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No. 21 Wake Forest Tops No. 20 Liberty 3-2 in Double OT, Sunday

September 30, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Moroni scored her 20th goal of the season on Sunday, a new program record.
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Wake Forest forward Alexis Grippo scored on a penalty stroke just over a minute into double overtime, giving the No. 21 Demon Deacons a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the No. 20 Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team on Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Grippo's goal, her third of the year, came after Wake Forest (6-5) was awarded the penalty stroke 1:15 into the second overtime session. The Demon Deacons trailed 2-0 at halftime before storming back to tie up the contest and force overtime, prior to Grippo's eventual game-winner.

Liberty drops to 8-3 on the season and sees its five-match winning streak snapped. On Sunday, Lady Flames senior midfielder/forward Agueda Moroni set the new program record for most goals in a season with her 20th goal of the year.

Scoring Summary
3' - LIBERTY - Agueda Moroni (Kendra Jones, Mallory Fortenbaugh) | Penalty Corner
19' - LIBERTY - Jill Bolton (Abby Julius)
42' - WAKE FOREST - Kelsey Gill (unassisted)
62' - WAKE FOREST - Jule Grashoff (unassisted)
82' - WAKE FOREST - Alexis Grippo (Penalty Stroke)

W: Isla Bint 6-1, six saves
L: Allison Schaefer 8-3, four saves

Turning Point
Trailing 2-0 at intermission, the Demon Deacons narrowed the deficit to 2-1 in the 42nd minute. Kelsey Gill scored on a rebound following a Wake Forest short corner attempt, her first goal of the season. Wake Forest's top goal scorer, Jule Grashoff, evened the match at 2-2 at 61:12. The Demon Deacon defense fended off two Liberty penalty corners in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Moroni's goal now puts her No. 1 in program history, breaking a record previously shared by herself (19 goals, 2017) and former Liberty players Natalie Barr (19 goals, 2013) and Sarah Gipe (19 goals, 2014). The Argentina native now shares the program record for most points in a season (49) with Natalie Barr, who accomplished the feat in 2013.
  • Lady Flames sophomore Jill Bolton scored her ninth goal of the season, matching her total from her freshman year.
  • Liberty held a 14-12 edge in shots and 8-7 advantage in shots on goal. Moroni led all players with seven shots, while Grashoff of Wake Forest had a game-high three shots on goal.
  • Liberty drew seven penalty corners, compared to five for Wake Forest.
  • Remarkably, Liberty has struck early in each of its last four contests, scoring its first goal within the first 2:30 of play in all four matches. On Sunday, Moroni's goal at the 2:24 mark put the hosts on the board first.
  • Lady Flames goalkeeper Allison Schaefer saved a penalty stroke taken by Grashoff in the 40th minute, keeping the Liberty lead at 2-0. Despite the loss, Schaefer is still enjoying the best success of her career with an 8-3 record, 1.65 goals-against-average and one shutout.  
  • Juniors Mallory Fortenbaugh and Kendra Jones both recorded their seven assists of the season. Fortenbaugh is tied for third on the team with 11 points (2 g, 7 a), and Jones is fifth on the squad with nine points (1 g, 7 a).
  • Liberty is 2-3 in one-goal games in 2018.
  • This is the second straight year the Lady Flames have lost to the Demon Deacons by one goal.


Up Next
Liberty will take on a pair of ranked foes next weekend. The Lady Flames will first travel to Old Dominion (7-3, 1-2 BIG EAST) for a BIG EAST matchup against the No. 16 Monarchs on Friday at 5 p.m. Next Sunday, Liberty welcomes the No. 1 team in the nation, the North Carolina Tar Heels (11-0, 4-0 ACC), to Lynchburg. That contest will begin at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.