HARRISONBURG, Va. – Jamie Foxwell scored the contest’s lone goal late in the second half, pushing the Liberty Flames to a 1-0 victory over the James Madison Dukes, Friday night at University Park.
In what became a defensive struggle, Liberty took advantage of a corner kick during the 84th minute to net the only goal of the evening. The corner kick by midfielder Geovanny Murrillo was headed down into the 18-yard box by Nico Bellarde, finding the foot of Foxwell. The senior ripped a shot into the top of the net for his first goal of the season and what proved to be the final score of 1-0.
With his third helper on the season, Murrillo ties fellow midfielder Kurt Meyers for the Big South and team lead in assists.
In an evenly played match, the host Dukes edged the Flames in shots, 9-8. Liberty held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Liberty defense records its second shutout of the season and in its last three matches.
Flames goalkeeper Jeremy Lee made two saves in the contest. Dukes goalkeeper Kyle Morton recorded three saves also.
With the win, Liberty moves to 4-3 on the year. The Flames have won three consecutive matches. James Madison falls to 0-5-1. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2004.
The first half went scoreless. James Madison outshot Liberty, 4-2, in the half. However, each team only had one shot on goal.
Lee handled a shot by the Dukes’ Billy Metzler during the sixth. During the 43rd minute, Liberty forced a save by Morton on a corner kick. Murrillo’s kick found midfielder Khalil Karl for a shot, which Morton handled.
In the second half, tight defensive play continued, keeping the game scoreless until the 84th minute. Liberty looked to take the lead during the 83rd minute off a corner kick, but a shot off the corner kick by forward Sachem Wilson was pushed away from the net and out over the end line by Morton for another corner kick for the Flames.
On the ensuing corner, Foxwell found the net, as Liberty went on to win, 1-0.
With victories in the first two contests of a three-game road swing, Liberty will next travel to Johnson City, Tenn., for a match at East Tennessee State, Tuesday. Kickoff at Summers-Taylor Stadium is scheduled for 5 p.m.