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Liberty Downs Georgetown to Improve to 5-0 in BIG EAST

October 12, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty picked up its 10th win of 2018 on Friday.

Liberty picked up its 10th win of 2018 on Friday.

Goals from seniors Moniek van Aarle and Abby Julius propelled the 19th-ranked Lady Flames field hockey team to a 2-1 win over visiting Georgetown on Friday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Liberty (10-4) is now 5-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time in school history and has equaled its win totals in conference play from the previous two seasons (5-2 in 2016 and 5-2 in 2017). The Lady Flames remain in a tie atop the league standings with No. 5 UConn (12-2, 5-0 BIG EAST), a 6-0 victor over Villanova on Friday night.

With its 10th triumph of the year, Liberty has reached double digits in wins for the first time since 2015.

Georgetown (9-5) falls to 2-3 in the BIG EAST and into a tie for fourth place with Old Dominion (2-3) and Villanova (2-3).  

Scoring Summary
4' – LIBERTY – Moniek van Aarle (Jill Bolton)
57' – LIBERTY – Abby Julius (Mallory Fortenbaugh) | Penalty Corner
69' – GEORGETOWN – Lindsay Getz (Michaela Bruno)

W: Allison Schaefer 10-4, one save
L: Ciara Weets 8-5, eight saves

Turning Point
With just over 14 minutes to play and the Lady Flames leading the Hoyas 1-0, Liberty drew its sixth penalty corner of the match. On the ensuing short corner, junior Mallory Fortenbaugh sent an insertion pass along to Julius, who ripped a powerful shot off Georgetown goalkeeper Ciara Weets' left pad and into the cage.

Julius' first goal of the season and 10th of her career provided the hosts a two-goal cushion that proved to be enough.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty drew eight penalty corners in the contest, compared to zero for Georgetown. The last time the Lady Flames yielded no corners in a game to an opponent was on Sept. 20, 2016, at home versus the Longwood Lancers.
  • The goal by van Aarle was the second game-winning marker of her career.
  • The Lady Flames outshot the Hoyas 18-4 in the game, led by seven shots from senior Agueda Moroni.
  • Fortenbaugh picked up her ninth assist of the season. Her previous high in a season was four assists, both as a freshman and sophomore.
  • Sophomore Jill Bolton now has at least one point in five Liberty's last six games. She recorded her second assist of the season, setting up van Aarle's goal in the early stages of the match.
  • Liberty now has an unblemished 6-0 mark all-time against Georgetown.


Up Next
Liberty is slated to take on No. 9 Syracuse (8-4) in a non-conference match on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game is scheduled to be played at Duke's Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C.