Liberty found themselves in a shootout in its season opener against Elon Thursday night. The Lady Flames looked like they would come away with the win, but with 15 seconds left in regulation, Elon converted a penalty kick that sent the match into overtime where the Phoenix would eventually win 5-4.
21' – ELON – Taylor Paradoski (Assist by Kara Kimberl)
25' – LIBERTY – Devon Sipala (Assist by Lauren Weygandt)
28' – LIBERTY – Elisa Warren (Assist by Gabrielle Farrell)
33' – ELON – Hannah Doherty (Unassisted)
58' – LIBERTY – Gabrielle Farrell (Unassisted)
65' – LIBERTY – Own Goal
79' – ELON – Taylor Paradoski (Assist by Hannah Doherty and Laura Mitchell)
90' – ELON – Olivia Kraebel (Penalty Kick)
97' – ELON – Taylor Paradoski (Assist by Hannah Doherty)
Both teams were on the attack offensively in the first half combing for four goals off 14 shots with eight on target. After Liberty scored its fourth goal in the 65th minute to take a 4-2 lead, Elon was able to respond with three goals in the last 32 minutes of the game attempting 10 shots during that span.
Thoughts from Coach Wedemeyer
"I am disappointed that we lost our composure in those last 15-20 minutes. We had the lead, we had the game in control and we just didn't take care of business.The first 15 minutes of the game and last 20 minutes of the game were bad for us but everything in between was good. We controlled the game and created some really good chances."
Key Stats & Notes
Liberty scored four goals, the most the program has scored in a season opener since 2001 (5-0 vs. Stetson).
Liberty had 17 shots with 11 on goal led by Gabrielle Farrell and Kayleigh Kardos with four shots each.
Farrell recorded a team-high three points with a goal and an assist on the night.
Elisa Warren scored her first career goal in the 28th minute of the game.
The Lady Flames played 18 players incuding four freshmen in Kelsey Adams, Madison Ellis, Zoey Gaffney and Kasey Jamieson.
Elon's Taylor Paradoski recorded a hat trick while Hannah Doherty posted four points with a goal and two assists.
Liberty will close out the first week of the season at Osborne Stadium. The Lady Flames will host George Washington on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m.