In its season opener Liberty traveled to Richmond, Va. to take on VCU. The Lady Flames battled the Rams, but two second half goals proved to be the difference as Liberty fell to VCU, 2-0.
61' – VCU– Lyndsey Gutzmer (Assist by Samantha Jerabek)
88' – VCU– Samantha Jerabek (Penalty Kick)
Liberty was inches from taking a 1-0 lead 16 minutes into the game, when Lissi Gordon's shot inside the box hit the post. After an even match throughout the first half, VCU opened up the scoring in the 61st minute off a header in the box from Lyndsey Gutzmer. After Liberty controlled possession for most of the first half, VCU was able to flip the script and control possession including 10 shots, while holding Liberty to just two shot attempts. VCU sealed the win in the final minutes of the contest with a Samantha Jerabek penalty kick.
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Thoughts from Head Coach Lang Wedemeyer
"I thought we played hard in the first half, but lost some momentum in the second (half) and struggled to really find any rhythm. We had our chances but it is going to take some time for this young team to gel."
Liberty will wrap up this week's play on Sunday, Feb. 14, when the Lady Flames travel to Farmville, Va. to take on Longwood. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Longwood Athletics Complex.
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