ever NorPac Conference contest.
With the double overtime win, Liberty evens its record at 3-3 on the season and moves to 1-0 in NorPac play. Meanwhile, Radford drops to 0-6 and 0-1 in the NorPac.
Early on in the contest, neither team was able to get much going offensively. Erin Bartley, Hannah Goldsborough and Natalie Barr each recorded shots for the Lady Flames, but Liberty was not able to find the back of the cage in the first half.
Radford broke the scoreless tie with just under nine minutes remaining in the opening half. Jana Bayer deflected a Stacey Mackintosh shot into the left corner of the goal to put the Highlanders up, 1-0.
Radford posted five shots to Liberty's four in the first half and held the slight edge in penalty corners, 2-1.
The Lady Flames knotted the game at one just three minutes and three seconds into the second half. Natalie Barr dribbled into the circle past the defense and ripped a shot into the cage for her third goal of the season.
The remainder of the second half was a defensive struggle, as both teams only managed three shots.
The game would remain tied, 1-1, as regulation time expired. Through the first 70 minutes of play both teams notched eight shots, while Liberty held the slight advantage in penalty corners at 5-4.
In the first overtime period, Liberty's offense applied heavy pressure to the Radford defense, firing five shots. Radford goalkeeper Sidney Encarnacion was up to the challenge and notched two saves in the period to keep the score deadlocked heading into the second overtime.
A minute into the second overtime, Liberty's Erin Dombach beat the Highlander defense on a breakaway down the field, but Encarnacion was able to block her on three separate shot attempts. Basom collected the rebound off of the third shot, but her attempt was blocked by the Radford defense. On the ensuing scrum for the loose ball, a Radford foul set up a penalty stroke opportunity for the Lady Flames. Barr took the stroke for Liberty, but her attempt just missed as it clanked off of the right side of the goal and trickled away.
Less than two minutes later, Liberty was awarded its 11th penalty corner of the contest. Basom inputted the ball into the top of the circle to Barr whose shot was saved by Encarnacion. However, Basom was there to collect the loose ball and banged it home for her third goal of the year, giving Liberty the 2-1 victory.
For the game, Liberty recorded 21 shots to Radford's eight including a 13-0 advantage in the two overtime periods. The Lady Flames also held the edge in penalty corners on the afternoon, 11-4.
Liberty goalie Brooke Morley stopped four shots, while Encarnacion notched nine saves for Radford.
The game was Liberty's first overtime contest this season and second in program history. With the win, Liberty improves to 1-1 all-time in overtime affairs.
Liberty returns to action on Tuesday for a mid-week tilt at NorPac foe Longwood. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Farmville, Va.