Lynchburg, Va. (October 31, 2008) - After losing only two contests in its last seven matches, the ETSU women's soccer team dropped its final regular season contest at Liberty 3-1, Friday night in Lynchburg, Va. With the loss ETSU falls to 7-9-1 overall and 5-4-1 in A-Sun action, while Liberty improves to 3-12-2 and 2-6-1 in Big South play.
"With it being Liberty's senior night, their team came out with a lot of emotion and intensity in the first half," said head coach Heather Henson. "Our team got caught off guard early and we needed to play more of our style in a fast pace match tonight."
Liberty opened the scoring midway through the first half as Ashley Braam tipped in a crossing pass from teammate Rachel Michener giving the Flames an early one goal lead in the 30th minute.
Ten minutes later the Flames would add their second goal of the half, as Owen Liberty drove past two Buc defenders, firing home her seventh goal of the season.
However, ETSU would not go out quietly in the opening half as sophomore forward Terri Miller (Cape Coral, Fla.) picked up a Flames' loss ball firing home her second goal of the season as time expired.
As the second half opened play both squads batted for possession. Then in the 67th minute Liberty would take advantage of an ETSU foul as Rachel Michener drove the direct free kick into the Flames offensive zone, where Amy Oberlin headed home her eight goal of the season.
"Terri's (Miller) shot really gave us some momentum as we ended the first half," said Henson. "In the second half I thought our team played with a lot more patience. Our forwards and midfielders did a better job finding feet and not rushing our offense. Unfortunately, we couldn't convert our opportunities when we needed to. Overall, I was proud of how our girls played hard and really came together and played like we are capable of the last part of the match. Now we need to take that and build on it as we headed into the postseason tournament next week."
Now with the regular season over ETSU will head to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, November 5-8 in Kennesaw, Ga. This marks the fourth consecutive season that the Bucs have made the A-Sun tournament. Last season ETSU defeated Stetson 2-1, before dropping to eventual champion Kennesaw State in the semifinals.