No. 11 Liberty Drops 3-1 Decision at No. 6 Louisville
The 11th-ranked Liberty field hockey squad dropped a 3-1 decision to the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals, Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
Louisville stays unbeaten and improves to 6-0 on the season following a 2-0 weekend. Liberty slips to 3-2 after back-to-back losses against top-10 foes this week in No. 5 Northwestern and No. 6 Louisville.
Lady Flames junior forward Daniella Rhodes scored the lone goal of the afternoon for the visitors. Today’s game was the first meeting between the two schools in six years.
17’ – LOUISVILLE – Mattie Tabor (unassisted)
23’ – LOUISVILLE – Mackenzie Karl (unassisted)
46’ – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted)
53’ – LOUISVILLE – Aimee Plumb (Mattie Tabor) | Penalty Corner
W: Mila de Kuijer 6-0, seven saves
L: Azul Iritxity Irigoyen 3-2, seven saves
Rhodes put Liberty on the board early in the fourth quarter, her fifth goal of the fall, trimming the Louisville lead to 2-1 at the 45:33 mark. Looking for the equalizer, the Lady Flames continued applying pressure and drew penalty corners in the 49th and 50th minutes. On those chances, Jodie Conolly’s shot was blocked by a Louisville defender, and Lizzie Hamlett sent a shot wide.
The Cardinals’ Aimee Plumb found the back of the cage a few minutes later in the 53rd minute. The Louisville sophomore’s first goal of the season, assisted by Mattie Tabor, pushed the home lead to 3-1.
Key Stats & Notes
• Liberty outshot Louisville 12-11 in the contest, including a 10-5 edge in the second half. Both teams earned four penalty corners and made seven saves apiece. The Cardinals held a 10-8 edge in shots on frame.
• Rhodes and Jill Bolton led the charge with three shots each. Eight different Louisville players attempted shots, paced by two shots each from Plumb, Erica Cooper and Filippa Niebuhr.
• Rhodes’ goal was the 34th of her career in her 39th career contest.
• The Liberty offense came into the match averaging 4.50 goals per game before being held to a season low one goal today.
• Liberty falls to 1-2 all-time against Louisville.
• The Lady Flames are 1-2 against ranked competition this season. Liberty owns a top-25 victory over No. 25 Stanford.
Liberty will open BIG EAST Conference play at Georgetown, Friday. Game time between the Lady Flames and Hoyas (2-3) is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C.
Liberty and Georgetown are meeting for the eighth time ever and fifth time in BIG EAST competition. The Lady Flames are 7-0 all-time versus the Hoyas and 4-0 in BIG EAST games between 2016-19. In those four league games, Liberty has outscored Georgetown 17-1. The two teams last met on Oct. 18, 2019, a 4-0 triumph for Liberty. The Hoyas did not compete during the spring 2021 campaign.