Wendy Williams scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third as the High Point Panthers posted a 3-1 victory over the Liberty Lady Flames, Thursday night, at Albion Millis Stadium.
The Panthers, who were playing for the first time in nearly two weeks because of a postponed game last weekend, improved to 8-4-0 overall and upped their Big South Conference mark to 3-1-0 with the win. Liberty dropped its second straight league match, falling to 5-5-2 overall and 2-2-0 in conference play.
"We've simply been outworked by two good teams, the last two games," commented Lady Flame head coach James Price. " We have to get better inside the 18s (the goal boxes). We don't finish inside our 18 and we don't do well defending in ours."
Williams put the Panthers on the board first by gathering in a rebound off a shot by teammate Traci Andersen that hit the crossbar and pushed it past Liberty netminder Sonia Rodriguez (Sr., Fairfax, Va.) at the 24:26 mark.
Her goal was the lone score of the first half as both team's defenses played extremely well with the High Point holding a 5-2 edge in shot attempts in the opening period.
The Lady Flames' Alaina Hohnarth (Jr., MF, Hamburg, N.J.) tied the score at 1-1, less than 10 minutes into the second half when her free kick opportunity from over 25 yards out glanced off Panther goalkeeper Erika Brockmyer's hands and the crossbar at the 52:40 mark. It was Hohnarth's second goal of the season.
High Point answered less than seven minutes later (59:26) when Williams corralled a loose ball off a throw-in at the front of the goal box and scored off the left side for her second goal of the night.
The Panthers added an insurance goal at 71:37 as Williams lobbed a ball into the left side of the box that Renee Hitchcock touched on to Amy Anzovino who scored the touch pass for a 3-1 advantage.
For the match, High Point outshot Liberty 11-6, while the Lady Flames led in corner kicks, 5-3. Each goalkeeper recorded a save on the night.
"Tanya Payne (So., D, Prescott, Ariz.) has been really working hard for us," noted Price. "She has been showing the type of effort, we really need from everyone."
The Lady Flames continue a busy stretch which sees them play four games in eight days, as they return home Saturday afternoon to host Winthrop in a Big South Conference match. Game time is set for 2 p.m.