The 20th-ranked Liberty field hockey team used a well-balanced attack to defeat the James Madison Dukes by a 5-1 score in its season opener, Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.
Five different Liberty players scored in the victory: Jill Bolton, Alivia Klopp, Daniella Rhodes, Mallory Fortenbaugh and Lizzie Hamlett. The Lady Flames converted 3-of-4 penalty corner chances and held a 16-4 edge over the Dukes in total shots and 12-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Liberty moves to 1-0 and has now won its last two season openers, both of which have come over James Madison. JMU falls to 1-1 after splitting its pair of games this weekend. The Dukes topped Bucknell 3-2 on the road, Friday.
Scoring Summary 11' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Bethany Dykema) 19' – LIBERTY – Alivia Klopp (Jill Bolton) | Penalty Corner 35' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted) 43' – LIBERTY – Mallory Fortenbaugh (Daniella Rhodes) | Penalty Corner 49' – JAMES MADISON – Miranda Rigg (unassisted) 57' – LIBERTY – Lizzie Hamlett (Daniella Rhodes) | Penalty Corner
Goalkeepers W: Allison Schaefer 1-0, one save L: Caitlin Nelson 1-1, seven saves
Turning Point Liberty's Jill Bolton put the home side on the board first. The junior forward one-timed a shot into the back of the cage off a feed from outside the circle from Bethany Dykema at the 10:24 mark. The Lady Flames led 1-0 after one period.
Sophomore Alivia Klopp added to the Liberty edge in the 19th minute. Klopp scored on a penalty corner tip, assisted by Bolton. Klopp's marker made it 2-0 Lady Flames and sent the hosts into the locker room with a two-goal advantage.
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Up Next The Lady Flames will look to move to 2-0 on the season when they host the Richmond Spiders (1-1), Friday at 3 p.m. Liberty is 2-0 against Richmond. The two teams last met in 2015, a 7-1 win for the Lady Flames at home.
And it's 3-0!!! Daniella Rhodes scores on a reverse!!!#SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/qRS9kD5g7Y — Liberty Field Hockey (@LibertyFH) September 1, 2019
And it's 3-0!!! Daniella Rhodes scores on a reverse!!!#SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/qRS9kD5g7Y
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