Mallory Neff netted first goal of the contest.
No. 3 seed Liberty tallied three second-half goals to defeat No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina 3-0 in the semifinals of the Big South Women's Soccer Tournament Friday evening at CCU Soccer Field on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.
With the victory, the Lady Flames advance to their second straight Big South Championship Final against No. 5 seed UNC Asheville, a 2-1 winner over No.1 seed Winthrop, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with an NCAA Tournament berth on the line. The game will be a rematch of last year's title match, which was won by Liberty, 3-0.
Liberty improves to 9-7-1 overall on the season. The Lady Flames have won a Big South-record three tournament championships, while Asheville will look for its second crown and first since 1995. Coastal Carolina, the championship's host, finishes the season at 13-6-1.
After a scoreless first half, Liberty went on top at the 51:38 mark of the second half when Mallory Neff (Jr., MF, Sunbury, Pa,) converted a rebounded shot by Tanya Payne (Jr., D, Prescott, Ariz.) during a scrum in the box in front of Coastal Carolina's net. It was Neff's second goal of the season.
The Lady Flames extended their lead to 2-0 when Neff's corner kick found Paige Cheek (Sr., Gambrills, Md.) for a shot which deflected off a Coastal defender and into a net for an own goal at the 59:08.
Big South All-Conference first team midfielder Mandee Wheelock (Sr., Front Royal, Va.) put the game away at 69:25 when her crossing attempt hit the left post and trickled in to make it 3-0, with Kendall Bartholomew (Jr., F, Thaxton, Va.) assisting on the score.
Goalie Katherine Neff (Sr., Guelph, Ont.) tallied six saves in net for the Lady Flames.Coastal Carolna's Jaclyn Stoll had five saves .
Liberty had the shot advantage at 13-12.
Liberty head coach James Price
"I thought it was a really hard fought contest. We performed well with a lot of solid individual performances. Now we focus on Sunday and we are looking forward to it."
Coastal Carolina head coach Rohan Naraine
"After the first half, it was pretty even. It's mistakes that are going to hurt you and that's what did tonight. We gave them two corner kicks and we didn't clear. We can't make those mistakes in a game like this. You have to give Liberty credit, they're a good team. We played hard but couldn't score when we had chances."