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No. 6 Virginia Scores Late Goal to Get Past No. 17 Liberty 1-0

October 28, 2019  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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No. 17 Liberty fell 1-0 at No. 6 Virginia on Monday night.

No. 17 Liberty fell 1-0 at No. 6 Virginia on Monday night.

Virginia freshman forward Laura Janssen broke a scoreless tie with the game-winning goal in the 58th minute to propel the sixth-ranked Cavaliers to a 1-0 triumph over the 17th-ranked Liberty Lady Flames, Monday evening at Turf Field.

Virginia improves to 14-3 on the year and has now won six straight matches overall. Liberty falls to 9-6 in 2019 and has lost three straight games.

Scoring Summary
58' – VIRGINIA – Laura Janssen (Peyton Tollaksen)

W: Lauren Hausheer 14-3, one save
L: Allison Schaefer 9-6, two saves

Turning Point
The home side broke through with less than three minutes to play to secure the victory. With the ball in the Liberty circle, several Cavaliers crashed toward the goal cage, with sophomore Peyton Tollaksen ultimately finding Janssen in front of the cage. Janssen tapped a shot into the back of the cage with 2:28 remaining for her sixth goal of the year and third-game winning marker.

Virginia held off the Lady Flames' comeback efforts in the closing minutes and also held Liberty without a shot in the fourth quarter. Liberty drew a pair of penalty corners to close the third quarter but did not convert.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Virginia outshot Liberty 14-6 in the match and held a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. The Cavaliers also drew eight penalty corners, compared to four for the Lady Flames.
  • Both teams made one defensive save in the contest. The Cavaliers' Colleen Norair made one in the first quarter. The Lady Flames' Jill Bolton batted a penalty corner shot out of the air that nearly went in the cage early in the second period. The defensive save was Liberty's first of the season and Bolton's fourth of her career.
  • Liberty is now 0-6 against ranked opponents in 2019, losing five of those games by one goal.
  • This is the second time this season that the Lady Flames have been shut out. The other instance was a 1-0 setback at No. 18 Wake Forest, Sept. 22.
  • Liberty is now 4-4 on the road following the loss. The Lady Flames are 5-2 at home, this season.
  • Virginia improves to 5-1 all-time against Liberty. The Lady Flames defeated the Cavaliers for the first time in 2018.

Up Next
The Lady Flames will close out regular season play with a pair of home games, this weekend. Liberty will first take on BIG EAST foe No. 25 Providence (12-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. The winner of that match will earn the No. 3 seed for the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, while the loser will receive the No. 4 seed.

Sunday is Senior Day for the Liberty field hockey program. Liberty will host No. 4 Duke (12-5) at 1 p.m. and will honor its senior class with a special ceremony prior to the start of the contest.