The Liberty Flames rallied from a 3-0 deficit with two goals over the final 23 minutes of the contest, but could not find the equalizer, as the USC Upstate Spartans defeated the Flames 3-2, Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium.
The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 advantage early in the second half, only to see the Flames cut their deficit to one late in the second half. However, Liberty was not able find the game-tying goal over the final three minutes.
Shane Geisler scored the Flames' first goal of the contest and Liberty's pressure resulted in an own goal by the Spartans.
Liberty falls to 4-11 overall. USC Upstate moves to 4-10 overall.
Scoring Summary 38' – UPSTATE – Adian Hill (Assisted by Joel Bunting) 53' – UPSTATE – Javier Torres (Assisted by Pol Monells) 55' – UPSTATE – Javier Torres (Assisted by Pol Monells) 68' – LIBERTY – Shane Geisler (Unassisted) 87' – LIBERTY – OWN GOAL
Turning Point Up 1-0, the Spartans struck for back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart, both by Javier Torres. In the 53rd minute, forward Pol Monells found Torres for his first goal of the contest for a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box. The combo then hooked up again 116 seconds later. Liberty goalkeeper Danny Cordero blocked a shot from the top of the box, only to see the ball deflect to Torres, who scored with a shot to the left corner of the net to give visiting USC Upstate a 3-0 lead.
Key Stats & Notes • USC Upstate outshot Liberty, 17-13, in the contest. USC Upstate also held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
• Geisler netted his second goal of the season. Geisler beat a Spartans defender to a loose ball on the USC Upstate side of midfield. Catching the Spartans goalkeeper off his line, Geisler chipped a shot over keeper Luca Bulfon, scoring from 30 yards out.
• Liberty starting goalkeeper Danny Cordero made a career-high seven saves during the first 61 minutes of the contest. Brogan Engbers took over for the Flames and played the last 29 minutes. He made two saves, including a diving stop of a shot to keep the Spartans from upping their lead to 4-1 in the 77th minute. USC Upstate goalkeeper Bulfon made one save.
• USC Upstate's Javier Torres scored his first two goals of the season in the contest. Adian Hill netted his second goal of the year for the Spartans.
• Tonight's contest was the last regular season non-conference match for the Flames.
Up Next Liberty travels to Jacksonville, Fla., for an ASUN Conference match against the Jacksonville Dolphins, Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Southern Oaks Stadium.