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Blackbirds offense carries the team to second straight win

By: Lamont Jackson, Staff Writer

An offensive outburst led the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds to a 3-2 victory over the Hartford Hawks marking their second consecutive win.

The Blackbirds took a 1-0 lead into half time after sophomore Agape Alexander scored her first goal of the season.

The Blackbirds would come soring out in the second half with two goals from freshman Kimberly Butland (1) and from redshirt senior Jenn Peters (4).

Hartford managed to create a comeback in the second half by scoring two quick goals. LIU’s defense was on par and managed to keep Hartford from tying the game.

Blackbirds redshirt senior Jenn Peters | Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics

Senior goalkeeper Erin Harbison was asked about her team’s defensive efforts by keeping Hartford from constantly scoring; here’s what she had to say, “A lot of communication throughout the back and being able to come out of the first half; [to] be as one together and then a er the first goal, fifteen seconds in.”

“That kind of light a fire under everyone and then to keep that momentum from there going; just trying to carry on for the rest of the second half.”

First year Head coach Eleri Earnshaw responded to being asked about her reaction to LIU scoring the first three goals in the game by answering, “ The first half left a lot to be desired.”

“So, second half, we definitely picked up the energy and two early goals in the second half is exactly how we wanted to start.”

Earnshaw was also asked about her team’s (now) two-game hot streak with this win over Hartford, going into the Northeast Conference games in two weeks.

In response, she said, “Momentum is such a powerful tool. So, to get two wins under our belt and to keep this positive momentum going is a great lead into conference.”

The Blackbirds will continue their mini two game home stand, as they will host the Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday, September 17th at the LIU Athletic Field.

With this win the Blackbirds now improve to 2-5-1 on the season.



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Category: Soccer, Sports