ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Liberty got goals from three different players en route to a 3-0 Big South Conference victory over homestanding UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon on a cold and windy day at Greenwood Field.
The Flames (8-6-1, 3-4-1 BSC) shook off a sluggish first half to score two goals early in the second half and record the win over the Bulldogs (3-11-2, 2-5-1 BSC).
Asheville fired 16 shots but could not dent Liberty goalkeeper Scott Sutarik. The Flame net-minder stopped six Bulldog shots.
Asheville controlled the early part of the match and had the first four shots of the game. The Bulldogs were called for a foul in the 17th minute and Liberty struck for an opening goal.
Uriah Bentick had a direct kick from 20 yards out. He connected on the shot to give Liberty a 1-0 lead at 17:06.
The Bulldogs continued to dominate play and has some shots but could not get the ball in the back of the net. Rob May had two shots that were blocked by Liberty defenders.
At intermission, Asheville had a 6-3 edge in shots and had six corner kicks to two for Liberty.
The Flames struck quickly in the second half. Darren Amoo tallied his fourth goal of the year off assists from Richard Nyarko and Alex Verville at 45:48 as LU led 2-0.
Juan F. Nino tallied his second goal of the year off a feed from Zack Clark at 56:10 to push the lead to 3-0.
The Bulldogs dominated much of the final 30 minutes. Jake Hagedorn just missed scoring midway through the half as he took a pass from David Parra in the goal-mouth but Sutarik made the save just as the ball was going into the net.
Asheville finished with a 16-10 advantage in shots and 9-5 edge in corner kicks. Asheville goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen made three saves for the home team,The Bulldogs finish the regular-season at home next Saturday afternoon when they host Presbyterian College at 2 p.m.