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Liberty Uses Strong Second Half for 3-1 Victory at George Mason

September 14, 2019  Fairfax, Va.  RSS
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Carter Burris scored his first career goal in the Flames' victory, Saturday evening.

Carter Burris scored his first career goal in the Flames' victory, Saturday evening.

The Liberty Flames netted two goals in the second half to pull away from the George Mason Patriots 3-1, Saturday evening at George Mason Stadium.

Tied 1-1 at halftime, the Flames struck for a goal just five minutes into the final half and later, sealed the contest with another marker. Tyler Welch, Musa Morris and Carter Burris each scored their first goal of the year for visiting Liberty in the victory.

Liberty moves to 2-3 on the year. With the win, Liberty snaps a three-game losing streak. George Mason falls to 1-4. The Patriots have lost four straight contests.

Scoring Summary
35' – LIBERTY- Tyler Welch (Unassisted)
44' – MASON – Ryan Mingachos (Assisted by Tunde Akinlosotu)
50 – LIBERTY – Musa Morris (Assisted by Seth Clark)
88' – LIBERTY – Carter Burris (Assisted by Seth Clark)

Turning Point
With the scored tied 1-1, Liberty jumped into the lead just minutes into the second half. Midfielder Seth Clark found the foot of Musa Morris for a 40-yard strike, which rocketed into the upper left corner of the net to give the Flames a 2-1 lead.

Thoughts from Head Coach Kelly Findley
"Great attitude and effort were keys to the contest. Our guys competed all night. We did a great job of getting behind [the defense] and won the first and second balls."


Post game interviews

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Key Stats & Notes
• The Flames outshot the Patriots 15-8, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.  Mason had six corner kicks, while Liberty had five corner kicks in the match.

• Transfers Musa Morris and Tyler Welch scored their first goal in a Liberty uniform. Meanwhile, Burris, a senior, netted the first goal of his career for the Flames.

• Freshman Danny Cordero made three saves in the Liberty goal. Mason goalkeeper Tillman Theurich recorded three stops all in the first half.

• Morris had six shots for the Flames, while Welch had five shots as a reserve.

• Liberty's three goals are the most by the Flames this season and the most by Liberty since scoring four in a 4-2 victory over American on Oct. 16, 2018.

Up Next
Liberty returns home on Tuesday. The Flames will welcome the VMI Keydets to Osborne Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.