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Blocker Makes 21 Saves, as Flames Fall

September 5, 2008  Norfolk. Va.  RSS
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Lady Flame goalkeeper Karen Blocker made 21 saves at Old Dominion Friday.

Lady Flame goalkeeper Karen Blocker made 21 saves at Old Dominion Friday.

Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker made 21 saves, the most by a Lady Flame keeper since 1996, as the Lady Flames fell to the Old Dominion Monarchs, 4-0, Friday night at the ODU Soccer Stadium.

With the setback, Liberty drops to 0-3, while Old Dominion moves to 4-0 on the year.

Blocker (Fr., Bowie, Md.) recorded 21 saves in the contest, the most by a Lady Flame goalkeeper since Shannon Hutchinson recorded 25 stops in a 3-0 defeat at East Carolina on Sept. 11, 1996. Hutchinson's total ties Paula Barringer, who made 25 saves in a 5-0 loss to Radford on Oct. 15, 1988, for the school single-game record. 1988 was the first year of women's soccer at Liberty.

In only her third game in a Liberty uniform, Blocker made 10 saves in the first half of play and then had 11 second-half stops in totaling 21.

The host Monarchs staked themselves to an early advantage with two goals in the contest's first 20 minutes. After a foul in the penalty area, Old Dominion's Shavon Knight converted the resulting penalty kick at 12:01 for a 1-0 lead, her fifth goal of the season. Less than six minutes later, the Monarchs added their second goal. Katie Watson chipped a free kick from outside the 18-yard box to the far post, which Caroline Brown knocked in her first goal of the year to give the home team a 2-0 advantage at 17:39.

Liberty countered with a shot by Maria Owen (So., F, Mount Jackson, Va.) in the 24th minute, which went wide, and also had a scoring opportunity in the 30th minute on a corner kick.

In the second half, with Blocker standing tall in the Lady Flame net, Liberty put pressure on the Monarch net in the 58th minute. A shot by Maggie Woody (Jr., MF, Asheville, N.C.) sailed high, while Old Dominion was able to clear the ensuing Liberty corner kick 20 seconds later.

After 17-straight saves by Blocker, the Monarchs broke through for a goal in the 79th minute and later, added a marker in the 82nd minute for the 4-0 final.

Shortly after the final Old Dominion goal of the night, Blocker made an outstanding save, her 19th of the night, by diving to her right to stop a hard shot on a two-on-one for the Monarchs in the 83rd minute.

Liberty forced a save by Old Dominion keeper Lauren Tupman in the 90th minute on a shot by Ashley Braam (Sr., F, Grand Rapids, Mich.).

In the contest, the Monarchs outshot the Lady Flames, 35-5. Watson led all players with nine shots in the game. Braam led Liberty with three shots.

Old Dominion netminder Tupman recorded one save in the match.

The Monarchs also held the edge in corner kicks, 8-5.

After starting the season with three road games, the Lady Flames will host Navy, Friday, at Liberty Soccer Field. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.