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Liberty to Play Final Two Home Contests This Weekend
The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team concludes the home portion of its schedule this weekend with a pair of NorPac matchups at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty will play Appalachian State on Friday under the lights at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday afternoon contest against Eastern Division leader, Davidson, at 2 p.m.
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Live stats for this weekend's games will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the field hockey schedule/results page.
Series Against Appalachian State
Friday's game will be the second meeting all-time between Liberty and the Mountaineers. The Lady Flames fell, 3-2, in Boone, N.C., last season.
Series Against Davidson
The Wildcats hold a 1-0 series advantage over the Lady Flames, with the lone matchup coming last season at Davidson. The Wildcats won the game, 3-0.
A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty currently sits in second place in the NorPac Eastern Division with a 3-1 record and a 10-5 mark overall. On Tuesday, the Lady Flames blanked the Longwood Lancers, 2-0, to take over second place. The win was Liberty's seventh in its last eight games.
Sarah Gipe and Hannah Doherty each tallied a second-half goal for the Lady Flames in the win over the Lancers. The game was scoreless until the 43rd minute, when Jordan Richardson fired a pass across the circle to a waiting Gipe. The Keystone-state native tapped the ball into the goal to give Liberty a 1-0 lead. With 6:08 remaining in the contest, the Lady Flames added an insurance goal to push their advantage to 2-0. Abbey Basom assisted on Doherty's fifth goal of the season and her third goal in as many games. In goal, Mallory Cuccio recorded her third shutout in just her sixth start of the season. The freshman saved six shots in the contest.
Gipe paces the Lady Flames with 11 goals on the season. Entering the weekend, Gipe's 11 goals tie her for second in the nation among freshmen, one goal behind UConn's Louisa Boddy, who has 12.
Nine other players have scored for the Lady Flames, including Natalie Barr and Doherty who have six and five goals, respectively. Barr leads the team with four assists, while Helen Doolittle, Hannah Jones and Doherty have three apiece.
Brooke Morley has started nine games in goal for Liberty and holds a record of 5-4. The sophomore has recorded 48 saves, while surrendering 18 goals. Cuccio,5-1, has notched 23 saves in six starts, while surrendering four goals for a save percentage of .852.
A Look at the Mountaineers
Appalachian State split its last two matches this past weekend, with both games coming on the road. The Mountaineers dropped a 9-1 decision to Miami on Friday, before a 2-0 win over Ball State on Sunday. Appalachian State enters Friday's game with an overall record of 3-11 (0-4 NorPac).
On Friday, six different players scored for Miami, including three from Alyssa Logan. Lesley Thomas scored the lone goal of the game for the Mountaineers. Sarah Anderson and Cristina Ceppi each played a half in goal for Appalachian State. Anderson recorded eight saves, while surrendering three goals. Ceppi allowed six goals, while making one save.
Against Ball State, Dana Wetmore and Hanna French each contributed a second-half goal for Appalachian State and Anderson notched three saves, while playing all 70 minutes in goal. The 2-0 victory was the first shutout of the season for the Mountaineers.
For the season, Casey Lammando and Wetmore each have five goals to lead the team. Four other players have contributed three goals apiece. Lammando paces the team with five assists, while Jessi Stuart and Caroline Phillips each have three assists.
Anderson has started all 14 games in goal for the Mountaineers. She has surrendered 49 goals, while saving 112 shots.
A Look at the Wildcats
Davidson enters this weekend with an overall record of 7-8 (4-0 NorPac). The Wildcats' 4-0 mark in conference sits them atop the Eastern Division. This past weekend, Davidson defeated Colgate, 2-0, before losing at Cornell, 2-1.
Finley Amato and Melissa Funsten tallied a goal apiece in the second half for Davidson against Colgate. The Raiders outshot Davidson, 24-13, but goalie Sarah Fisher recorded 16 saves to lead the Wildcats to the victory.
In Monday's matchup, the Wildcats were not able to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit as Cornell held on for the 2-1 win. Brooke Osborne scored the only goal of the game for Davidson. In the loss, Fisher notched six saves for the Wildcats.
Amato leads Davidson with 11 goals on the season and is tied for second on the squad with four assists. Funsten tops the Wildcats with six assists, while her four goals rank her second on the team. Five other players have scored at least two goals this season.
Fisher has started each game in the cage for Davidson. The senior has allowed 37 goals in 15 games for a 2.37 goals-against average. She has tallied 114 saves for a save percentage of .755.
Liberty takes to the road for its final two regular-season games of the season next weekend. On Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., the Lady Flames play Appalachian State, before travelling to Davidson on Oct. 28 for a 1 p.m. matchup.