Pippa Best had two shots on Sunday at Duke. Best leads Liberty with seven shots in two games.
The No. 13 Liberty field hockey team was shut out, 4-0, at No. 4 Duke on Sunday afternoon at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.
Following a scoreless first half, the Blue Devils scored all four of their goals after intermission.
With the loss, Liberty falls to 0-2, while Duke improves to 2-0.
The Blue Devils' Alyssa Chillano scored the game's first goal, her second of the season, in the 44th minute on a drag off a penalty corner. Chillano's goal was set up by Margaux Paolino and Robin Blazing. Just over seven minutes later, Duke increased its advantage to 2-0 on a hard strike from the circle off the stick of Heather Morris. Morris' goal, her third of the year, was assisted by Erin Scherrer.
The Blue Devils made it 3-0 on a 54th-minute goal from Rose Tynan. Aisling Naughton led a 2-on-1 fast break and found Tynan, who fired a shot from five yards out and into the back of the goal cage. Duke got its final tally from Caroline Andretta on its seventh and final penalty corner of the game. Chillano sent a ball toward the goal that was tipped in by Andretta.
Liberty drew eight penalty corners compared to seven for Duke but failed to convert. The Lady Flames held a 5-3 edge in penalty corners in the first half despite being outshot by the Blue Devils, 8-5.
"It is clear that we need to continue to assess our personnel and play a system that suits our strengths. It is very early in the season, and we need to figure out what are our best combinations," stated head coach Jodi Murphy. "I have been pleased with our ability to draw corners, but we need to convert. I am confident this team will use this weekend's losses to fuel our fire into this next week as we prepare for a big match against Syracuse."
For the game, Duke outshot Liberty, 25-11. Kendra Jones, Serena Barr and Pippa Best each tallied two shots for the Lady Flames, while Jones and Jenny Kurlej were the only Liberty players to put shots on goal.
Lady Flames freshman goalkeeper Allison Schaefer reached double figures in saves with 12 for Liberty. Blue Devils goalkeeper Sammi Steele fended off two shots for her first shutout of the season.
The Lady Flames are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 3. Liberty travels to Hofstra University to play defending national champion, No. 2 Syracuse (2-0). Syracuse defeated No. 6 Maryland, 4-1, on Sunday. The match is set for noon at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.