Playing in his last regular season home game, senior midfielder Kevin Mendoza burst out of the midfield and buried his second goal of the evening to propel the Liberty Flames to a 3-2 2 OT victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins, Saturday on Senior Day at Osborne Stadium.
After falling behind 2-0, Liberty scored twice to knot the game in regulation, before Mendoza's winner in the Flames' final ASUN Conference regular season match during its maiden year in the league.
With the victory, Liberty clinches a spot in the ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship, moving to 2-3-1 in the ASUN and 7-6-1 overall. Jacksonville falls to 3-2 in conference and 3-11 overall.
Scoring Summary 56' – JACKSONVILLE – Reed Davis (unassisted) 67' – JACKSONVILLE – Reed Davis (unassisted) 68' – LIBERTY – Tresor Mbuyu (assisted by Kevin Mendoza) 75' – LIBERTY – Kevin Mendoza (assisted by Tresor Mbuyu and Jafeth Santiago) 103' – LIBERTY – Kevin Mendoza (assisted by Jafeth Santiago)
Turning Point Holding a large shot advantage, yet trailing in the contest, Liberty struck for its first goal of the contest less than minute after Jacksonville had extended its lead to 2-0 during the 67th minute. Pressuring its attack, Liberty placed a crossing pass into the 18-yard box which deflected off a Dolphin defender and into the air. Mendoza headed the ball down at the feet of forward Tresor Mbuyu, who lifted into the back of the net, cutting the Flames deficit to 2-1 during the 68th minute. Liberty then controlled play over the next several minutes, before tying the game during the 75th. Key Stats & Notes
Up Next Liberty will close out its 2018 regular season on Oct. 30. The Flames will visit Rock Hill, S.C., for a non-conference match against the Winthrop Eagles. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.