Goalkeeper Brogan Engbers
The Liberty Flames overcame an early goal by the Radford Highlanders and then used a solid defensive effort for a 2-1 victory in the season opener for both teams at Cupp Stadium, Friday evening.
Trailing 1-0, Liberty midfielders Jordan Barbara and Sebastian Valdez each netted a goal during the final 25 minutes of the opening half for a 2-1 advantage in Liberty head coach Kelly Findley's debut with the Flames. Goalkeeper Brogan Engbers provided solid play in net, stopping five shots.
Liberty moves to 1-0. Radford drops to 0-1.
Scoring Summary 16' – RAD – Amadou Macky Diop (Assisted by Pape Oumar Gueye) 30' – LIBERTY – Jordan Barbara (penalty kick) 43' – LIBERTY – Sebastian Valdez (unassisted)
Turning Point With the Flames up 2-1 early in the second half, the host Highlanders garnered a penalty shot opportunity during the 52nd minute. Pape Omar Gueye's attempt hit the right post and bounded away. Later in the half, Liberty goalkeeper Engbers stretched out and made a diving save of a shot attempt on a Radford breakout during the 77th minute to hold the Flames lead.
Thoughts from Head Coach Kelly Findley "I was most pleased with our resilience. We go down a goal on the road and then came back to score two goals. We defended really well and Brogan [Engbers] was tremendous."
Postgame comments from head coach Kelly Findley on tonight's season-opening victory #RiseWithUs #ASUNMSoc pic.twitter.com/Chgb9FdWQ3 — Liberty Men's Soccer (@LibertySoccer) August 31, 2019
Postgame comments from head coach Kelly Findley on tonight's season-opening victory #RiseWithUs #ASUNMSoc pic.twitter.com/Chgb9FdWQ3
Key Stats & Notes
Up Next Liberty welcomes the Incarnate Word Cardinals to Osborne Stadium for its home opener, Sunday. Kickoff is schedule for 6 p.m. The contest will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.