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No. 20 Liberty Stays Unbeaten With 5-0 Shutout of Lafayette, Sunday

September 8, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Hosler scored her first goal of the year on Sunday.

Hosler scored her first goal of the year on Sunday.

The 20th-ranked Liberty field hockey team recorded its second shutout of the weekend, a dominant 5-0 win over the visiting Lafayette Leopards, Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Liberty improves to 3-0 on the season and has scored 13 goals so far and only allowed one goal. This is the second time in program history the Lady Flames have allowed one total goal over the first three games (other: 2013). Lafayette falls to 1-3 and has dropped its last three contests.

Freshman forward Daniella Rhodes led the Lady Flames with a pair of goals in the victory. Mallory Fortenbaugh, Alivia Klopp and Maddie Hosler also found the back of the cage for the home side. Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer, who set a new program record with her 10th career shutout in a 3-0 win over Richmond on Friday, notched another shutout on Sunday.

Scoring Summary
19' – LIBERTY – Mallory Fortenbaugh (unassisted)
28' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted)
33' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted)
35' – LIBERTY – Alivia Klopp (Charlotte Vaanhold)
42' – LIBERTY – Maddie Hosler (unassisted)

W: Allison Schaefer 3-0, one save
L: Sarah Park 1-3, nine saves  

Turning Point
Liberty took control of the game with three goals in less than seven minutes of action spanning the end of the second quarter and into the early stages of the third quarter. Leading 1-0, the Lady Flames stretched the lead to 2-0 just before halftime when Daniella Rhodes scored on a rebound of her shot at the 27:48 mark.

Early in the second half, Rhodes dribbled down the left side of the field into the circle and sent a shot into the right side of the cage, past Leopards goalkeeper Sarah Park. Rhodes third goal of 2019 made it 3-0 Liberty in the 33rd minute. Just over a minute later, forward Charlotte Vaanhold entered the right side of the circle and found Alivia Klopp in front of the goal (34:03) to bump the Liberty lead up to 4-0.


Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty outshot Lafayette 20-7, led by a game-best eight shots off the stick of Rhodes. Klopp and Jill Bolton each had three shots. Audrey Sawers led Lafayette with four shots in the game.
  • The Lady Flames put 14 shots on frame, compared to just one on the afternoon for the Leopards.
  • Liberty held a 5-4 edge in penalty corners.
  • Liberty is now 3-1 all-time against Lafayette and has beaten the Leopards each of the last two seasons while outscoring them a combined 8-1.
  • Maddie Hosler's goal in the 42nd minute was the second of her career. Prior to Sunday, her last goal came at home against Quinnipiac on Sept. 28, 2018.
  • Rhodes leads the team with nine points (3 g, 3 a), through three matches, followed by Klopp with seven points (3 g, 1 a).
  • Through three games, netminder Allison Schaefer is 3-0 with a 0.33 goals-against-average and a .889 save percentage.

Up Next
The Lady Flames will wrap up their four-game homestand to start the season when they host Yale (1-1), next Saturday. Match time is pegged for 1 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty and Yale met for the first time in 2017, a 1-0 overtime win for the Bulldogs in New Haven, Conn.