Jordan Richardson (front) notched her first career goal on Sunday at La Salle.
The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad saw its two-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon, falling to the host La Salle Explorers, 2-1, at DeVincent Field. The loss drops the Lady Flames to 4-3 on the season. The victory improves La Salle's season mark to 2-6 overall.
The Explorers tallied the first three shots of the contest, but a pair of saves by Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis kept the home team off of the scoreboard.
The Lady Flames answered with a string of four consecutive shots, two of which came from junior Helen Doolittle. La Salle finished the first half with 10 shots to Liberty's six. Jefferis turned away eight shots in the contest's opening 35 minutes.
The Lady Flames notched the game's first tally with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Bethany Barr split the Explorers' defense with a run down the middle of the field toward the top of the circle. The freshman dished the ball to the left side to a sprinting Jordan Richardson. The senior received the pass and rocketed a shot toward the cage, which deflected off of La Salle goalkeeper Lisa Shaffer and into the goal. Richardson's first career marker put Liberty on top, 1-0.
La Salle knotted the contest at one with just over 22 minutes remaining in regulation. Judith Sweere collected a loose ball in front of the cage and managed to sneak it past Jefferis into the goal for the equalizer.
Liberty nearly took the lead back in the 52nd minute. Ashlee Krulock raced up the right side and into the Explorers' circle. The sophomore controlled the ball, spun left and sent a reverse shot toward the cage. The ball sailed over the head of Shaffer, but bounced off the crossbar and bounded harmlessly away.
The Explorers collected the go-ahead score with 16:46 left in the match. Olivia Shoemaker corralled the rebound off of a Gina Smith shot. Shoemaker passed the ball to Maddy Tettelbach and the junior knocked it into the cage to put La Salle in front for good, 2-1.
Liberty had several more scoring opportunities in the waning minutes of the game, recording six late shots. However, the Explorers' defense kept the ball out of the cage, securing the 2-1 victory.
The Lady Flames finished the contest with 16 shots and five penalty corners. The Explorers tallied 14 shots and five penalty corners in the win.
Jefferis finished the match with a season-high eight saves for Liberty. Shaffer recorded four stops for La Salle en route to the victory.
The Lady Flames return home next weekend for their first game at Liberty Field Hockey Field since the season opener against Saint Joseph's on Aug. 30. Liberty will face Saint Louis on Friday at 3:30 p.m., before welcoming No. 4 Virginia to the Hill City on Sunday at 2 p.m. For a more in-depth look at the Lady Flames' field hockey program, including postgame interviews and video packages, follow the team on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.