The Liberty women's soccer team stepped onto the field at Presbyterian's Martin Stadium with an unblemished 4-0 record in Big South play, Wednesday night. However, despite outshooting the Blue Hose in the contest, 16-11, the home team was undeterred, scoring a pair of goals for the 2-0 victory.
Frances Whitesides and Hannah Gaither each netted goals for Presbyterian, while Stephanie Lee and Sophie Cobb contributed with assists.
With the defeat, Liberty is now 6-6-1 overall and 4-1 in conference action. Presbyterian moves to 6-6 on the year and 2-0 in the Big South. The Blue Hose pick up their first win in program history over the Lady Flames, with Liberty leading the all-time series, 8-1-1.
Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord, who entered the contest as the Big South's leader in saves (81), played the entire 90 minutes, making six stops. Presbyterian netminder Sydney Fontenot concluded the night with eight saves.
While Liberty led the way in total attempts, shots on goal were even at eight apiece. The Lady Flames held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Presbyterian looked to be the aggressor in the first half, outshooting Liberty, 7-4, forcing Van Noord to make five saves in the period.
Freshman midfielder Alyssa Hill recorded Liberty's first shot on goal in the 30th minute, resulting in a save for Fontenot. Junior defender Erika Troutman had another look for the Lady Flames in the 39th minute, but Fontenot was there again to keep the contest scoreless at halftime.
Liberty cranked up the intensity in the second half, leading the Blue Hose in shot attempts, 13-4.
Despite the discrepancy, Presbyterian lit up the scoreboard in the 64th minute. Lee set things up, chipping the ball behind the Liberty defense. Whitesides scooped up the pass inside the 18-yard box, finishing the play for the 1-0 lead.
The Blue Hose added to their advantage nearly two minutes later. Cobb sent a crossing pass to Gaither, who connected with a header into the net for the 2-0 final.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Saturday, squaring off with High Point at 4 p.m. The contest is part of a doubleheader, featuring Liberty men's soccer versus Gardner-Webb at 12 p.m. Both matchups will be streamed live on the Big South Network and Liberty Flames Sports Network.