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UNC Asheville Rallies for 2-1 Win over Liberty

October 24, 2015  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Sachem Wilson

Sachem Wilson

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs scored two goals late to defeat the Liberty Flames, 2-1, Saturday evening at Greenwood Field.

After Liberty took a 1-0 lead during the 62nd minute, host Asheville netted goals in the 75th and 86th minute to edge the Flames.

Liberty forward Sachem Wilson scored his fourth goal of the season in the contest. Wilson picked up a rebound in front of the net and scored for the first goal of the night during the 62nd minute.

Liberty held a 14-12 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge on corner kicks.

Flames goalkeeper Jeremy Lee made six saves in the contest, while Bulldogs keeper Zac Davis recorded eight.

Liberty falls to 1-5 in Big South play and 5-9 overall. The Flames have dropped four consecutive contests. UNC Asheville moves to 2-4 in conference action and 5-8-1 overall.

Neither team scored during the first half. Liberty held a 5-4 edge in shots in the half. After Lee made stops on three Asheville attempts early in the half, the Flames were able to put pressure on the Bulldogs with four unanswered shots late in the half. During the 22nd minute, Davis stopped a header by Brady Mazzei off a crossing pass and later, made a save on a shot by Tim Harbison off a corner kick during the 32nd minute.

After a scoreless 61 minutes, Liberty broke through to take a 1-0 lead on Wilson's goal. Fellow forward Blessing Tahuona's shot was knocked down by Davis, with the rebound moving through a scramble in front to Wilson who scored for the Liberty advantage.

The host Bulldogs knotted the game in the 75th minute. Zach Joens, Asheville's leading scorer, scored his seventh goal of the season off a crossing pass into the box.

After Davis stopped a shot by Liberty midfielder Khalil Karl off a corner kick during the 82nd minute, Asheville took a 2-1 lead on a corner kick. Joens headed a cross by Joe Lacasto off a corner in for his second goal of the evening and eighth of the year.

Liberty looked for the equalizer during the 88th minute. The Flames had four consecutive corner kicks, ending with a header shot by Jamie Foxwell. The header was saved by Davis, preserving the victory for Asheville.

Liberty returns home to host the Longwood Lancers, Tuesday at Osborne Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.