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Radford Downs Liberty, 3-0

October 20, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Big South-leading Radford Highlanders defeated the Liberty Flames, 3-0, Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium.

Led by two goals from leading scorer Sivert Daehlie, the Highlanders scored a goal in the first half and two in the second in the win.

Visiting Radford held a 16-11 advantage in shots, while Liberty held the edge in corner kicks, 7-4.

Liberty goalkeeper Jeremy Lee made four saves. Radford goalkeeper Aitor Pouseu Blanco recorded two.

The Flames fall to 1-4 in Big South play and 5-8 overall. Liberty has dropped three straight matches. The Highlanders improve to 6-1 in conference action and 11-2-1 overall.

Radford struck for its first goal of the night 5:32 into the opening half. Off a turnover, midfielder Jakob Strandsater sent a crossing pass into the center of the 18-yard box for Daehlie, who scored his seventh goal of the year into the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 advantage.

Liberty best scoring chances of the first half came during the 17th minute and the 38th minute. In the 17th, a header by forward Bay Kurtz off a corner kick was blocked in front by a defender. In the 38th minute, forward Sachem Wilson had a shot blocked off a free kick from 18 yards out.

The Highlanders extended their lead early in the second half. Midfielder Evan Szklennik flipped a rebound of his own shot to Daehlie, who scored his second marker of the night and eighth of the year at 54:31.

Liberty's attack forced a free kick during the 84th minute. From just outside the top right corner of the 18-yard box, midfielder Tim Harbison ripped the free kick towards the near post, only to have Pouseu Blanco jumped up and make the save.

Later in the same minute, a header by Jamie Foxwell off a corner kick forced Pouseu Blanco to go down to the ground to make the stop, keeping the Flames off the scoreboard.

Radford's Finn Tiedemann scored in the final minute of play for the final score of 3-0.

Liberty next travels to Asheville, N.C., for a Big South Conference match against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Match time at Greenwood Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. Last season, the Flames defeated the Bulldogs, 3-1, at Osborne Stadium.