Liberty women’s soccer drops OT thriller in season opener

liberty baseballLiberty looked like it would come away with the win in its season opener, but with 15 seconds left in regulation, Elon converted a penalty kick that sent the match into overtime, where the Phoenix would eventually win 5-4.

Scoring Summary

21’ – ELON – Taylor Paradoski (Assist by Kara Kimberl)

25’ – LIBERTY – Devon Sipala (Assist by Lauren Weygandt)

28’ – LIBERTY – Elisa Warren (Assist by Gabrielle Farrell)

33’ – ELON – Hannah Doherty (Unassisted)

58’ – LIBERTY – Gabrielle Farrell (Unassisted)

65’ – LIBERTY – Own Goal

79’ – ELON – Taylor Paradoski (Assist by Hannah Doherty and Laura Mitchell)

99’ – ELON – Olivia Kraebel (Penalty Kick)

97’ – ELON – Taylor Paradoski (Assist by Hannah Doherty)

Turning Point

Both teams were on the attack offensively in the first half combing for four goals off 14 shots with eight on target. After Liberty scored its fourth goal in the 65th minute to take a 4-2 lead, Elon was able to respond with three goals in the last 32 minutes of the game attempting 10 shots during that span.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Liberty scored four goals, the most the program has scored in a season opener since 2001 (5-0 vs. Stetson).

  • Liberty had 17 shots with 11 on goal led by Gabrielle Farrell and Kayleigh Kardos with four shots each.

  • Farrell recorded a team-high three points with a goal and an assist on the night.

  • Elisa Warren scored her first career goal in the 28th minute of the game.

  • The Lady Flames played 18 players incuding four freshmen in Kelsey Adams, Madison Ellis, Zoey Gaffney and Kasey Jamieson.

  • Elon’s Taylor Paradoski recorded a hat trick while Hannah Doherty posted four points with a goal and two assists.

Up Next

Liberty will close out the first week of the season at Osborne Stadium. The Lady Flames will host George Washington on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m.

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