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Versatile Offensive Attack Puts Liberty Over Presbyterian College
Liberty's offense fired on all cylinders, Thursday night. Thanks to a season-high five goals, the Lady Flames soccer team picked up its third straight win with a 5-1 victory over Presbyterian College, at the Campus East Fields.
The win in its conference opener helps Liberty improve to 7-3 (1-0 Big South) on the season. PC falls to 0-8 and 0-1 in Big South action. The Lady Flames are now 5-0-1 all-time against the Blue Hose.
Along with its goal total, Liberty also posted a season-high 31 shots, including 14 on goal.
Five different Lady Flames found the net in the contest – Brittany Aanderud, Rebekah Page, Heather Bentley, Helena Pereira and Jaime Bouffard. Maddie Boone was credited with an assist on the goal by Bouffard. Sara Simpson netted the lone marker for the Blue Hose.
Liberty lit up the scoreboard quickly, scoring in the opening 46 seconds. With the Liberty attack pressing, Aanderud managed to gather a loose ball and was left alone long enough to send a shot into the left corner, putting the Lady Flames ahead early, 1-0. The tally marked Aanderud's first goal of her collegiate career.
Later in the period, Page followed suit, recording her first Liberty goal in the 14th minute. After the ball
deflected off a defender, the freshman midfielder airmailed it into the upper left corner for the 2-0 advantage.
The Blue Hose divided their deficit in half during the 27th minute. With both teams jockeying for possession, Simpson scooped up the loose ball and placed a shot in the left corner, to make it 2-1 in favor of the Lady Flames.
Liberty was not done scoring in the period, posting its third goal in the 44th minute. Bentley became the third Lady Flame on the night to net her first collegiate goal, lofting the ball over goalkeeper Jordan Broadway and into the back of the net. The senior's marker made it, 3-1, at halftime.
Liberty outshot the Blue Hose in the opening 45 minutes, 16-4. The home team's defensive intensity picked up in the second period, with the Lady Flames allowing PC just one shot compared with 15 taken by the Liberty attack.
After shots by Bouffard and forward Megan Warner bounced off the crossbar and post earlier in the period, Pereira extended the Lady Flames, advantage in the 68th minute. Following a foul in the box, the sophomore lined up for a penalty kick, placing the ball in the left corner to put Liberty ahead, 4-1.
Bouffard rounded out the scoring on the night, marking her third straight game with a goal. In the 71st minute, the forward received a pass from Boone on the left side and booted it into the right corner, ultimately leading to the 5-1 victory.
Liberty outshot PC in the contest, 31-5, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Karen Blocker played the full 90 minutes in the net for Liberty, finishing with two saves. Broadway played in between the pipes for the opening 76:29, making six stops. Sydney Fontenot took over for the final 13:31, concluding the contest with three saves.
The Lady Flames return to action at the Campus East Fields on Saturday, continuing conference play against UNC Asheville. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.