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    Liberty Beats Coastal Carolina 14-13 in Thriller

    Apr 10, 2021 | Lynchburg Va | Lacrosse

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    Liberty freshman Olivia Glaze scored the game-winning goal with 1:23 to play, lifting the Lady Flames to a thrilling 14-13 triumph over Coastal Carolina on Saturday at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

    In addition to Glaze's heroics, Liberty goalkeeper Jennifer Soriero preserved the victory by saving a Coastal Carolina free-position shot with three seconds remaining to prevent the game from going into overtime.

    The back-and-forth game between the former Big South and ASUN rivals saw Coastal Carolina take an 8-4 lead into the half and Liberty answer with a 7-1 run early in the second half to set the stage for a dramatic ending.

    Liberty moves above .500 (6-5) with the win. Coastal Carolina drops to 7-6 and has lost back-to-back games.

    Thoughts From Head Coach Kelly Nangle
    "We talked to the girls before the game about responding to adversity and how we think this team has consistently responded throughout the season. We did just that today in a big way. We didn't play very well in the first half, but we came out in the second half and executed our game plan. I couldn't be prouder of our girls for digging in and finding a way. This team is special, and we are just getting started."

    Scoring Summary
    Liberty Goals:
    Brooke Bryan 4, Jordan Sheive 3, Jordan Baerga 2, Mia Toscano 1, Olivia Glaze 1, Kim Hagerty 1, Andrea Colavito 1, Mackenzie Lehman 1
    Liberty Assists: Jordan Baerga 1, Jordan Sheive 1, Mia Toscano 1
    Coastal Carolina Goals: Kayla Downey 5, Avery Snyder 3, Samantha Courtemanche 2, Abbey Buchanan 1, Abi George 1, Avery Drouin 1
    Coastal Carolina Assists: Samantha Courtemanche 5, Abbey Buchanan 1, Megan Busch 1, Kayla Downey 1

    W: Jennifer Soriero 6-5, nine saves
    L: Claire Martell 7-6, 10 saves

    Turning Point
    With the game tied at 13-13, Liberty was assessed a yellow card with 4:14 to go. The Lady Flames defense rose to the occasion, preventing the Chanticleers from taking the lead during the two-minute penalty.

    With 1:27 left, Liberty's Jordan Baerga earned a free-position opportunity. Baerga's ensuing shot was blocked, but Glaze was there to collect the ground ball and fire a shot into the right side of the goal for a 14-13 Lady Flames lead with 1:23 remaining. Glaze's goal was her seventh of the year.

    Coastal Carolina's Anya McSorley won the next draw control, but Liberty's defense held firm for over a minute until the Chanticleers' Samantha Courtemanche drew a foul with 5.3 seconds on the clock. Courtemanche's low free-position shot was saved by Soriero, sealing the win for Liberty.

    First Half Summary
    • Liberty had more turnovers (12) than shots (10) in the opening 30 minutes, with several of those coming in the attacking end.
    • The Chanticleers scored two goals in the final 29 seconds of the opening frame to take an 8-4 lead into the break. Coastal Carolina's Abbey Buchanan made it a four-goal margin with her 12th goal of the season, coming with four seconds left.

    Second Half Summary
    • Liberty cut down on its turnovers in the second half, committing only six. The Lady Flames  attempted 22 of their 32 shots after the break, with top scorer Brooke Bryan leading the charge. • Bryan scored four goals in the first 10:10 of the second half, with her final one during that run giving Liberty a 10-9 edge.  
    • The Lady Flames twice held two-goal leads in the second half after goals from Mia Toscano (18:06 mark) and Jordan Baerga (10:51 mark). Baerga's goal, her second of the afternoon, made it 13-11 Liberty with 10:51 on the clock.
    • The Chanticleers evened the game at 13-all with markers from Avery Snyder and Courtemanche. However, Liberty's defensive unit held Coastal Carolina without a goal for the final 9:07.

    Key Stats & Notes
    • Liberty outshot Coastal Carolina 32-24 and had advantages in ground balls (21-11), caused turnovers (6-3) and clear percentage (.842-.600). The Chanticleers held a 16-13 edge in draw controls.
    • Lady Flames defender Alexa Evernham established a new career high with four ground balls in the contest.
    • Liberty freshman Jordan Sheive notched her third career hat trick in the game. The attacker leads all first-year Lady Flames with 15 goals.
    • Toscano paced Liberty with five draw controls and leads the team with 37 draw controls this season. McSorley had a game-high seven draw controls for Coastal Carolina.
    • The Lady Flames' Soriero made nine saves in the contest and shared game high honors with two caused turnovers.
    • Liberty attacker Kim Hagerty made her first career start today. The Milton, Ga., native scored one goal and shared the team lead with four ground balls.
    • Liberty has now won six of the nine all-time meetings with Coastal Carolina, including each of the last three games. Of the nine games between the two schools, six have been decided by just one goal.

    Up Next
    • Liberty's next game will be at No. 8 Duke (7-5), Tuesday evening. The Lady Flames and Blue Devils will square off at 5 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The contest can be seen on ACC Network Extra.
    • This will be the first-ever women's lacrosse contest between Liberty and Duke.