BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Eline Glamsland's second goal of the year proved to be the difference, as Gardner-Webb defeated Liberty 1-0 on Wednesday night.
It marked the second season in a row the Runnin' Bulldogs (5-7-2, 2-2-0 Big South) topped the Flames (6-7-0, 2-2-0 Big South).
"The biggest difference for us tonight is that we competed for 90 minutes," said Gardner-Webb head coach Mike Varga. "That makes a big difference when we play hard and compete. Liberty is a very good team and it was a match we went toe-for-toe with them, put the ball in the back of the net and found a way to keep them off the board.
"I'm very proud of the way we came out, competed and finished the game tonight."
Gardner-Webb and Liberty were evenly matched in the first half, as both teams had a number of opportunities negated by the defensive units, in which the half ended in a scoreless draw.
The first half saw a combined six shots on goal. Gardner-Webb was active with four on frame, with senior Brandi Arey getting two on target herself.
Glamsland broke the scoreless draw with a goal less than a minute into the second half, and that score would hold the rest of the way. Arey took a shot that was saved moments earlier, but the Liberty keeper couldn't maintain possession. Glamsland was able to rebound the missed opportunity and place the ball into the back of the net to give Gardner-Webb its eventual game winner.
Liberty had an opportunity 10 minutes later that found the back of the net, but was negated by a handball call to preserve the one-goal edge.
Gardner-Webb was led by Glamsland with the lone goal, while Arey tallied six shots (four on frame).
Liberty was led by Baylee Gillmore and Isabella Habuda with two shots each.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday, October 8, as they host the Highlanders of Radford University. Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm at Greene-Harbison Stadium.