LYNCHBURG, Va. – Stepping onto the Osborne Stadium field for the first time in 2013, the Liberty women’s soccer team defeated Old Dominion, 2-0, Friday afternoon. The victory marks the Lady Flames first win of the season and the second straight over the Lady Monarchs.
Liberty posted two goals in the second half, with forwards Megan Warner and Crystal Elmers finding the back of the net for the Lady Flames. Alanna Dunkle was credited with both assists.
In the opening period, Liberty outshot Old Dominion, 11-1, while holding a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks. Old Dominion goalkeeper Meredith Lenox made three saves during the 45-minute span on shots by Jaime Bouffard, Rebecca Smith and Rebekah Page.
With 30 seconds remaining in the period, Dunkle attempted a shot that was blocked by the Old Dominion defense, leading to the halftime stalemate.
Liberty lit up the scoreboard in the 68th minute. After Dunkle pushed the ball into open space, Warner collected it in stride and moved forward, launching shot just inside the 18-yard box. The ball sailed into the center of the net, giving Warner her first marker of the season and the third goal of her Liberty career.
Elmers concluded Liberty’s scoring on the afternoon in the 88th minute. Dunkle again contributed on the play, picking up the ball on the right side of field and sending a crossing pass over to the far post. Elmers was there to receive the pass, tapping it into the back of the net for the 2-0 final. The sophomore’s goal was her first on the year and third of her collegiate career.
Liberty outshot Old Dominion on the afternoon, 15-2, and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Lenox played the entire 90 minutes in between the posts for the Lady Monarchs, making four saves. Coming off a 13-save performance, Lady Flames goalkeeper Holly VanNoord also played the entire contest, earning her first collegiate shutout.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium, Sunday, playing host to American. After besting the Eagles 2-0, last year, the Lady Flames look to take the advantage in the all-time series (1-1). Game time is slated for 1 p.m.