Liberty shut out Georgetown, 3-0, on Friday afternoon.
Goals from Victoria O'Keeffe, Agueda Moroni and Mallory Fortenbaugh, in addition to a shutout by goalkeeper Allison Schaefer, propelled the Liberty field hockey team to a 3-0 victory at Georgetown, Friday at Cooper Field.
With the victory, Liberty improves to 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST, while Georgetown falls to 7-6 and 1-3 in conference play.
Liberty struck first in the sixth minute for a 1-0 advantage, taking an advantage it would never relinquish. After a by shot from Jill Bolton, O'Keeffe followed Bolton's shot, depositing the ball in the back of the cage. O'Keeffe's second tally of 2017 came at 5:57.
In the 13th minute, reigning NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week Agueda Moroni provided Liberty a two-goal advantage. The sophomore midfielder sliced her way through the Hoyas' defense to enter the circle.
With her back away from the goal, the Argentina native turned and ripped a forehanded strike into the right side of the cage. Moroni's 12th goal of the season and fifth in her last three contests pushed the Lady Flames' lead to 2-0 at 12:21.
Liberty, who came into the game averaging 12.5 shots per game, created plenty of scoring chances in the first half with 17 shots. The Lady Flames' third short corner of the half saw Abby Julius record three shots on frame, but Georgetown netminder Chloe Verwiel kept it a two-goal game with a trio of saves in the 27th minute.
Liberty extended the advantage to 3-0 just before halftime on its fourth penalty corner of the first stanza. Fortenbaugh inserted the ball to Abby Julius, who fed a pass across to Moroni in the center of the circle. Moroni found Bolton, who sent a ball towards the left post to Fortenbaugh.
Fortenbaugh used some nifty stickwork to send a reverse shot into the back of the cage for her second goal of the season, lifting Liberty to a 3-0 lead at 32:44.
The Lady Flames outshot the Hoyas, 17-5, in the opening frame and held a 4-1 edge in short corners.
In the second half, Georgetown proved its mettle in drawing penalty corners. The Hoyas, who came into the contest third in the nation in penalty corners (9.33), drew seven short corners after the break.
However, the Liberty defense and Schaefer were both up to the task. Schaefer made four of her five saves in the second half. Both teams attempted eight shots in the second half.
Liberty outshot Georgetown, 25-13, on the afternoon, while Georgetown outgained Liberty in corners, 8-5. Moroni led all players with nine shots, while Bolton and Julius recorded four shots apiece.
Schaefer (5-6) earned the 13th victory of her career on Friday, while Verwiel (7-6) made nine saves in a losing effort.
The Lady Flames will now head to College Park, Md., for a match at No. 17 Maryland (7-5). Match time is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
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