Second-seeded Liberty defeated third-seeded Providence 4-0 in Friday's 2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship semifinal at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.
The Lady Flames, the No. 15 team in the country, will move on to Sunday's title game, where they will meet the No. 1 seed Connecticut Huskies (17-3), a 9-1 winner over the No. 4 seed Villanova Wildcats (9-10) earlier on Friday.
The stage is set for a Liberty-UConn final for a third straight year. The Lady Flames have been in all three BIG EAST title games since joining the conference in 2016. Liberty will be looking to break through for its first BIG EAST title after falling to the Huskies in both 2016 and 2017 championships.
The Lady Flames (13-5) had four different scorers in the contest: Moniek van Aarle, Charlotte Vaanhold, Alivia Klopp and Kemy Meidane. Junior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer (13-5) notched a six-save shutout in a game featuring steady rain in the first half and downpour conditions in the second half. Providence's season ends at 11-8.
Scoring Summary 4' – LIBERTY – Moniek van Aarle (Jill Bolton) | Penalty Corner 15' – LIBERTY – Charlotte Vaanhold (Jill Bolton) | Penalty Corner 18' – LIBERTY – Alivia Klopp (unassisted) 67' – LIBERTY – Kemy Meidane (Agueda Moroni)
Goalkeepers W: Allison Schaefer 13-5, six saves L: Lydia Rice 11-7, 12 saves
Turning Point Liberty generated strong attack in the first 20 minutes of the contest, scoring three times during that span to take a commanding lead. The Lady Flames' first two markers both came on penalty corner tips (van Aarle at 3:57 mark, Vannhold at 14:45 mark), with both assists going to All-BIG EAST first team member, sophomore Jill Bolton.
Liberty extended the lead to 3-0 on a goal from freshman Klopp, her seventh of the year, at 17:41. Lady Flames goalkeeper junior Allison Schaefer came up with a key save on a penalty stroke from the Friars' Allyson Parker at the 23:26 mark, keeping the Liberty lead at 3-0.
Key Stats & Notes
Up Next Sunday's championship game between Liberty and Connecticut will commence at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. The match will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via the Fox Sports Go app. The winner of the contest will receive an automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.