Liberty fell, 1-0, to Yale on Sunday in New Haven, Conn.
Yale forward Carol Middough scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute, lifting the Bulldogs to a 1-0 overtime victory over Liberty, Sunday at Johnson Field.
Middough's goal, her sixth of 2017, came after a Liberty turnover. Middough took a failed clear attempt from the Lady Flames' defense and buried the ball into the back of the goal cage for the golden goal.
With the loss, Liberty falls to 3-5 on the season, while Yale improves to 4-3.
The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first 70 minutes of a hot late September afternoon that saw temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. Liberty outshot Yale, 15-12, in regulation and held a 4-1 edge in penalty corners through the first 70 minutes of play..
The last of the Lady Flames' short corners came in the final two minutes of regulation. On that attempt, Bulldogs goalkeeper Sydney Terroso saved Liberty sophomore Agueda Moroni's shot attempt.
The match featured outstanding goalkeeping from both Terroso (seven saves) and Lady Flames netminder Allison Schaefer (eight saves). Terroso moves to 4-3 with the shutout, while Schaefer drops to 3-5.
The first half featured back-and-forth action, with both teams attempting seven shots. Liberty drew three penalty corners in the first stanza, compared to just one for the home side. However, Yale blocked a Julius attempt and also made a defensive save on Julius' other effort. Jill Bolton sent a shot just wide left of the cage on Liberty's third and final penalty corner of the half in the 26th minute.
The Bulldogs' best scoring opportunities in the first half came in the 16th and 17th minutes after their first short corner of the day. Middough's first effort was denied on a defensive save by Annika Roberts. Middough and Camille Scheyer fired shots just over 30 seconds later, but Schaefer made two stops to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
In the final 12 minutes of the first half, Liberty tallied three shots, with only Moniek van Aarle's effort coming on frame.
Just before the end of the first half, Schaefer stopped a pair of shots from the sticks of Anissa Abboud and Middough, sending the teams into intermission in a scoreless tie.
The Lady Flames came out strong in the second half, as van Aarle recorded two shots on cage in the opening five minutes. In the 44th minute, the Yale attack once again tested Schaefer, but the Liberty sophomore notched another two saves.
As regulation wound down, the Lady Flames' best two attempts to score came from Lindsay Pratt in the 61st minute and Greer Wilson in the 65th minute. Pratt batted a ball that hit the top crossbar, while Wilson's attempt failed to get past Terroso.
Yale drew the only short corner of the extra session and held a 3-2 edge in shots in overtime. Liberty's best chance to win the match in overtime came in the 76th minute. Bolton entered the circle from the right side and attempted to maneuver around the Bulldog defense. With a defender draped on her, Bolton recorded a shot on goal that Terroso cleared away.
Liberty outshot Yale, 17-15, in the match and held a 4-2 edge in short corners. Moroni paced Liberty with five shots, while Middough led the charge for Yale with seven shots.
Next up for the Lady Flames is a home matchup against BIG EAST opponent Old Dominion (4-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) on Friday. Match time is pegged for 4 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.