ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Breitmeyer’s goal in the 74th minute propelled the Liberty Flames past the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 1-0, in a Big South men’s soccer match, Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
In a well-played defensive contest, Breitmeyer beat Bulldogs goalkeeper Dan Jackson with a tap in off a free kick by Tim Harbison at 73:38. The goal was the senior’s second of the year and gave the Flames a 1-0 advantage.
It was all Liberty need, as the Flames continue their solid defensive play. Liberty did not allow a Bulldog shot over the final 16 minutes and controlled play, en route to the victory.
Liberty moves to 1-2 in Big South play and 4-3 overall. The Flames have posted a shutout in each of their four victories this season. Asheville, playing their first conference game, drops to 0-1 in Big South action and 3-5 overall.
The visiting Flames held the advantage in shots in the first half, outshooting the Bulldogs, 7-3. Liberty also had two corner kicks to Asheville’s zero.
The Flames tested Jackson early. Liberty fired six unanswered shots over the first 18 minutes, forcing the Bulldog goalkeeper to make four saves.
Asheville counter attacked with two shots over the next three minutes, with neither finding net and sailing wide.
The half ended with a late shot from the Flames’ Tanner Wilcox during the 41st minute, which went wide.
Neither team found many quality scoring attempts during the first 25 minutes of the second half. An attempt by Liberty’s Victor Portillo compelled a save by Jackson during the 58th minute and later, a shot by Asheville’s Kenny Lingerfelt forced the first save of the contest by Flames’ keeper Scott Sutarik during the 64th minute.
After Harbison connected with Breitmeyer during the 74th minute for what proved to be the game-winning margin of 1-0, Liberty controlled play not allowing Asheville to attack.
During the 82nd minute, Breitmeyer put another shot on net, only to see Jackson make a save to keep the Bulldogs within one.
Less than two minutes later, Flames midfielder Jonatan Torres found space and ripped a shot off the post.
Liberty did not allow an Asheville shot over the final four minutes, sealing a 1-0 victory.
The Flames held a 15-8 advantage in shots and 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
Liberty goalkeeper Sutarik made two saves and recorded his third shutout of the year. Jackson recorded six saves for the Bulldogs.
Liberty continues on the road and in conference play, Tuesday night. The Flames will travel to High Point, N.C. for a match with the High Point Panthers. Match time at Vert Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.