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Liberty Caps off Road Trip With Win

September 14, 2014  Philadelphia, Pa.  RSS
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Freshman Rachel Suter notched her first career goal in Sunday's 3-2 victory.

Freshman Rachel Suter notched her first career goal in Sunday's 3-2 victory.

The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team rallied for three unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 victory, Sunday, over the Penn Quakers at Ellen Vagelos Field.

With the win, Liberty improves to 2-4 on the season, while Penn falls to 2-2.

Despite pouring the pressure early on, the Lady Flames relinquished two goals to find themselves in a 2-0 deficit midway through the first half. Penn capitalized on its first shot of the contest when Elizabeth Hitti found the back of the net off a pass from Alexa Hoover in the ninth minute. Just six minutes later, Hitti returned the favor, finding Hoover for the Quakers' second goal of the game.

The Lady Flames held their composure when senior captain Helen Doolittle found the back of the net for a much needed goal before entering the half. Following the penalty corner, Sarah Gipe dribbled the ball back into the circle, where she found a wide open Doolittle. Doolittle capitalized on the setup when she zipped the ball past the left side of the goalie to cut the deficit in half before the end of the first half.

Liberty evened the score in the 48th minute of the game when freshman Rachel Suter netted her first career goal. Suter carried the ball past the Quakers defense down the right side of the field before crossing to the middle. As she made her way to the center, Suter found the golden opportunity, sending a reverse shot into the upper right side of the net.

With play winding down, Gipe provided the game-clinching goal for the visiting Lady Flames. As the ball entered the circle, Penn goalkeeper Allison Weisenfels padded a ball away from goal. Gipe was there to finish it off, corralling the ball and burying it in the left corner before Weisenfels could react.

The Lady Flames possessed the ball until the clock struck zero, keeping Penn away from the net in the closing minutes.

Liberty outshot the Quakers by a total of 21-9, including a 15-6 advantage in shots on goal. The Lady Flames were also successful in forcing eight attacking corners compared to six for Penn.

Liberty returns home for a six-game home stand starting Friday, when they square off against No. 10 Wake Forest in a contest slated for 3:30 p.m. at Liberty Field Hockey Field. The Lady Flames will play two days later against Missouri State for a 1 p.m. contest.