The Liberty field hockey team led, 1-0, late in its match at No. 14 Old Dominion on Friday. However, ODU's Meg Byas scored the equalizer in the 68th minute and added the game-winner just over ten minutes into overtime to defeat the Lady Flames, 2-1, at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
With the win, Old Dominion improves to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in BIG EAST play, while Liberty falls to 3-6 and 2-1 in the BIG EAST.
Liberty possessed the ball for much of the first half before finally breaking through in the 35th minute. Cassidy Bremner dribbled inside the box and sent a pass to Alynn Richardson in front of the net, who redirected the ball past ODU goalkeeper Kealsie Robles and into the goal for her fourth goal of the season. The goal gave the Lady Flames a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
Byas' equalizer came at 67:33 on the Lady Monarchs' third penalty corner of the contest. Chrissy Horn inserted a ball to Marlee McClendon, who found Byas inside the left side of the circle. Byas ripped a shot into the right side of the goal past Lady Flames goalkeeper Allison Schaefer.
In overtime, Liberty put two shots on goal in the early going, but Robles came up with saves on both occasions. The Lady Flames drew their sixth penalty corner of the match shortly after, but Bethany Barr's tip went wide.
Byas' game-winner came on ODU's fourth penalty corner of the match. Danielle Grega inserted the ball to Byas inside the left side of the circle, and Byas fired a straight strike into the left side of the goal cage to end the game at 80:44.
Liberty outshot Old Dominion, 13-7, led by four shots from Agueda Moroni. Both Schaefer and Robles made five saves in the contest, with Robles picking up her sixth victory of the year.
The Lady Flames return to action on Thursday at American. Match time is set for 2 p.m. at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C.