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Liberty Edged at Home by VCU, 2-1
The Liberty Lady Flames saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday, falling, 2-1, to the VCU Rams.
Liberty's record drops to 8-5 on the season, while VCU improves to 9-3.
VCU jumped on the scoreboard first 14:28 into the contest. Ram Meaghan Neylon fed a long pass into the circle to Kendall Combs. Combs gathered the pass and fired the ball just past Liberty goalie Mallory Cuccio into the left side of the cage, giving VCU the 1-0 lead.
After the Combs' goal, the Lady Flames' defense kept VCU at bay, allowing only one shot over the next 19:28. The Rams' defense also played very strong over that stretch, holding Liberty to just one shot as well.
With 1:04 remaining in the first half, VCU's Kelsey Scherrer worked her way into the Liberty circle. Scherrer ripped a reverse shot towards the cage, tucking it into the right side for her 12th goal of the season. The first-half clock expired with the Rams leading, 2-0.
Both teams finished the first half with one penalty corner apiece, while the Rams held the advantage in shots, 4-2.
The Lady Flames came out of the locker room strong early in the second half. A pair of shots by Natalie Barr were unsuccessful, including one that was saved by VCU goalie Megan Botteri.
In the 42nd minute, Liberty worked the ball into the circle. Once inside, both teams fought for control of the ball with Lady Flame Hannah Doherty emerging from the scrum with the ball. The forward knocked it into the cage as she fell to the ground. Her third goal of the year cut the Rams' advantage to 2-1.
With 3:23 remaining and still trailing by a goal, Liberty pulled Cuccio to add an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the game. The Lady Flames moved the ball into the VCU half of the field, but were unable to get any shots, as the Rams held on for the 2-1 victory.
Cuccio tallied two saves in the loss, while Botteri notched four saves for VCU.
Liberty held the slight advantage in shots, 6-5. Each team earned three penalty corners in the contest.
Next up, the Lady Flames welcome Radford to Lynchburg on Friday evening. The contest against the NorPac opponent is slated to begin at 6 p.m.