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Liberty and Longwood Battle to 0-0 Draw

September 19, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mike Gelatt and the Liberty back line helped the Flames record their third shutout of the season Wednesday.

Mike Gelatt and the Liberty back line helped the Flames record their third shutout of the season Wednesday.

In an evenly played, physical match-up, the Liberty Flames and the Longwood Lancers both came up with strong defensive efforts in a 0-0, 2 OT men's soccer match at Liberty Soccer Field Wednesday afternoon.

With the tie, Liberty, which entered the week ranked No. 9 in the latest NSCAA South Atlantic Region rankings, moves to 4-1-1 on the season, while Longwood's season mark now stands at 2-3-1.

After the Lancers opened the early minutes of the contest with a corner kick, the first half turned into a neutral zone battle, with few shots opportunities for either team.

With the squads exchanging possession, but generating little offense, Liberty held a 3-2 edge in shots during the period. All three Flames shots in the period came from outside the penalty by midfielders. Joshua Boateng (Jr., Accra, Ghana) took two of the Liberty attempts, while Daniel McGarry (Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.) attempted one.

Meanwhile, Longwood's first shot of the game came at 35:42 by Giovanni Peralta, forcing Liberty keeper Paul Gilbert (Fr., Rockvale, Tenn.) to make a save. Gilbert, a few minutes later, made a routine save on another Peralta shot.

Nine minutes into the second half, Boateng, the reining Big South Player of the Week, took a feed from Adrian Bumbut (Sr., F, Zalau, Romania) and, using a Lancer defender as a screen, pumped a shot towards the net. Longwood goalkeeper Bryandt Youmans made an outstanding stop to preserve the scoreless deadlock.

In the77th minute, Longwood's Brian Germain and Sean Harvey each found space to attempt shots, but Gilbert made the stop on Germain's shot, while Harvey's sailed high.

After a Bumbut shot attempt went wide in the 81st minute, neither team managed a shot as the back lines for both sides continued their stellar play, sending the contest to overtime.

In the first extra period, the teams managed only one shot combined in the 10 minutes. Bumbut's shot in the 95th minute sailed high.

The second overtime once again saw most of the action in the neutral zone, until the contest's final minutes. Longwood attempted a corner kick in the last minute in order to tally the golden goal, but the kick was denied by the Flames' defense, which headed the ball away to safety.

Shots in the contest were even at eight apiece, while Longwood held a slight, 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

Liberty's Gilbert made three saves in the contest, notching his third shutout of the year, while Longwood's Youmans made two saves on the afternoon.

The Flames take a week off, before returning to action next Wednesday with the start of Big South Conference play. Liberty will host rival Radford at Liberty Soccer Field. Match time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.