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Longwood Knocks Off No. 20 Liberty 2-1

September 11, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames fell to the Lancers 2-1 on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Flames fell to the Lancers 2-1 on Tuesday morning.

Behind a pair of second-half goals, the Longwood Lancers upset No. 20 Liberty 2-1 on Tuesday morning at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

After the Lady Flames' Agueda Moroni put Liberty ahead 1-0 in the first half, the Lancers responded with goals from Luna Lopez (48:10 mark) and the game-winner by Charlotte Wilm at the 56:29 mark.

Liberty (3-2) sees its two-game winning streak come to an end. Longwood improves to 4-1 and has won three straight matches.

Scoring Summary
17' - LIBERTY - Agueda Moroni (Kendra Jones, Mallory Fortenbaugh) | Penalty Corner
49' - LONGWOOD - Luna Lopez (unassisted)
57' - LONGWOOD - Charlotte Wilm (unassisted)

W: Katie Wyman 4-1, four saves
L: Allison Schaefer 3-2, five saves

Turning Points
In the 41st minute, Liberty, leading 1-0, earned its first penalty stroke of the season. Longwood netminder Katie Wyman thwarted Moroni's attempt to make it a two-goal game, diving to her right and saving Moroni's shot.

Just over seven minutes later in the 49th minute, the Lancers' Lopez entered the circle unguarded and buried a forehanded strike into the left side, evening the match at 1-1.

In the 57th minute, Longwood attacker Leonie Vertstraete saw her shot attempt saved by Lady Flames goalkeeper Allison Schaefer, but Wilm scored on a rebound from in front of the cage on the left side to make it 2-1 Longwood.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Moroni scored her 10th goal of the season and continues to lead the nation in that category. The senior's marker was the 39th of her career in 42 games.
  • The Lady Flames drew six penalty corners but only converted on one of them. The Lancers were 0-of-5 on their penalty corner chances.
  • Liberty maintained a narrow advantage in shots, 14-13, but Longwood held a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
  • Junior Mallory Fortenbaugh and redshirt sophomore Kendra Jones each notched their third assists of the season, tying Moroni for the team lead in the category.
  • Once the Lancers took the lead, they only allowed two Lady Flames shots (one on cage) and zero short corners over the final 13:31 of the contest.
  • Longwood has won each of the last two meetings against Liberty at the Liberty Field Hockey.
  • The one goal scored by Liberty was its lowest offensive output of the season. The Lady Flames entered the contest first in the country in goals per game (4.50).

Up Next
Liberty will be back on its home turf on Thursday for its BIG EAST opener against the Temple Owls (1-5). Match time is scheduled for noon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.