WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Junior Melanie Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) and senior Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort) each had shots blocked on a penalty corner opportunity with time expired as Liberty University (4-2) held off the Monmouth University (1-5) field hockey team, 1-0, Friday afternoon on So Sweet A Cat Field.
“Credit Liberty as they played a good game today,” said head coach Carli Figlio. “We need to be able to be more aggressive from the first whistle. We are going to work hard so that way we can be aggressive from the start on Sunday.”
MU’s junior goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) made two of her three first half saves from point blank range to keep the Flames off the board within the first 15 minutes. Liberty’s keeper, Ann Jefferis, snubbed Alex Carroll’s (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) hard shot off her pads with three minutes left in the first half to allow the game to enter halftime scoreless.
The Flames broke the ice in the 39th minute when Natalie Barr took a loose ball in the circle and sent it towards cage, which hopped up and over Westerweller for the game’s lone goal.
Westerweller registered a career-high 10 saves, erasing her previous mark of nine set at Michigan State earlier this season, while Ali Askinas (West Chester, Pa./B Reed Henderson) and Carroll each had a defensive save to their credit. Jefferis made two saves for her second shutout of the year.
Liberty outshot the Blue and White, 21-8, and held an 11-7 advantage on penalty corners.
Monmouth concludes a three game home stand on Sunday as it hosts Towson at noon.
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