Jennifer Knoebel celebrates her second goal with Gabrielle Farrell.
The No. 2 seed Liberty Lady Flames recorded their program record seventh straight shutout, a 4-0 victory over No. 3 seed Campbell, Friday night in the Big South semifinals at Bryan Park.
With the victory, defending Big South Champion Liberty advances to its fourth consecutive conference finale and the ninth in program history. The Lady Flames will face No. 1 seed High Point, a 1-0 winner over No.5 seed Longwood in overtime earlier today, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Park. The match will be televised on ESPN3.
Liberty, 13-7, records its seventh straight victory to tie the 2005 Lady Flames for the longest win streak in program history. Campbell ends its season at 12-8.
Forward Jennifer Knoebel scored twice, her sixth and seventh goals of the season, and assisted on another in the victory. Midfielder Isabella Habuda netted her team-leading ninth goal of the year and Devon Jones scored her sixth goal in the win.
The Lady Flames have not allowed a goal in its last 673:57 of play.
Liberty started quickly. The Lady Flames jumped out to a 1-0 advantage 53 seconds into the match. Off a failed clearing attempt by the Camels, Knoebel pounced on the loose ball and feed it into the center of the 18-yard box at the feet of Habuda. The midfielder turned and ripped a shot into the upper left corner of the net to give the Lady Flames' a quick advantage.
Campbell's lone shot of the half came during the fifth minute of the play. Forward Christine Kindt came free for a shot from the left side of the field. The attempt towards the right post was easily corralled by Liberty goalkeeper and Big South Defensive Player of the Year Holly Van Noord to keep the Lady Flames in front.
Controlling play throughout the first half, the Lady Flames' relentless attack resulted in their second goal of the evening during the 38th minute. Liberty's Abigail Persson drove into the left side of the box and lined a shot which was deflected out by Campbell goalkeeper Natalya Marcove.
Knoebel tracked down the ball near the right sideline and lifted a crossing pass back to the left post. Perrson fired the ball in stride, hitting a Camels defender in front of the goal.
The rebound came off to Jones who tapped it free from a group of players in front of her back to Habuda. The midfielder quickly fed a pass to the right side of the box for Knoebel, who blasted shot off a defender and into the side of the net for a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Liberty extended its advantage on Knoebel's second goal of the evening during the 59th minute. Midfielder Bertha Martinez broke free from several Campbell defenders and pushed a pass into the left side of the box for Gabrielle Farrell. The Big South Freshman of the Year gave it back to Martinez near the left post, where she sent a crossing pass towards the right post. Knoebel beat a Campbell defender and poked the ball in stride into the goal to make it, 3-0 Lady Flames.
Liberty complete its scoring during the 72nd minute. Elisa Warren pushed a pass forward from the midfield past a line of Campbell defenders, putting Jones one-on-one with the Camels goalkeeper. The forward easily found net with a shot to right for a 4-0 lead.
Van Noord and the Lady Flames defense preserved Liberty's shutout streak in the closing minutes of the contest. First, Van Noord jumped up to deflect a shot by Kine Thorsvik over the goal during the 86th minute. Three minutes, Alexa Genas lined a shot off the crossbar and back into the box. Payton Ormsby followed by heading the rebound towards the right side of the goal. However, a Liberty defender ranged back and kick the ball off the goal line to preserve the shutout.
Liberty outshot Campbell, 12-8. The Camels held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Van Noord made five saves in adding to her Big South and Liberty shutout record. The redshirt senior now has 41 career shutouts. Marcove recorded three saves.