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No. 20 Liberty Rallies in Second Half to Defeat No. 7 Virginia 3-2

September 16, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Klopp (second from left) scored the first game-winning goal of her career on Sunday versus No. 7 Virginia.
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The No. 20 Lady Flames field hockey team erased a two-goal deficit at intermission, scoring three times in the second half for a monumental 3-2 victory over the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers, Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Freshman Alivia Klopp delivered the game-winner in the 69th minute, scoring on a tip from the right post to give the Lady Flames their first-ever win over Virginia in five tries.  

With the win, its third ever over a top-10 team, Liberty improves to 4-2 on the season. Meanwhile, Virginia is now 3-3 on the year and has lost its last two contests.

Scoring Summary
16' – VIRGINIA – Makayla Gallen (unassisted)
29' – VIRGINIA – Grace Wallis (unassisted)
38' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Abby Julius)
58' – LIBERTY – Mallory Fortenbaugh (Abby Julius) | Penalty Corner
69' – LIBERTY – Alivia Klopp (Agueda Moroni) | Penalty Corner

Thoughts from Coach Parsley-Blocker
"The team's performance today was outstanding. Coming off of a tough loss on Tuesday, the girls responded exactly how they needed to. We trusted the process, executed the game plan and took our chances on corners."

Turning Points
The Lady Flames trailed 2-0 after the first 35 minutes before momentum drastically swung in their way to start the second half.  Liberty senior Abby Julius drove towards the end line inside the right side of the circle and fed a pass over to sophomore Jill Bolton, who cut the deficit in half (2-1) with her fifth goal of the season at the 37:46 mark.

With under 13 minutes to go in the contest, the Lady Flames drew a penalty corner and converted. Following the insert, Julius ripped a forehanded strike that was heading towards the left post. Mallory Fortenbaugh redirected Julius' blast into the back of the cage for her second marker of the season, evening the score at 2-2.

Finally, Klopp delivered the dramatic game-winning tally with 1:45 to play in the game. An insert from Fortenbaugh found the stick of Kendra Jones, who nudged a pass to Agueda Moroni. Moroni sent the ball towards the right post, finding a diving Klopp. Klopp's perfect tip went past Virginia netminder Lucas Carrera and into the back of the net for her second goal of the year, giving Liberty its first lead of the game. The Cavaliers applied some pressure over the final 1:45 of the game and evened entered the circle at one point, but the Lady Flames held on for victory.

Key Stats & Notes

  • The Lady Flames and Cavaliers drew five short corners apiece on the afternoon. However, Liberty converted two of those chances, while Virginia came up empty on their five opportunities.
  • Liberty outshot Virginia 11-9 in the match and 8-5 in the second half.
  • The Lady Flames and Cavaliers drew five short corners apiece on the afternoon. However, Liberty converted two of those chances, while Virginia came up empty on their five opportunities.
  • Moroni, who assisted on the game-winning goal from Klopp, has at least one point in all six contests and has 24 points (10 g, 4 a, 4.00 points/game) on the season.
  • Four of the five contests between the Lady Flames and Cavaliers in the all-time series have been decided by one goal.
  • The Lady Flames are now 2-1 against ranked foes in 2018 (other win: at No. 17 James Madison on Aug. 24 to open the season).
  • Sunday's victory marked Liberty's third top-10 victory in program history. The other two both came against Stanford when the Lady Flames won NorPac crowns over the Cardinal in 2013 and 2014.

Up Next
The Lady Flames will open up BIG EAST play on Friday evening when they head to Conshohocken, Pa., to take on the Villanova Wildcats (3-4, 1-0 BIG EAST). Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Villanova Field Hockey Field.