LEXINGTON, Va. -- A three-goal second half doomed the VIrginia Military Institute men’s soccer team, which fell 5-0 at Patchin Field against visiting Liberty University Tuesday afternoon. The Flames struck twice in the first half on a pair of Tim Harbison goals.
Harbison scored a pair of first-half goals, including a penalty kick in the 24th minute. VMI keeper Alex Guerra slide out to challenge a ball, taking out a Liberty player along the way. Harbison converted to put Liberty up 1-0. He added his second goal of the day in the 40th minute, taking a shot from the top of the box that deflected off of a VMI player. Jovanni Chavez was credited with the assist.
Three different players scored for Liberty (2-0-0) in the second half; Sachem Wilson in the 55th minute on a Troy Reeves assist, Jamie Foxwell in the 71st with double assists to Khalil Karl and Jovanni Chavez. Alan Arellano had the final goal of the game, scoring a loose ball in the 85th minute.
Liberty out-shot VMI 26-8, putting 11 shots on goal. VMI’s Guerra made six saves on the day, stopping three shots in each half. Flame keeper Scott Sutarik made two saves in the game. The Keydets (0-2-0) managed two corner kicks, one in each half, while Liberty took seven in the game.
Wilson led the game in shooting, taking six attempts. Habison, Kurtz, Foxwell and Victor Portillo took three each. Alex Hartman took two shots for VMI, while six other Keydets took one apiece. Hartman put one attempt on frame.
Four yellow cards were issued during the match, one against Liberty’s Blessing Tahouna in the 17th minute, followed by Guerra’s in the 24th. VMI’s brotherly duo of Brandon and Alex Hartman each took a yellow, Brandon in the 44th minute and Alex’s in the 74th.
For a third straight game, the Keydets take on a Big South Conference opponent as they hit the road for the first time in 2014. VMI heads to UNC Asheville on Friday for a 3 p.m. clash with the Bulldogs at Greenwood Soccer Field.