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#1 Tar Heels Edge Flames, 1-0, on Second-Half Goal

September 9, 2006  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior defender Osei Telesford

Senior defender Osei Telesford

In a match which went back-and-forth for the full 90 minutes, the #1-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels scored the contest's lone goal midway through the second half, lifting them to a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Liberty Flames, Saturday afternoon before an overflow crowd at Liberty Soccer Field.

With the setback, Liberty falls to 1-2 on the young season, while North Carolina moves to 5-1. The game was only the second time in school history that Liberty has hosted a #1 ranked team in Lynchburg as the soccer team hosted the nation's top team Virginia in 1988.

Playing their first home game before a charged-up crowd of 2,391, the host Flames jumped out quickly as they were able to outshoot the Tar Heels, 3-1 in the games first 10 minutes.

The match then settled into a series of end-to-end opportunities with both teams countering each other throughout the half. North Carolina had several chances as it saw Zach Lloyd's shot go off the post in the 21st minute of play and later midfielder Eddie Ababio was able to get the ball in the open and split defenders for a shot which was blocked in front by another Liberty defender in the 30th minute of play.

Liberty also had chances with Toby Lewis (Jr., F, Morrison, Colo.) coming the closest as he had a shot blocked in front, only to pick up the rebound and have the following shot go off the crossbar in the 34th minute.

After an evenly played first half, the two teams continued their up tempo play as they traded shots as the second half opened.

North Carolina broke through in the game's 64th minute for the contest's lone goal. Midfielder Scott Campbell picked up the rebound of his own miss and tucked it into the right corner for the only goal of the afternoon at the 63:22 mark.

The Flames put pressure on the Tar Heels' defense down the stretch with Liberty coming the closest to knotting the match in the 87th minute. Forward Darryl Roberts' (R-Sr., Trincity, Trindad) bicycle kick off a free kick by midfielder Joshua Boateng (So., Accra, Ghana) nicked the crossbar and went over the net.

On the afternoon, Liberty out shot North Carolina, 13-11, while holding the edge in corner kicks, also 5-4.

Goalkeeper Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.) made four saves in the Flames' net, while Brooks Haggerty made three saves for the Tar Heels.

Liberty returns to Big South Conference play on Tuesday afternoon as it travels over the Blue Ridge Mountains to square off with the VMI Keydets. Match time at VMI's Patchin Field is set for 4 p.m.