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    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.

    Scoring Summary
    17’ – LOUISVILLE – Mattie Tabor (unassisted)
    23’ – LOUISVILLE – Mackenzie Karl (unassisted)
    46’ – LIBERTY – Daniella Rhodes (unassisted)
    53’ – LOUISVILLE – Aimee Plumb (Mattie Tabor) | Penalty Corner

    Goalkeepers
    W: Mila de Kuijer 6-0, seven saves
    L: Azul Iritxity Irigoyen 3-2, seven saves

    Turning Point
    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.

    Up Next
    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.

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