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No. 23 Hokies Score 16 Unanswered Goals to Take Down Lady Flames, Saturday

February 15, 2020  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty fell to No. 23 Virginia Tech on the road, Saturday in Blacksburg.

Liberty fell to No. 23 Virginia Tech on the road, Saturday in Blacksburg.

No. 23 Virginia Tech used a 16-0 run to top the visiting Liberty Lady Flames 20-5, Saturday afternoon at the Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility.

The Lady Flames drop to 0-2 on the season following the setback, with both losses coming on the road. The Hokies improve to 2-1 on the year and are 2-0 on their home turf.

Virginia Tech's Paige Petty (seven goals) and Emma Crooks (six goals) scored 13 of the host's 20 goals in the match. Liberty junior attacker Anna Keebler paced the Lady Flames attack with her sixth and seventh goals of the season.

Scoring Summary
Liberty Goals: Anna Keebler 2, Carly White 1, Mia Toscano 1, Grace Fletcher 1
Liberty Assists: None
Virginia Tech Goals: Paige Petty 7, Emma Crooks 6, Kayla Frank 2, Jacelyn Lazore 2, Sarah Lubnow 1, Taylor Caskey 1, Grace Nelson 1
Virginia Tech Assists: Kayla Frank 2, Paige Petty 2, Julia Bolte 1, Emma Crooks 1, Sara Goodwin 1, Jacelyn Lazore 1, Sarah Lubnow 1

W: Angie Benson 2-1, five saves
L: Aubrie Tarris 0-1, six saves

Turning Point
After Liberty junior midfielder Mia Toscano's goal trimmed the Hokies' lead to a goal (4-3) with 13:26 to go in the opening half, Virginia Tech scored 16 unanswered goals. The Hokies' 16-0 run spanned the last 13:26 of the first half and lasted until the Lady Flames' Grace Fletcher scored with 2:01 remaining in the game. Liberty was held without a goal for 41:25 during that stretch.

First Half Summary
• Liberty took an early 1-0 lead when senior captain Carly White scored for the fourth time this year with just over two-and-a-half minutes in (27:25 mark). The Hokies' Petty (two goals), Crooks (one goal) and Lubnow tallied goals over the next 12-plus minutes, giving the hosts a 4-2 lead with 14:36 to go.
• Following Toscano's goal (13:26 mark), Virginia Tech closed the half on an 8-0 run to take a 12-3 edge into the locker room. Crooks score four times in the span.
• The Hokies outshot the Lady Flames 20-8 in the opening 30 minutes.

Second Half Summary
• Virginia Tech scored the first eight goals of the second stanza, capped by Jacelyn Lazore's second goal of the afternoon to make it 20-3 with 3:25 remaining.
• Lady Flames sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero played the final 20:40, making a pair of saves while surrendering three markers.

Key Stats & Notes
• Virginia Tech held a 33-15 edge in shots, putting 28 shots on frame compared to just 10 for the Lady Flames. The Hokies also had advantages in ground balls (28-21), draw controls (15-12), free-position goals (4-0) and caused turnovers (6-5).
• Liberty struggled on its clear attempts, converting only 52.9 percent (9-of-17) of those chances. Conversely, Virginia Tech was 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) in the clear.
• Liberty senior defender Molly Blake generated a game-high and career-high four caused turnovers in the game.
• Lady Flames redshirt senior goalkeeper Aubrie Tarris made her first start in goal since April 14, 2018 versus Winthrop. The Sewickley, Pa., native made six stops, her most in a game since making seven saves in an 11-7 Liberty home win over William & Mary, March 28, 2018. Tarris led all players with a game-high six ground balls.
• Virginia Tech improves to 8-0 all-time against Liberty.
• Liberty freshman Hannah Davis recorded her first career draw control in the contest. Fellow newcomer Delainey Iles saw the first action of her collegiate career.
• A total of 23 Lady Flames saw playing time on Saturday. Defenders Paige Rhoderick and Alexa Evernham made their first appearances of the season, as did attacker Brooke Bryan and midfielder Lizzy Ferguson.

Up Next
• The Lady Flames will host their home opener, Wednesday against the Furman Paladins (2-0). First draw from the Liberty Lacrosse Field is slated for 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. 
• The two teams met for the first time in 2019. Liberty bested Furman 14-10 at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C.