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Liberty Drops Season Opener at VCU

February 8, 2021  Richmond, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Drops Season Opener at VCU

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.

Scoring Summary

61' – VCU– Lyndsey Gutzmer (Assist by Samantha Jerabek)

88' – VCU– Samantha Jerabek (Penalty Kick)

Turning Point

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.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty had five newcomers in the starting lineup.
  • Liberty had eight freshmen see playing time in their first collegiate game.
  • Melody Jayroe made four saves on the 18 shots faced.
  • Lissi Gordon led Liberty with three shots.
  • Gordon and Meredith King were the only Liberty plays with more than one shot attempt.
  • VCU attempted 18 shots while Liberty attempted eight.
  • Eighteen players for Liberty saw playing time.

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."  

Up Next

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.