KENNESAW, Ga. – For the first time since joining the ASUN Conference, the Liberty women’s soccer program is crowned ASUN Champions, defeating Kennesaw State, 1-0, in an overtime thriller Saturday afternoon at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Liberty is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. Liberty’s Cora Duininck was named the ASUN Tournament MVP and joining Duininck on the ASUN All-Tournament Team is McKinley Burkett, Melody Jayroe and Meredith King.
100’ – LIBERTY – McKinley Burkett (Penalty Kick)
Liberty was under a lot of pressure in the first 15 minutes of the game, as Kennesaw State had a few chances to score inside the box. Kennesaw State came close to taking the 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Kendall Higgs’ shot hit the crossbar. Liberty picked up its offensive attack in the final 10 minutes of the first half, attempting four shots and a pair of corner kicks during that span. The Owls and the Lady Flames would go into halftime tied at 0-0.
In the second half both teams did its best to gain the 1-0 lead as the two teams combines for 13 shots in the second half. As the game went into overtime, the shots continued to come from both sides and with 31 seconds left in overtime, Meredith King drew a foul inside the box, giving Liberty the penalty kick. McKinley Burkett took the penalty kick and stepped up, scoring and sending the Lady Flames to the NCAA Tournament.
Key Stats & Notes
- Liberty is headed to the NCAA Soccer Championship for the seventh time in program history.
- This is Liberty’s first-ever ASUN Tournament title.
- Melody Jayroe posted her 21st shutout of her career, moving into sole possession of No. 2 on Liberty’s all-time shutout list.
- McKinley Burkett scored her second goal of the season and her second game-winning goal of the season.
- Burkett’s penalty kick was Liberty’s first PK made this season.
- Liberty attempted 16 shots while KSU attempted 14 shots.
- Jayroe recorded four saves.
- Kasey Jamieson attempted a game-high four shots.
Thoughts from Head Coach Lang Wedemeyer
“I am in awe of what these young women have achieved through this tournament. We also give all the glory to God for this amazing run. This is a historical moment for the program.”
Liberty will now begin preparations for the NCAA Soccer Championship, which begins on April 27. Liberty will find out who they play on Monday, April 19, during the NCAA’s Selection Show.