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No. 23 Liberty Routs Ohio 7-0, Sunday

September 2, 2018  Athens, Ohio  RSS
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Moroni (left) and Bolton (right) both scored three goals in Sunday's win at Ohio.

Moroni (left) and Bolton (right) both scored three goals in Sunday's win at Ohio.

No. 23 Liberty shut out host Ohio 7-0, Sunday at Pruitt Field. Senior Agueda Moroni and sophomore Jill Bolton scored three goals apiece in the win.

The Lady Flames dominated the match from the opening whistle, scoring five goals in a span of 12:31 in the first half to pull away from the Bobcats and record their first shutout of 2018.

Liberty moves to 3-1 on the year after winning two contests this weekend. Ohio sees its record fall to 1-3.     

Scoring Summary
11' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Kemy Meidane)
12' – LIBERTY- Agueda Moroni (unassisted)
16' – LIBERTY- Agueda Moroni (unassisted)
22' – LIBERTY- Agueda Moroni (unassisted)
23' – LIBERTY- Jill Bolton (Charlotte Vaanhold)
61' – LIBERTY- Jill Bolton (unassisted)
68' – LIBERTY – Victoria O'Keeffe (Kemy Meidane)

W: Allison Schaefer 3-1, zero saves
L: Sophia Boothby 1-3, seven saves

Thoughts from Coach Parsley-Blocker
"It was a full team effort. From that standpoint, it was really cool to see our subs maintain the level the entire game. There wasn't a dropoff in the intensity, which was shown by the fact that we didn't allow a shot throughout the entire game."

Turning Point
After recording eight shots over the first 10-plus minutes without finding the back of the cage, Bolton broke through with a goal at the 10:13 mark. Just 52 seconds later, Moroni, the national offensive player of the week, tallied her first goal of the day to push the Lady Flames' lead to 2-0.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Moroni's three-goal effort was her second hat trick of the season (and second in the last nine days) and fourth of her career. The Argentina native leads the Lady Flames in goals (9), assists (3) and points (21) through four games.
  • With her third goal of the day, the 38th of her career, Moroni passed former Lady Flame Ashlee Krulock (37 goals, 2012-15) for third place all-time in program history.
  • Bolton's hat trick was the first of her young career. The sophomore, a preseason All-BIG EAST honoree, now has four goals through four contests and 13 markers in 23 career games.
  • Moroni and Bolton are the second pair in program history to each record a hat trick in the same game. On Nov. 7, 2015, Hannah Doherty (four goals) and Ashlee Krulock (three goals) both scored three or more times apiece in a 12-0 Lady Flames victory over Appalachian State at home.
  • After scoring four goals as a freshman in 2017, sophomore Victoria O'Keeffe entered the scoring column for the first time this year on Sunday. The New Zealand native scored off a feed from freshman Kemy Meidane (her second assist of the game) with 2:02 left in the game.
  • The Lady Flames dominated the shot total, 15-0, in the first half and 20-0 for the game. Liberty yielded zero Ohio shots in the contest, the first time in program history they have ever allowed no shots in a match.
  • Bolton (eight shots) and Moroni (five shots) led the charge, while seven other Liberty players notched shots in the game.
  • In total, 24 Lady Flames received playing time in the contest. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kennedy Luke and Kira Short each saw action for the first time in their college careers.
  • Goalkeeper Allison Schaefer posted a 2-0 mark and 0.67 goals-against-average and made two saves in two matches over the weekend.
  • Liberty's seven-goal victory marked its biggest margin of victory since an 8-0 home win over Georgetown on Oct. 8, 2016.


Up Next
The Lady Flames will be back on the pitch on Sept. 11 for their home opener against the Longwood Lancers. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.