The host Liberty Flames scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Richmond Spiders and earn a 3-0 shutout on Friday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.
Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer set a new program record with her 10th career shutout for the 20th-ranked Lady Flames in the victory. Freshman midfielder Bethany Dykema notched her first career goal, and junior defender Carolyn Haase tallied her first career assist.
Liberty is 2-0 for the first time since 2015. Meanwhile, Richmond falls to 1-2 on the season.
Scoring Summary 2' – LIBERTY – Alivia Klopp (Daniella Rhodes) 51' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Alivia Klopp) 53' – LIBERTY – Bethany Dykema (Mallory Fortenbaugh, Carolyn Haase) | Penalty Corner
Goalkeepers W: Allison Schaefer 2-0, six saves L: Frankie Conklin 1-2, eight saves
Turning Point With Liberty leading 1-0 early in the fourth period, Jill Bolton delivered her second goal of the season. The junior took a feed from across the circle from Alivia Klopp, dribbled to her left and blasted a backhand strike into the bottom left corner of the cage to put the home side ahead 2-0 at the 50:09 mark.
Just under two minutes later, Bethany Dykema delivered her first career goal. Following a Mallory Fortenbaugh insert and Carolyn Haase stick stop, Dykema uncorked a shot into the left side of the cage, under Spiders netminder Frankie Conklin. Her first career goal brought the score to 3-0 in the 53rd minute. The Liberty defense held Richmond without a shot the rest of the way to preserve the win.
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Up Next The Lady Flames will look to bolster their record to 3-0 when they host the Lafayette Leopards (1-2) on Sunday at noon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty is 2-1 all-time against Lafayette, including a 3-1 road triumph over the Leopards in 2018. Lafayette fell 3-2 to Appalachian State on Friday evening in a neutral site game at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.
Goal!!! Bethany Dykema scores her first career goal to extend the lead to 3-0! pic.twitter.com/BYe1TCSQHV — Liberty Field Hockey (@LibertyFH) September 6, 2019
Goal!!! Bethany Dykema scores her first career goal to extend the lead to 3-0! pic.twitter.com/BYe1TCSQHV