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Lewis Tallies Lone Goal as Flames Down Terriers, 1-0

October 20, 2006  Spartanburg, S.C.  RSS
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Toby Lewis had the game-winner Friday.

Toby Lewis had the game-winner Friday.

A goal by forward Toby Lewis in the game's 71st minute propelled the Liberty Flames past the Wofford Terriers, 1-0, Friday night in non-conference men's soccer action at Snyder Field.

With its third-straight win, Liberty moves to 7-5 on the season. Wofford drops 2-14-1.
It is the first time since 2003 that the Flames have won three straight contests. During the streak, Liberty has allowed only one goal and has two shutouts.

After a tightly played, scoreless first 71 minutes, the Flames scored the only goal they needed on the night. After a Terrier foul, midfielder Brandon Patterson (Jr., Lakeland, Fla.) sent the ensuing direct kick towards the goal mouth. The kick found the head of an attacking Lewis (Jr., Morrison, Colo.) on the left-hand side before landing in the back of the net to the far post past the Wofford defense and goalkeeper Russ Sandifer. Patterson's pass came from 40 yards out and hit Lewis in-stride near the eight-yard mark for the forward's fourth goal of the season.

Later, Liberty had a chance to extend its lead as Patterson had another free kick hit off the crossbar in the 78th minute.

However, Lewis' marker was all the Flames needed as the Liberty defense clamped down on the Terrier offense throughout the evening allowing only three shots on goal including only one in the last 20 minutes of play.

On the evening, Liberty outshot Wofford, 13-8. The Terriers held the edge in corner kicks, 6-4. In a rough game, Wofford committed 18 fouls to Liberty's 11. The Terriers also received four cautions in the match to the Flames two.

Flames' keeper Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.) had three saves on the evening in recording his third shutout of the season. Wofford netminder Sandifer also made three saves.

Patterson and Lewis each had three shots to pace the Flames. The Terriers' Yakov Rubinchik registered a career-high five shots to lead all players.

Liberty returns home looking to extend its three-game winning streak on Monday as it hosts the Southern Virginia Knights in a non-conference match at Liberty Soccer Field. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.