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No. 17 Liberty Records Sixth Shutout with 4-0 Road Victory at Georgetown

October 18, 2019  Washington, D.C.   RSS
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Rhodes scored three times on Friday at Georgetown.

Rhodes scored three times on Friday at Georgetown.

No. 17 Liberty earned a 4-0 shutout victory at Georgetown on Friday afternoon at Cooper Field, its sixth shutout of the 2019 campaign.

Liberty freshman forward Daniella Rhodes scored three goals in the winning effort, and junior Jill Bolton added a goal. Sophomore Alivia Klopp added two assists.

The Lady Flames' Allison Schaefer recorded her program-record 38th career victory in goal and also notched her 15th career shutout.

Liberty improves to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the BIG EAST with its second straight win. Georgetown drops to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in conference and has lost its last eight games overall.

Scoring Summary
11' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted)
17' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (Alivia Klopp)
46' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (Maddie Hosler)
46' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Alivia Klopp)

Goalkeepers
W: Allison Schaefer 9-3, one save
L: Ciara Weets 5-8, nine saves

Turning Point
Rhodes put Liberty on the scoreboard with a breakaway goal at the 10:31 mark to make it 1-0. The Lady Flames freshman then opened the second quarter with a goal on another fast break situation following an unsuccessful Georgetown penalty corner effort. Following a Liberty outlet, Rhodes and Klopp exchanged passes inside the circle, and Rhodes scored into the left side of the cage. Her 11th goal of the year brought the score to 2-0 in favor of Liberty in the 17th minute.

Liberty led 2-0 at the half and held significant advantages in shots (16-0) and penalty corners (7-1).

The 2-0 score remained the same until the first minute of the fourth quarter, when the visitors struck twice in a 24-second span. Rhodes completed the hat trick with a reverse strike from the left side of the arc into the back of the cage following a Maddie Hosler feed for her 12th goal of the year. The marker put Liberty in front 3-0 at the 45:36 mark. Bolton scored from in front at 45:59, assisted by Klopp, for her eighth goal of the season.

 

Key Stats & Notes

  • Schaefer's victory in cage allowed her to supplant former Lady Flame Mallory Cuccio (37 wins, 2012-15) as the program's all-time wins leader with 38. Schaefer also holds the career shutouts record with 15 and is No. 1 in career saves as well with 329. Schaefer preserved the shutout with a save on a Michaela Bruno shot with less than 30 seconds to play in the match.
  • Rhodes scored a trio of goals for the first time in her career. She is the ninth player in program history to score three goals in a game. The Durban, South Africa, native paces Liberty in goals (12), assists (7) and points (31).
  • Liberty outshot Georgetown 22-2 in the contest and held an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.
  • The Lady Flames are now 7-0 all-time against the Hoyas, including a 4-0 mark in BIG EAST matches and a 2-0 mark at Cooper Field.
  • Liberty (9-3 record) has matched its best 12-game start in program history. The 2015 Lady Flames also started the year by winning nine of their first 12 matches.
  • Bolton's goal was the 27th of her career, moving her into solo sixth place in program history in that category.
  • Liberty has outscored its opponents 38-4 in its nine wins. The Lady Flames are 4-2 on the road in 2019.

 

Up Next
Liberty's next match will be at No. 1 North Carolina (12-0) on Sunday afternoon. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. at Karen Shelton Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.