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Liberty Blanks Niagara 3-0

September 7, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Flames sailed by the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles 3-0, Friday night at Osborne Stadium.

The Flames held possession for most of the night, outshooting the Purple Eagles, 16-4. Shalom Dutey put Liberty on the scoreboard in the first half, and Tresor Mbuyu netted two goals in the second half for the Flames.

Liberty moves to 3-2 on the season. The victory snaps a two-game losing skid. Niagara drops to 1-4.

Scoring Summary
23' – Shalom Dutey (assisted by Kevin Mendoza)
50' – Tresor Mbuyu (assisted by Shaun Stocker)
65' – Tresor Mbuyu (assisted by Bobby Bynum, Kevin Mendoza)

Turning Point
Up 1-0 early in the second half, midfielder Shaun Stocker lofted a long pass from midfield into the left side of the 18-yard box for Mbuyu. The forward settled it at his feet and scored during the 50th minute to put the Flames up 2-0.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Friday night's match was the first ever meeting between Liberty and Niagara.
  • Liberty is 2-0 at Osborne Stadium in 2018.
  • The Flames outshot the Purple Eagles, 10-1, in the first half.
  • Dutey's goal was his first goal of the season and the defender's second of his career.
  • For the second time this season, Mbuyu posted a multiple-goal contest. Previously, the senior forward netted three goals in a 5-0 win at VMI.  He now leads Liberty with five goals.
  • Midfielder Kevin Mendoza recorded two assists on the night. Off a free kick, he found Dutey for the marker in the first. Later, he had a helper on Mbuyu's second goal.
  • James Knoebel received his first start of 2018 in goal for the Flames. The goalkeeper made two saves in recording Liberty's second shutout of the year.
  • 20 players saw action for Liberty in the shutout.

Up Next
Liberty welcomes the Manhattan Jaspers to Osborne Stadium on Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.