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Liberty Falls in Season Opener, 5-0

August 28, 2009  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Karen Blocker tallied eight saves for the Lady Flames.

Karen Blocker tallied eight saves for the Lady Flames.

The No. 14 Cavaliers of Virginia took a 5-0 season-opening victory over the Liberty Lady Flames, Friday night at Klockner Stadium.

The Cavaliers controlled play through the opening minutes of the contest, but the Lady Flames were able to put pressure on the Virginia goal in the fourth minute when a Maria Owen pass to Silvia Betancourt was broken up by Cavalier keeper Chantel Jones.

Virginia scored the first goal of the match at the 6:19 mark, when Meghan Lencyzk tapped in a cross from Lauren Alwine for an early 1-0 lead.

Play evened out at the 10 minute mark of the half, with the ball staying in the neutral zone between the penalty areas until Owen was able to break away off the left side to take a shot in the 12th minute. However, Jones was able to make the save to keep Virginia ahead on the scoreboard.

Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker stayed active in the first half with three saves, and her performance was highlighted by a stop off of a point-blank shot by Sinead Farrelly at 17:32.

The Lady Flames countered with pressure of its own on the Virginia defense, as Owen fired one on net at the 24:30 mark, but was blown offsides.

Virginia dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half, taking six shots as the clock wound down. Caroline Miller scored on a header from in close off a free kick from Julia Roberts at 34:38, and Jess Rostedt later netted her first goal of the year from 15 yards out on an assist from Miller in the 41st minute, sending the Cavaliers into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

The second half started much like the first, with Virginia taking control. Alwine pushed the lead to 4-0 at 46:51 when she scored on a crossing pass from Caroline Miller. Lindsey Miller also assisted on the play.

Freshman Lauren Stell took her first collegiate shot for the Lady Flames at the 53:49 mark, blasting a long ball from 20 yards out that sailed over the goal.

In the 71st minute, Kate Norbo added to the Virginia advantage with her first goal of the year, pushing the score to its final 5-0 margin.

Blocker concluded a solid night in goal for the Lady Flames by corralling a shot in close by Katie Starsia in the 86th minute.

Virginia outshot Liberty, 33-3, in the contest. Three Cavaliers had five shots apiece, while Owen led Liberty with two attempts, followed by Stell with one.

Virginia also led in corner kicks, 15-0.

In goal, Blocker made eight saves, while Virginia's Jones tallied two saves.

Liberty falls to 0-1 on the season, while Virginia improves to 1-1.

The Lady Flames are back in action Sunday afternoon when they travel to Johnson City, Tenn., to take on East Tennessee State. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.