Flames Make Marvelous Comeback to Earn Spot in Championship Final, 3-1

Flames Make Marvelous Comeback to Earn Spot in Championship Final, 3-1

The Basics
#1 Liberty 3, #5 Eastern Kentucky 1 (Liberty Advances)
Records: Liberty (14-3-3) | Eastern Kentucky (9-7-2) 
 Osborne Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – No. 1 Liberty was able to overcome an early 1-0 deficit against No. 5 Eastern Kentucky in the ASUN Conference Women's Soccer Championship Semifinals and pour in three-straight goals to protect its home field, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. Chloe Marr found the back of the net twice in less than a minute (32:16, 33:07) to help the team regain momentum and punch its ticket to the ASUN Championship Final for the second time in three seasons. The Flames host the championship final which takes place on Friday, Nov. 4, against the winner of #2 FGCU at 6 PM ET on ESPN+.

The Colonels (9-7-2) were able to get on the board first after Gretta Gunn found the bottom right in the sixth minute. EKU seemed to have control of the match until ASUN Coach of the Year Lang Wedemeyer made numerous changes to his lineup. From there, the Flames were able to put more pressure on the opposition and head to halftime with a 2-1 lead. The shift in momentum continued into the final period as the Colonels couldn't get the shots they wanted and Liberty got a much-needed insurance score from Rachel DeRuby at 62:59.

The Flames had a shot advantage of 11-6 and led in corner kick opportunities, 4-0.

Key Notes
- Liberty (14-3-3) was able to come from behind against EKU and earn its spot in the championship final for the second time (Spring 2021)
Chloe Marr found the back of the net twice in less than a minute to turn the outcome around; Rachel DeRuby also scored for the Flames
- Liberty continues to roll in 2022 as the club has now recorded its 12th-straight matchup without a loss heading into action on Friday, Nov. 4

Up Next 
#1 Liberty advances to the ASUN Championship Final on Friday, Nov. 4, to face the winner of #2 FGCU at 6 PM ET on ESPN+. Eastern Kentucky falls to 9-7-2 as its run in the conference tournament concludes. 

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