Amy Oberlin scored the only goal of the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie and leading the Liberty Lady Flames to a 2-1 victory over the VMI Keydets in Big South women's soccer action, Tuesday night at Liberty Soccer Field. The win was the Liberty women's soccer program's 100th victory.
The teams traded goals in the first half with one scoring a goal less than a minute into the half and one scoring a goal with less than a minute remaining in the half.
Liberty jumped out 1-0 just 26 seconds into the match as a Kristin Faxon (Jr., MF, Chester, N.H.) cross would find Rachel Hetrick (So., F, Grantville, Pa.) who deposited the ball into the lower left-hand corner of the net for her first goal of the season.
VMI countered with 27 seconds remaining in the half. On their first corner kick of the half, Alexa Bernas headed in the kick off the foot of Megan Strand, sending the match to intermission tied 1-1. It was Bernas' 14th goal of the season.
In the second half, neither team would break through for a score until the game's 67th minute. Alaina Hohnarth (Jr., MF, Hamburg, N.J.) inserted into the match as a substitute just a few seconds earlier, would find Oberlin (Fr., F, Ada, Mich,) with a corner kick, which the forward headed in for a 2-1 Liberty lead. For Oberlin, it was her fourth goal of the season.
On the evening, the Lady Flames out shot the Keydets, 10-7, in the tightly played match, while also holding the edge in corner kicks, 5-4.
Liberty keeper Sonia Rodriguez (Sr., Fairfax, Va.) made one save in the game, while VMI's Jessica Rheinlander had four stops in the Keydet net. "It was important for us to get this win," stated Lady Flames' head coach James Price. "We have already loss three games in conference and at this stage of the season, we really needed it."
"I thought Kristen Faxon was excellent today and was probably our best player," continued Price. "She may not be the flashiest or trickiest player out there, but she works extremely hard everyday in practice and in every game. Today, she made both goals happen."
With the win, Liberty snaps a three-game skid to up their overall record to 6-6-2 and 3-3 in the Big South Conference, while VMI falls to 7-9-0 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
The victory also is the 100th victory for the Liberty women's soccer program. Of the program's 100 wins, Price, who has been at the helm of the program for nine seasons, has led the Lady Flames to 67 of those victories.
Liberty next continues Big South Conference play as they take their longest road trip of the season to Birmingham, Ala. to square off with the Birmingham-Southern Panthers on Saturday afternoon. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.