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North Florida Edges Liberty 3-2

September 29, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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In their first-ever ASUN Conference home match, the Liberty Flames saw the North Florida Ospreys rally for a 3-2 victory at Osborne Stadium, Saturday.

The Flames carried a 2-0 lead through the first 39 minutes of play, only to see the Ospreys net the last three goals of the contest, including two in the second half, for the victory.

The match was the first ASUN league match ever at Osborne Stadium. Liberty drops to 3-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in conference. North Florida, playing its first ASUN match of the year, moves to 2-7 overall and 1-0 in conference.           

Scoring Summary
1' - LIBERTY - Kevin Mendoza (unassisted)
38' - LIBERTY - Kevin Mendoza (penalty kick)
40' - UNF - Nick Burgess (assisted by Jake Hawker)
69' - UNF - Adam Everett (assisted by Bryson Smith)
78' - UNF - Mikey Connell (unassisted)

Turning Point
With the score tied 2-2 during the 78th minute, a foul near the left sideline gave UNF a free kick from 35 yards out. Leading scorer Mikey Connell ripped a left-footed shot, scoring his sixth goal of the year to give the Ospreys a 3-2 edge.

Key Stats & Notes

  • The contest was the first-ever ASUN Conference home contest in Liberty program history. In addition, it was the first meeting ever between the two schools in soccer.
  • Liberty outshot UNF, 11-10, and held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
  • Midfielder Kevin Mendoza posted his first multi-goal game of the year for the Flames in the contest and now has scored five goals this season. The senior has scored at least one goal in each of the last three Liberty contests.
  • UNF defender Nick Burgess and forward Adam Everett each recorded his first goal of the season in the contest.
  • Goalkeeper James Knoebel made one save for the Flames, while the Ospreys' Philip D'Amico made four, including two stops late in the second half to preserve the UNF advantage.
  • The Flames were playing for the first time since a 3-3 tie at Stetson on Sept. 13.

Up Next
Liberty steps out of conference and travels up Route 460 for a contest against the Longwood Lancers, Tuesday. Match time at Longwood Athletics Complex is scheduled for 6 p.m.