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No. 20 Lady Flames Dominate Quinnipiac 8-1, Friday, for Fifth Straight Win

September 28, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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O'Keeffe (center, #26) scored two goals in a game for the first time in her Liberty career on Friday.

O'Keeffe (center, #26) scored two goals in a game for the first time in her Liberty career on Friday.

Another outstanding offensive performance by the Lady Flames field hockey team led to an 8-1 victory, Friday over the visiting Quinnipiac Bobcats at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

The Lady Flames scored eight goals for the second time in a BIG EAST contest in the past four days (also on Tuesday vs. Temple). At 8-2 overall, No. 20 Liberty is off to its best 10-game start in program history and is 3-0 in BIG EAST for the first time in school history. The Lady Flames have also won five straight contests for the first time since 2015.

Quinnipiac is now 4-6 on the year and 1-2 in the BIG EAST.

Senior midfielder Agueda Moroni recorded her fourth three-goal game of the season, while sophomore forward Victoria O'Keeffe scored two times in a game which saw the Lady Flames outshoot the Bobcats, 32-9. Moroni's third goal, which came in the 62nd minute, was her program-record-tying 19th goal of the season. She has already matched her goal total from the entire 2017 season, which is tied for the most goals in a season ever by a Lady Flame, alongside Natalie Barr (19 goals, 2013) and Sarah Gipe (19 goals, 2014).

Scoring Summary
2' - LIBERTY - Alivia Klopp (unassisted)
5' - LIBERTY - Agueda Moroni (Mallory Fortenbaugh, Kendra Jones) | Penalty Corner
14' - LIBERTY - Agueda Moroni (unassisted)
19' - LIBERTY - Maddie Hosler (Agueda Moroni) | Penalty Corner
26' - LIBERTY - Victoria O'Keeffe (unassisted)
29' - QUINNIPIAC - Brooke Whipkey (Bianka Strubbe)
34' - LIBERTY - Victoria O'Keeffe (Jill Bolton)
59' - LIBERTY - Kendra Jones (unassisted)
62' - LIBERTY - Agueda Moroni (Kendra Jones, Mallory Fortenbaugh) | Penalty Corner

Goalkeepers
W: Allison Schaefer 8-2, one save
L: Hannah Teicher 4-5, two saves

Turning Point
The Lady Flames struck early and often, beginning with freshman forward Alivia Klopp's fifth goal of the season just 1:11 into the game, the fourth-fastest goal in program history. Klopp took a long pass from Moroni inside the circle that deflected off a Quinnipiac defender, collected the ball, and made a move around the Quinnipiac goalkeeper before putting the ball in the back of the cage.

Klopp's fourth goal in her last five outings staked Liberty to a 1-0 edge that grew to 6-1 at the half.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty and UConn share the top spot in the BIG EAST standings at 3-0. The Lady Flames and Huskies will meet on Oct. 18 in Storrs, Conn.
  • Freshman Maddie Hosler scored her first career marker on Friday. She redirected a Moroni shot into the back of the goal, boasting the home side's lead to 4-0.
  • The Lady Flames have outscored BIG EAST foes 20-3 so far in 2018. Liberty has already outscored all of its opponents by a 45-14 margin. With 45 goals as a team on the season, Liberty has equaled its total number of goals scored from a season ago. The Lady Flames needed 19 games to score 45 goals in 2017.
  • Liberty set new season highs in shots (32), penalty corners (20) and shots on goal (20) while matching season highs in goals (8), assists (6) and points (22) in a match.
  • Moroni's incredible senior season continued on Friday with a seven-point effort (3 g, 1 a), her fifth game of six or more points. She is now up to 19 goals, nine assists and 47 points on the year and has already surpassed last season's point total (46) in just 10 contests.
  • Juniors Kendra Jones and Mallory Fortenbaugh each notched their fifth and sixth assists of the season in the game. Jones also scored her first goal of the year and first since Oct. 8, 2016.  
  • With their eighth win, the Lady Flames have matched their win total from each of the past two seasons (2016, 2017).
  • Liberty has scored eight or more goals in back-to-back games for the first time since 2014.
  • After falling to Quinnipiac last year, Liberty now owns the 2-1 all-time series edge.

 

Up Next
Liberty will host No. 21 Wake Forest (5-5, 1-2 ACC) on Sunday afternoon. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field, with the contest being streamed on ESPN+.