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
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+.
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