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Lady Flames Fall in OT at High Point, 1-0

October 20, 2007  High Point, N.C.  RSS
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Liberty's Maria Owen

Liberty's Maria Owen

Forward Jen Evans scored 2:33 into overtime, pushing the host High Point Panthers past the Liberty Lady Flames, 1-0, Saturday night in Big South women's soccer action.

Liberty drops to 1-3 in Big South play and 4-9 overall. High Point moves to 3-1 in conference action and 7-5-2 overall. The contest was Liberty's first overtime contest of the season. The setback halts a two-game win streak for the Lady Flames.

The opening period was mainly a neutral zone battle. In an evenly played half, the squads exchanged 10 combined shots, with the host Panthers holding a slight 6-4 edge.

Liberty's Suzanne Edwards (Sr., F, Waxhaw, N.C.) fired the first shot of the contest at 2:14, forcing a save by High Point keeper Marisa Abbott. Midfielder Mallory Neff (Jr., MF, Sunbury, Pa.) also got a shot on net in the half during the 33rd minute, with Abbott making another stop.

In the second half, the Lady Flames went on the attack with eight shots during the period, while holding the Panthers to one.

Liberty opened the half with six-straight shot attempts in the first 20 minutes. Maria Owen (Fr., F, Mount Jackson, Va.) began the span with a shot 1:25 into the period and ended the Lady Flames' burst with her third shot of the stretch in the 65th minute.

After High Point's lone shot of the half was stopped by Liberty keeper Ashley Nyholt (Fr., Brampton, Ont.) in the 70th minute, a shot attempt moments later by Lady Flame Christina McDonald (So., MF, Rosewell, Ga.) off a corner kick hit the crossbar, keeping the game scoreless.

Over the last 18 minutes of regulation, neither team was able to get off a shot, sending the contest to overtime.

In the extra period, High Pont converted a corner kick opportunity at 92:33 for the victory. On the kick, Evans picked up a loose ball in front and put it past the keeper for the triumph.

The Lady Flames outshot the Panthers, 12-8, in the game, while host High Point held a 7-4 advantage on corner kicks. Liberty was also whistled for offsides six times in the contest, five of which came in the first half.

Nyholt recorded two saves in the Lady Flames' net, while Abbott made four for the Panthers.

Liberty returns home on Tuesday for another Big South contest against the Radford Highlanders. Game time at Liberty Soccer Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.