Lynchburg, Va. - The Dayton Flyers scored the game’s lone goal during the 55th minute, edging the Liberty Flames, 1-0, Tuesday night in a non-conference match at Osborne Stadium.
Liberty drops to 4-4-1 on the season. Dayton, the defending Atlantic-10 champion, moves to 3-5-1. The Flyers have won two straight contests.
Each team fired six shots, two on goal, in an evenly played, scoreless first half. Both Liberty goalkeeper James Knoebel and Dayton goalkeeper Federico Barrios stopped each of the shots sent their way, as the game went to halftime scoreless.
The visiting Flyers took a 1-0 advantage early in the second half. Forward Kennedy Nwabia pushed a pass from the center of the 18-yard box to the left side for midfielder Rok Taneski. The Flyers’ leading scorer ripped a shot into the lower right corner for his third goal of the year and the lead at 54:29.
Liberty pushed an extra man forward during the last 10 minutes of regulation looking for the equalizer. A shot from midfielder Brady Mazzei from 20 yards out during the 88th minute, forced a diving save by Barrios to hold his team’s advantage.
Moments later, a Dayton foul gave Liberty a free kick near the left sideline from 25 yards out. Mazzei sent the kick across the front of the goal box, but no Flame was able to get a foot on it for a shot.
Dayton held a 12-11 edge in shots and a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Knoebel made four saves over the 90 minutes for Liberty. Barrios recorded three saves for Dayton.
Liberty, 1-0 in Big South Conference play, returns to league action, Saturday. The Flames will host the UNC Asheville Bulldogs with match time at Osborne Stadium scheduled for noon.
The match-up will be the first of two games at Osborne, Saturday. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Liberty Lady Flames will square off with Presbyterian in conference action. Match time is scheduled for 3 p.m.