Better late than never
Lady Flames score a late goal to defeat the University of Maryland Baltimore County
The Liberty University women’s soccer team (2-3) defeated the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1-4) 2-1 at Osborne Stadium Sept. 7.
Junior forward Devon Jones scored the first goal of the game during the 10th minute with assistance from midfielder Isabella Habuda.
Habuda crossed the ball from the left side of the goal box, giving Jones a chance to shoot in front of the goal.
UMBC made its first goal at the 59th minute when the team scored from the left side of the goal box.
The game stayed tied with about 30 minutes of back and forth passing, saves, fouls and attempted shots.
At the 85th minute, redshirt freshman Kayleigh Kardos shot a goal from eight yards out.
The fans went crazy as the goal was lined up with assistance from freshman defender Lissi Gordon.
“Coming out and not giving up, and being there in the right moment, is what got us the win,” Jones said.
Liberty had a total of eight saves, 12 fouls, three corner kicks and 13 shots by the end of the game.
UMBC ended the game with four saves, five fouls, five corner kicks and 16 shots at the 90th minute.
“Defense did well with figuring out the situation,” Jones said.
“The movement was a little off with passing back and forth. Coach made necessary switches which helped for a bit.”
The game started slow but picked up pace when the score became 1-1.
Liberty refused to step down, and the crowd, coaches and benched players were all a help to the Flames getting that last goal.
“The highlight was really us giving up the goal and clawing our way to get it back,” Coach Lang Wedemeyer said.
Kardos said the team fought hard to end the game in regulation and not settle for overtime.
“Passing and switching the field needs improvement,” Jones said.
“We kind of figured it out and got the win. I am proud of my team. We needed it.”
Kardos said the set up by Gordon gave her the ability to get the header in.
“It was a great free kick and getting around to the fender to get that header is what did it for us,” Kardos said.
Kardos said the team is close to getting the chemistry it needs to put it ahead in future matchups.
With injuries reshaping the team, it must become familiar with the changing lineups.
Liberty has had different starters every game this season.
“We have a lot of depth and we can play a lot of players,” Wedemeyer said.
“We just do not have the consistency.”
Wedemeyer said the team needs to focus on its passing and clearing of balls.
He said it was not very sharp against UMBC and that it is something the team must correct quickly.
Liberty travels to Louisiana State University and James Madison University for its next two games.
The next home game will be against Gardner-Webb University Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.
Deutsch is a sports reporter.