After a tough loss at home on Saturday, the Liberty women's soccer team returned to the win column, Wednesday night, defeating Winthrop at Eagle Field, 3-0.
A trio of Lady Flames posted goals for Liberty – freshman forward Devon Jones, sophomore midfielder Jordan Kestel and freshman midfielder Lauren Weygandt. Jones and Kestel each added assists, while sophomore forward Jennifer Knoebel contributed a helper on Kestel's marker.
With the win, Liberty moves to 8-7-1 overall and 6-2 in Big South action. Winthrop falls to 5-8-2 and 2-5-1 in conference play.
Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played in between the posts during the first period, finishing with two saves. Tori Collar stepped in for the second stanza, making three saves. Winthrop netminder Caroline Duncan played the entire contest, finishing with eight saves.
The Lady Flames outshot Winthrop, 16-11, while owning a 7-4 cushion on corner kicks.
Liberty controlled the ball offensively in the opening period, outshooting the Lady Eagles, 10-5 while also holding a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks. Liberty nearly got on the board in the 17th minute. Brittany Aanderud fed a corner kick into the box allowing Kestel to put her head on the ball in front of the goal frame. Kestel's header bounced off the right post, keeping the game scoreless.
Jones lit up the scoreboard for the Lady Flames in the 39th minute. Following a corner kick by Aanderud, Kestel chipped a short shot that was deflected back out into the field of play by Duncan. Jones scooped up the loose ball and punched it into the upper left corner. The freshman's fourth goal of the season put the Liberty Flames up 1-0.
Liberty added to its goal total in the 43rd minute. After an attempt by Knoebel was deflected by a Winthrop defender, Kestel picked up the loose ball inside the 18-yard box, firing a shot into the right corner. Kestel's first goal of the year gave Liberty a 2-0 lead at halftime.
During the second period, Duncan thwarted Liberty's first four attempts on goal, stopping shots by Aanderud, Jaime Bouffard, Jones and Hill.
The Lady Flames added its third and final goal in the 80th minute. During a scramble within the box, Jones kicked the ball out to Weygandt at the top of the key. The freshman airmailed a shot into the left corner. Weygandt's first career goal set up the 3-0 final.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Saturday to play host to Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. The Homecoming Weekend matchup will stream live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network.