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Liberty Blanks Pitt 1-0

September 15, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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For the first time in school history, Liberty women's soccer has defeated an ACC school as the Lady Flames pulled off the 1-0 shutout at home on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Liberty's Gabrielle Farrell recorded her 12th career game-winning goal in the second half, as Liberty improves to 2-4-2 this season while Pitt drops to 3-4-1. 

Scoring Summary

51' – LIBERTY – Gabrielle Farrell (Unassisted)

Turning Point

Liberty did not have many chances on goal throughout the game with only three shots on target, but the Lady Flames made the most of their opportunities as Farrell cut off a pass near Pitt's goal and dribbled pass the goalkeeper to score the game-winning goal early in the second half. The Lady Flames' backline withstood the pressure of Pitt's attack, limiting the Panthers to just four shots in the second half.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty's win over Pitt was the program's first win ever over an ACC school.
  • Farrell scored her third goal of the season and 17th of her career.
  • Farrell's goal was her 12th career game-winning goal.
  • Farrell tied for a game high with three shots along with Pitt's Amanda West.
  • Melody Jayroe posted her first shutout of the season.
  • Jayroe came up with six saves throughout the match.
  • Liberty's shutout was the first in 11 games and first since Oct. 19, 2018 (Liberty won 1-0 against Jacksonville).
  • Jayroe now has 13 career shutouts.
  • Pitt outshot Liberty 12-8 throughout the game.
  • Emma Milne received her first playing time of the season while Savanna Wortman played in her first collegiate game.  

Thoughts from Head Coach Lang Wedemeyer

"This was a great win for us. This team has a lot to be proud of, being the first team in program history to defeat an ACC school. To come out here after an overtime game on Thursday and put on a gritty performance and take advantage of the opportunities we had and grind out a win is very gratifying."

Up Next

Liberty will close out its brief homestand with a matchup against in-state opponent, James Madison, on Thursday. This will be Liberty's final non-conference contest at home as kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Osborne Stadium.