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No. 17 Terrapins Top Lady Flames, 4-1, on Sunday

October 8, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Bolton scored in the 41st minute of Sunday's game at No. 17 Maryland

Bolton scored in the 41st minute of Sunday's game at No. 17 Maryland

No. 17 Maryland emerged victorious, 4-1, over Liberty on Sunday at the Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Terrapins scored twice in the first eight minutes of the contest to race out to a 2-0 lead they never relinquished. The victory moves Maryland to 8-5 overall, while the Lady Flames fall to 5-7 with the setback.

The Terrapins' first goal came just 70 seconds into the contest. Maryland pushed its attack inside Liberty's circle and forced a Liberty defender to make a diving interception of a pass.

On the clear attempt, the ball found the stick of the Terrapins' Madison Maguire. Maguire's shot from five yards out found the upper right corner of the goal cage, giving the home side a 1-0 lead at 1:10.

The Maryland attack continued to apply pressure in the early stages of the match. On another circle entry, the Terrapins drew a penalty stroke. Bodil Keus took the stroke and buried the ball into the top left corner of the cage, pushing the Maryland lead to 2-0.

In the 15th minute, Liberty appeared to cut the deficit in half. Jill Bolton sent a backhanded pass from just inside the left portion of the circle to Agueda Moroni. Moroni collected the feed and ripped a backhanded strike into the right side of the goal, past Terrapins goalkeeper Sarah Holliday. However, following two separate video referrals, the goal was disallowed.

Maryland drew a pair of penalty corners in the latter stages of the opening half but could not convert, as Liberty sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer (five saves in first half) made saves on a pair of Keus shots.

Moroni and Victoria O'Keeffe both recorded shots on frame in the final eight minutes of the half, but Holliday turned the attempts aside. Maryland led, 2-0, at intermission while holding a 9-3 edge in shots.

The Lady Flames earned their first short corner of the match in the 38th minute. Moniek van Aarle drove wide into the right side of the arc. Van Aarle sent a pass to Lindsay Pratt, and in the ensuing scrum, Pratt earned a corner. However, Holliday saved a powerful forehanded shot from Bolton.

In the 41st minute, Bolton put Liberty on the scoreboard. Bolton gathered a pass from Moroni in the circle and sent a hard backhanded shot into the left side of the goal cage. Bolton's fourth tally of 2017 cut the Maryland lead down to 2-1.

Just over a minute later, the Terrapins regained a two-goal advantage. Lein Holsboer dribbled the baseline and sent a ball to the center of the circle to Linnea Gonzales. Gonzales deposited the ball into the net for fifth goal of the season, extending the home side's lead to 3-1 at 41:52.

Pratt drew another short corner for Liberty in the 48th minute, but the Lady Flames failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Moniek van Aarle drew the visitors' third and final penalty corner in the 67th minute, but Alynn Richardson's shot was blocked by a Terrapin defender. At 67:51, Moroni nearly brought the Lady Flames to within one, but her shot missed wide left. 

With under 30 seconds to go, Maryland earned their last corner of the day. With zeros on the clock, Keus scored her second marker of the day and seventh of the year, assisted by Sabrina Rhodes and Holsboer, to settle the outcome at 4-1.

Maryland held a 17-7 edge in total shots and 4-3 advantage in penalty corners drawn.

Holliday (8-5) notched three saves in the victory, while Schaefer (5-7) recorded eight saves in the contest.

Liberty will be back on its home turf on Saturday for a Homecoming Weekend showdown against No. 1 UConn (13-0, 4-0 BIG EAST). Match time is pegged for 1 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.