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Strong Fourth Period Lifts No. 20 Liberty Past Richmond 3-0

September 6, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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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

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.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty held a 13-9 edge in total shots and 11-6 advantage in shots on goal over Richmond.
  • Richmond drew seven penalty corners, with four of those coming in the third period. Liberty finished the game with five short corners.
  • Bolton tallied a game-high five shots, with four of those being on frame.
  • Schaefer now stands alone as the program's all-time career shutouts leader, as she became the first player in program history to reach 10 shutouts. She moved past both Ann Jefferis (nine shutouts, 2011-13) and Mallory Cuccio (nine shutouts, 2012-15).
  • Dating back to the 2018 season, the Lady Flames have now won seven games in a row when scoring first. Klopp put Liberty ahead just 1:40 into Friday's match with her second goal of the young season. Reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Daniella Rhodes assisted on Klopp's marker.


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.