Liberty's Amy Oberlin
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers used Emma Humphries' second-half goal to defeat the Liberty Lady Flames, 1-0, Saturday evening in Big South women's soccer action at Liberty Soccer Field. With the setback, Liberty drops to 2-4 in conference play and 5-10 overall. Coastal Carolina moves into first place in the Big South standings with a 5-1 mark and ups its overall record to 11-5-1. In a tightly-played defensive contest, Humphries netted the game's lone goal at 66:29. Coastal Carolina forward Blair Monroe moved into the open and fired a shot, which ricocheted off the near post and rebounded out into the left side of the penalty area. Humphries, who was trailing the play on the left wing, picked up the loose ball and tucked it into the lower left corner for her third goal of the season. The contest was scoreless through the first 45 minutes, as Liberty outshot Coastal Carolina, 8-5 in the opening period. In the 21st minute, Liberty goalkeeper Lauren Kamphius (So., Bloomington, Ill.) kept the Chanticleers off the scoreboard with an outstanding stop. Coastal Carolina midfielder Emily McColl emerged from a scramble on the left side of the field and sent a shot on net from the top of the box. Kamphius, who was partially screened on the play, plucked the bending shot out of the air to keep the match scoreless. In the 29th minute, a shot by Lady Flame midfielder Amy Oberlin (Jr., MF, Ada, Mich.), on a corner kick, was blocked down in front by a recovering defender to keep the Lady Flames from converting. Oberlin later sent a shot on net in the 33rd minute, forcing a stop by Chanticleer keeper Amy Haggard. In the second half, neither squad attempted a shot in the first 21 minutes of play, until Humphries' marker. Liberty had three shot attempts after the goal, but was unable to get the equalizer. After a shot by the Chanticleers' Monroe bounced off the crossbar, a shot by Oberlin in the 85th minute was corralled by Haggard to preserve the Chanticleers' 1-0 victory. On the night, Liberty outshot Coastal Carolina, 11-9, and held the edge in corner kicks, 8-4. Kamphius made two saves in the Liberty net. The Lady Flames also recorded a team save. Haggard stopped five shots for the Chanticleers.
Liberty travels to UNC Asheville on Wednesday for its final Big South contest of the season. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.