Learn won a career-high four draw controls on Sunday at Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Dolphins bested the Liberty Lady Flames 19-6 in an ASUN Conference match, Sunday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.
Jacksonville improves to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the ASUN. The Dolphins, who were the preseason ASUN favorites, take over sole possession of first place in the conference with the victory.
The Lady Flames fall to 11-3 on the season and 3-1 in the league. This was Liberty's first road loss of 2019. The Lady Flames are now 6-1 away from Lynchburg.
Scoring Summary Liberty Goals: Jenna Joyal 2, Kayla Foster 1, Carly White 1, Mia Toscano 1, Carly White 1 Liberty Assists: Kayla Foster 1, Mia Toscano 1, Carly White 1 Jacksonville Goals: Megan Prescott 4, Lauren Phillips 4, Erin McGuire 2, Jenny Kinsey 2 , Hayley Ciklin 2, Lillie Miller 2, Alyssa Arnold 1, McKenna Rushford 1, Alexis Deaken 1 Jacksonville Assists: Erin McGuire 4, Alyssa Arnold 2, Molly Brock 2, Hayley Ciklin 1, Jenny Kinsey 1, Megan Prescott 1, Kasey Stevens 1, Maddie Sturgell 1
Goalkeepers W: Dayna Martinetto 11-3, 5 saves L: Katherine Widrick 11-3, 11 saves
Turning Point Liberty led in the early going by a 4-3 score following a goal from senior attacker Kayla Foster with 19:17 to play in the opening half. However, the Jacksonville defense kept the Lady Flames off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half and the first 12:39 of the second half. During that scoreless stretch (31:56 total), the Dolphins scored 11 unanswered goals to take a commanding 14-4 lead.
JU's Lauren Phillips, who shared game-high honors with four goals, scored three times during that stretch. Megan Prescott's free-position tally with 22:25 remaining in the game made it 14-4 Dolphins. Liberty finally broke the scoreless drought with a Brianna McCaffrey goal with 17:31 left on the clock (14-5). The Lady Flames got no closer than within nine goals the rest of the way.
First Half Summary • Liberty's Jenna Joyal scored the match's first goal with 26:06 to play in the opening stanza. Joyal scored twice in the early stages of the contest, and Mia Toscano and Foster both tallied goals as well. • The Lady Flames led 4-3 almost midway through the half, but back-to-back tallies from JU's Lillie Miller in a 54-second span gave JU a lead it would never relinquish. Her second goal made it 5-4 Dolphins with 15:34 on the first half clock. • Jacksonville's defense yielded only 8-of-17 successful Liberty clears in the opening 30 minutes. The Dolphins had 16 caused turnovers and scooped up 19 ground balls in the first half, compared to 13 caused turnovers and 15 ground balls for the Lady Flames. Liberty had to play shorthanded for some of the half because of four yellow cards (six total for the Lady Flames in the game).
Second Half Summary • The Dolphins outscored the Lady Flames 8-2 in the final 30 minutes. • Liberty had free-position opportunities in the second frame but came up empty (0-of-4). The Lady Flames failed to score a free-position goal (0-of-5) for the first time this season. • Liberty goalkeeper Katherine Widrick made eight of her 11 saves after intermission.
Key Stats & Notes • The Lady Flames are still off to their best 14-game start (11-3) in school history. • Jacksonville outshot Liberty 41-18 and held advantages in draw controls (17-10), ground balls (25-20), caused turnovers (20-16) and free-position goals (3-0). • The Lady Flames allowed a season high in goals (19) today. Their previous high was 14 goals against No. 20 Notre Dame, Feb. 17. Liberty entered the game allowing only 8.15 goals per contest. • McCaffrey, who entered the game second in the country in caused turnovers per game (3.38), had a game-high six caused turnovers to go along with three ground balls, Sunday. McCaffrey's three ground balls gives her a new program-record 157 ground balls, passing former Lady Flame Chloe McIntosh (155 ground balls, 2010-13) for first place all-time. • Liberty's Morgan Learn had a career-high four draw controls on Sunday afternoon. • Widrick made 11 stops in the game, her third straight game of 10 or more saves and seventh of the year. Widrick is 11-3 with an 8.96 goals-against-average and 116 saves, this season. • Jacksonville now holds a 5-0 edge in the all-time series with Liberty. This was the first time the two teams have squared off in the last seven years and first time they have faced each other as ASUN Conference members.
Up Next • The Lady Flames will return to the turf on Wednesday evening at No. 25 High Point (11-4, 5-0 Big South). First draw between the Lady Flames and Panthers is set for 6 p.m. at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C. • High Point topped Liberty 13-4 a season ago (April 7, 2018) at Vert Stadium. The Panthers have won eight of the nine all-time meetings.