Ashley Braam and Tanya Payne each scored goals to lead the Liberty Lady Flames past the Howard Bison, 2-1, in a non-conference women's soccer game, Monday evening, at rainy Greene Stadium.
With rain falling from the start, Howard netted the game's first goal four minutes into the first half. Off a free kick from the top of the box, Kyrah Bacote's kick deflected through the Liberty wall and into the net for a 1-0 Bison lead.
The Lady Flames scored the equalizer off the foot of Ashley Braam (So., F, Grand Rapids, Mich.) at the 27:53 mark. Braam would thread her way through the Bison defense and score her fourth goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1.
Liberty then took the lead at 41:00. After Braam would be dragged down in the box, Payne scored the go ahead goal off a penalty kick. The goal was Payne's fourth of the season.
With the rain becoming heavier throughout the half, neither team would score as both teams found mounting any offense difficult in the second half. Howard managed only three shots, with only one going on goal, while Liberty had two shots on goal in the half.
The Lady Flames out shot the Bison 10-6 in the match, while Liberty led Howard in corner kicks, 8-3.
Lady Flames' keeper Sonia Rodriguez (Sr., Fairfax, Va.) made five saves in the game, while Howard's Lindsey Walton made four stops.
"We began by playing sloppy and had to adjust, but them scoring first forced us to adjust more quickly," stated Liberty head coach James Price. "Once we settled down, we were able to play better."
"The conditions certainly didn't help us, so it's great to get out of here tonight with a win," continued Price. "Ashley Braam made a lot of things happen for us tonight, not only scoring a goal, but making a lot of nice runs throughout the game." With their third-straight win, the Lady Flames improve to 8-6-2, while the Bison fall to 4-10-1 on the season.
Liberty returns home on Saturday afternoon to host Big South Conference foe Coastal Carolina in the last home game and regular season game of the season. Before the match, the three Lady Flames' seniors will be honored as they play in their last match at Liberty Soccer Field. Match time is set for 7 p.m.