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Liberty Holds Off South Carolina State for 2-1 Victory
The Liberty women's soccer team continued its winning ways on Sunday, defeating South Carolina State at the Campus East Fields, 2-1.
The Lady Flames' pair of first-half markers came from freshmen Hannah Myers and Jaime Bouffard, respectively. Freshman midfielder Brittany Aanderud posted her fourth assist on the year, with the goal by Myers. South Carolina State's Blanca Barrio recorded the lone goal for the Lady Bulldogs, connecting on a penalty kick in the second period.
With its second win in three days, Liberty improves to 6-3 on the year, continuing its unprecedented start to a season, while the Lady Bulldogs fall to 5-6.
The Lady Flames wasted little time in the first period, igniting the scoreboard at the start of the ninth minute. After receiving a through ball, Aanderud split the South Carolina State defense and booted a shot at the Lady Bulldogs' net. The attempt deflected off Myers and went into the goal, putting Liberty ahead 1-0. The marker was Myers' first of her collegiate career.
South Carolina attempted to even things up in the 15th minute. Barrio sent a shot toward the Liberty net, but goalkeeper Karen Blocker made the stop to keep the momentum in the Lady Flames' favor.
Liberty added to its advantage in the 37th minute. Bouffard managed to pick up a loose ball inside the box and proceeded to lob it over Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper Danielle Murphy. The shot landed in the back of the net, giving the home team a 2-0 lead at halftime. Bouffard's goal was her second on the season, as she also scored the game winner in Liberty's 1-0 victory over George Washington, Friday night.
In the second period, Helena Pereira attempted to add to Liberty's total in the 56th minute, but goalkeeper Mariah Hebbe thwarted the sophomore's shot.
South Carolina State lit up the scoreboard in the 71st minute. Following a foul in the box, Barrio took the penalty kick for the Lady Bulldogs, sinking a shot in the upper left corner to make it 2-1. Neither team placed a shot on goal during the remainder of the contest, allowing Liberty to secure its sixth win on the season.
Liberty and South Carolina State finished with nine shots, apiece, while the Lady Flames held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker played the entire contest in the net for Liberty, finishing with one save. Murphy played the first period in between the posts for the Lady Bulldogs, while Hebbe took over in the second half. Each player concluded the contest with one save.
Liberty continues a five-game homestand on Thursday, beginning Big South Conference play against Presbyterian College. Game time at the Campus East Fields is slated for 7 p.m.