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No. 22 Old Dominion Gives No. 15 Liberty First BIG EAST Loss, 3-2

October 11, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 22 Old Dominion proved opportunistic with its chances, scoring three second half goals to top No. 15 Liberty 3-2, Friday afternoon at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

The Monarchs scored three goals on their only three shots after halftime, getting a pair of markers from Tori Harwood and a penalty stroke goal from Rebecca Birch. Harwood's second goal of the day at 49:27 proved to be the game winner.

The Lady Flames' Alivia Klopp and Daniella Rhodes scored in the setback. This was Liberty's first BIG EAST loss of the season, as the Lady Flames drop to 3-1 in conference play. It was also Liberty's first home loss of 2019. The Lady Flames are now 5-1 at home, this season, and 7-3 overall following back-to-back losses for the first time since 2017.

ODU improves to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play with its first victory over Liberty since the 2016 season. The Monarchs take over second place in the league with the win, trailing only No. 3 UConn (4-0 BIG EAST).

Scoring Summary
23' – LIBERTY – Alivia Klopp (Charlotte Vaanhold)
36' – OLD DOMINION – Rebecca Birch (unassisted) | Penalty Stroke
39' – OLD DOMINION – Tori Harwood (Riley Taylor)
47' – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (Ashley Dykema) | Penalty Corner
50' – OLD DOMINION – Tori Harwood (Ashleigh Thomas)

W: Cam MacGillivray 7-4, eight saves
L: Allison Schaefer 7-3, two saves

Turning Point
After Liberty's Rhodes evened the match at 2-2 with a penalty corner goal early in the fourth period (46:09), her team-high ninth marker of the year, ODU responded with a goal to regain the lead. Harwood's second goal of the day came off a touch pass from Ashleigh Thomas towards the left post, which Harwood knocked into the back of the cage for the game winner in the 50th minute.

The Lady Flames drew one penalty corner in the closing stretch (54th minute), but their shot attempt was blocked. Rhodes also had a pair of shots saved by Monarchs goalkeeper Cam MacGillivray in the closing minutes. MacGillivray made eight stops to earn her seventh win of the year.


Key Stats & Notes

  • The Lady Flames led 1-0 at the half thanks to sophomore forward Alivia Klopp's sixth goal of the season. Klopp batted a crossing pass from Charlotte Vaanhold into the goal at the 22:29 mark.
  • Liberty outshot ODU 16-5 in the contest and also held a 6-1 edge in short corners.
  • The Lady Flames are 0-3 against ranked teams in 2019, losing each time by one goal. Liberty's last ranked win came at home over No. 11 Boston College (2-1 final) on Oct. 21, 2018.
  • Liberty suffered its first home loss since a 5-3 setback to Connecticut in the 2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship title game. This was also the Lady Flames' first conference regular season loss since a setback to UConn on Oct. 18, 2018.
  • Despite the loss, the Lady Flames still hold a 4-3 edge in the all-time series with the Monarchs.
  • Liberty entered Friday's contest as the national leader in goals-against-average (0.77) but surrendered a season-high three goals to ODU.


Up Next
Liberty will face another foe from the state of Virginia in Longwood (5-5) on Sunday. The two teams will square off at noon at Elizabeth Burger Jackson Field in Farmville, Va.