Behind two goals from Sarah Davis and another from Amy Oberlin, the Liberty Lady Flames defeated the Longwood Lancers, 3-2, Monday night at Liberty Soccer Field.
The Lady Flames scored first when Oberlin (Fr., MF, Ada, Mich.) took a shot at the goal in the 14th minute from 30 yards out on the left side, and the ball took a nasty bounce past Longwood keeper Heather Storrie. For Oberlin, the goal was the third of the season.
Liberty scored again in the 29th minute when a beautiful cross from Kristin Faxon (Jr.,F, Chester, N.H.) found the forehead of Davis (Sr., MF, Modesto, Calif.), advancing Liberty's lead to 2-0.
It wasn't until the 44th minute that the Lancers found the scoreboard, putting the ball into the back of the net in the midst of a scrum in front of the goal. Brooke Brumby knocked the ball in from five yards away for her second goal of the season.
Longwood scored again after the half in the 65th minute as Melissa Cary netted her first goal of the season on a free kick from the left side of the goal, tying the game at 2-2.
But the Lady Flames would not break in the affair as Davis got her second goal of the night and third of the season by way of another header. The assist was credited to Alaina Hohnarth (Jr., MF,Hamburg, N.J.), who placed the ball well from the corner kick to the front of the net. The goal would prove to be the deciding one as the Lady Flames wrapped up the 3-2 victory.
"A win is a win for us at this stage," said Lady Flames head coach James Price. "Of course, we'd like to make the little improvements that would give us a shutout or get us more goals, but I'm happy tonight to get the win."
"Longwood is a tough team, and they gave us everything they had tonight," continued Price. "We gave a very complete team effort and it is hard to single out anyone performance tonight. We played a lot of girls, and many of them out of position. I am pleased that we're moving forward and have set ourselves up nicely for the start of conference play."
Indeed Liberty begins its conference slate with a trip to Charleston, S.C., and a match with the Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers, who have already opened their conference schedule with two victories over VMI and UNC-Asheville. The Lady Flames will depart Friday morning for the Saturday match, which is set to begin at 11 a.m.
"We've got to be ready from the start on Saturday," Price looked ahead after Monday night's win. "Our girls must realize that this is what we're really playing for. In this conference, every game will be a hard-fought one."