Abbey Basom scored two of Liberty's 10 goals on Friday.
The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey squad bounced back from a tough loss at La Salle on Sunday in a big way, racing past the visiting Saint Louis Billikens, 10-0, on Friday afternoon at Liberty Field Hockey Field. Nine different players scored, as the Lady Flames posted the largest margin of victory in program history.
The victory improves Liberty's overall record to 5-3 on the season, including a 2-0 mark at home. The Lady Flames have now won six straight matches at Liberty Field Hockey Field, dating back to last season. The defeat drops Saint Louis to 1-8 overall.
The 10 goals breaks the Lady Flames' single-game record of eight tallies, which was set versus Appalachian State on Oct. 19, 2012. Liberty also broke single-game records for points (25) and shots (36).
It didn't take long for Liberty to post the game's first score. Jordan Richardson notched her second goal in as many games just under five minutes into the match to put the Lady Flames on top 1-0.
In the ninth minute, Ashlee Krulock extended Liberty's advantage to 2-0, scoring her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
The offensive barrage continued with 14:26 remaining until halftime. This time Krulock dished a pass to Abbey Basom and the Liberty sophomore banged it in from close range. Basom's first goal of the season upped the home team's edge to 3-0.
Basom's former high school teammate Ketura Landis jumped in on the scoring action in the game's 29th minute. Mercedes Cox dumped the ball to Landis at the left corner of the cage. The freshman collected the pass and tapped it into the cage for her first career goal and a 4-0 Lady Flames lead.
Liberty capped the first half with a goal by Elly Chipman with 59 seconds remaining. Cox picked up her second assist of the game as the Lady Flames took a 5-0 advantage into the halftime hiatus.
Basom lit up the scoreboard for the second time just 23 seconds into the second half. The forward dribbled down the center of the circle and fired a shot past Saint Louis goalkeeper Tori Westhead.
The Lady Flames continued to sub in fresh bodies and kept the pressure on the visiting Billikens. Serena Barr tallied Liberty's seventh goal of the game, drilling the ball into the cage from 10 yards out for her second marker of the season.
With less than 14 minutes remaining, Liberty increased its lead to 8-0 on Hannah Jones' fourth goal of the season. Serena Barr delivered her second assist of the season on the play.
Nicole Simms, playing in her first game of the season, scored her first career goal in the contest's 63rd minute of play. Jackie Albert set up Simms' score as Liberty pushed its edge to 9-0.
The Lady Flames reached the double-digit goal mark with 4:41 left to go in the game. Micailah Sloman ripped a shot into the goal from the top of the circle. Sloman's first career marker gave Liberty what proved to be the final score, 10-0.
For the contest, the Lady Flames topped the Bilikens in shots, 36-2, and penalty corners, 9-1.
Splitting time in goal evenly with 35 minutes apiece, Liberty's Ann Jefferis and Mallory Cuccio were not forced to make a save as the Lady Flames' defense kept Saint Louis out of the circle for the majority of the contest.
The Billikens' Megan Depew-Brady played the bulk of the minutes in the cage, surrendering nine goals, while making nine saves. Tori Westhead notched two saves and allowed one goal in 6:35 of playing time.
The Lady Flames return to Liberty Field Hockey Field on Sunday for a matchup with nationally ranked Virginia. The contest against the No. 4 Cavaliers is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
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