Liberty Edges Women's Soccer in Big South Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Presbyterian College women’s soccer team’s record-setting season came to an end on Sunday with a 1-0 road loss to the second-seeded Liberty Flames in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting.
PC ends its year with a 9-9-0 overall record, the most wins in a season since 2003. Liberty improves to 14-5-1 and will face No. 6 High Point on Friday at 7 p.m. in Conway, S.C.
The game’s only goal came 2:17 before halftime. Liberty's Brittany Aanderud sent in a pass from the right side that slid through to goal box to Crystal Elmers, who tucked the chance away to give the Flames the deciding score.
Sara Simpson (Columbia, S.C.) and Kelly Kozera (Rome, Ga.) each tallied a shot on goal for the Blue Hose. Simpson delivered PC’s best chance of the afternoon in the 42nd minute. A through ball sprung Simpson past the Liberty back line and the senior forward found herself sprinting to the Liberty goal. Simpson fired a clear shot from the top of the goal box but a diving Holly Van Noord pushed the ball away to keep out a certain score.
PC senior goalkeeper Jordan Broadway (Chapin, S.C.) made one save in the first half before sophomore Sydney Fontenot (Austin, Texas) entered at the half. Fontenot stopped five shots in the final 45 minutes and did not allow a goal, standing tall during several goal-mouth scrambles and making several impressive saves.
A foul gave the Blue Hose another scoring opportunity in the final minute of the game. Stephanie Allen (Augusta, Ga.) took the free kick 10 yards inside midfield but the Flames were able to push the ball away from danger as time expired.
The Blue Hose finished the season with 24 goals scored and 21 goals allowed, the best marks since the 2007 season. Tori Lopez’s (Snellville, Ga.) eight goals also mark a Division I best for the program.