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Lady Flames Edged by Unbeaten Monarchs in Overtime

September 18, 2006  Norfolk, Va.  RSS
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Mandee Wheelock

Mandee Wheelock

The Liberty Lady Flames pushed the unbeaten Old Dominion Monarchs into overtime before falling 2-1, Monday night in a non-conference contest at ODU Soccer Field.

With the setback, the Lady Flames drop to 3-5 overall, while the Monarchs improve to 8-0.

After a scoreless first half, the two teams continued their back-and-forth play as they traded shots for the first 20 minutes after intermission.

Pressuring the Old Dominion defense with two shots just moments earlier, Liberty broke through at the 86:22 mark. Midfielder Mandee Wheelock (Sr., Front Royal, Va.) fed Amy Oberlin (So., F, Ada, Mich.) with a pass in front which the sophomore put home for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead . The goal was only the second goal of the season scored by a Monarchs' opponent this season.

Less than two minutes later, Old Dominion knotted the contest. Off a scramble in front, Heather Vaughan scored the rebound of Shavon Knight's blocked header to tie the match and send it to overtime.

In extra stanza, the visiting Lady Flames got off the first shot of the period, before the Monarchs' Knight found forward Janna Pearson as she broke toward the net with a pass which the forward scored for the 2-1 victory.

On the evening, the contest was statistically even as Old Dominion edged Liberty, 17-15, in shots, while each team had five corner kicks each.

Lady Flame keeper Katherine Neff (Sr., Guelph, Ont.) made three saves in the contest, while sophomore Lauren Tupman had seven saves for the Monarchs.

Liberty returns to Big South Conference play on Sunday by traveling to Conway, S.C. for an afternoon match with the Coastal Chanticleers. Match time is set for 2 p.m.