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No. 13 Liberty Opens BIG EAST Play with 4-0 Shutout at Temple

September 20, 2019  Philadelphia, Pa.  RSS
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Liberty topped Temple 4-0 on Friday in its BIG EAST opener.

Liberty topped Temple 4-0 on Friday in its BIG EAST opener.

The 13th-ranked Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team shut out host Temple 4-0 in its BIG EAST opener, Friday afternoon at Howarth Field.

Liberty's third shutout of 2019 bring its record to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference. Meanwhile, Temple drops to 3-2 and 0-1 in the BIG EAST. The Lady Flames have won their first five games of the year for the second time in program history. Liberty opened the 2015 season with five straight wins as well.

The Lady Flames once again used a well-balanced attack to take down Temple with four different goal scorers: Charlotte Vaanhold, Lizzie Hamlett, Jill Bolton and Daniella Rhodes. Liberty has featured four or more different goal scorers in four of its five games this season.

Scoring Summary
15' – LIBERTY – Charlotte Vaanhold (Ashley Dykema) | Penalty Corner
19' – LIBERTY – Lizzie Hamlett (Daniella Rhodes) | Penalty Corner
30' – LIBERTY – Jill Bolton (Alivia Klopp)
47' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted)

W: Allison Schaefer 5-0, one save
L: Cristin Carotenuto 3-2, four saves

Turning Point
Liberty took control of the contest at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second period. The Lady Flames drew two straight penalty corners late in the first, cashing in on the second opportunity. Mallory Fortenbaugh sent an insertion to Kendra Jones, who swung a pass over Ashley Dykema. Dykema swept the ball towards the cage, which Charlotte Vaanhold redirected into the cage at the 14:47 mark for her first goal of the season to give Liberty a 1-0 lead heading to the second quarter.

Three minutes into the second period, Lizzie Hamlett doubled the Lady Flames' lead with a short corner redirect goal. Hamlett's third marker of the season was followed by a Jill Bolton goal, her fourth of the year, right before halftime (29:42 mark). Liberty took a 3-0 lead into the locker room and led 5-1 in penalty corners at the break.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty is now 4-0 all-time in BIG EAST openers since joining the league in 2016.
  • The Lady Flames are now 5-1 all-time against the Owls. In four all-time BIG EAST meetings, Liberty has outscored Temple 25-4.
  • Senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer notched her 12th career shutout, recording one save in the contest. Two season ago, she set a new program record with her 227th career save in a game at Temple (Oct. 27, 2017). Schaefer is 5-0 with a 0.60 goals-against-average in 2019.
  • Liberty outshot Temple 16-4 and matched a season high with seven penalty corners. The Owls only managed two short corners.
  • Liberty has outscored its opponents 21-3 in five matches, this year.


Up Next
Liberty will head to Wake Forest for a Sunday showdown against the 18th-ranked Demon Deacons (1-4). The contest will begin at 1 p.m. at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.