Sep 8, 2009

Flames roll Concord 10-1 in season opener

by Brittany Barclay

The Liberty Flames men’s soccer team opened up its home schedule last Monday with a dominating victory, defeating the Concord Mountain Lions, 10-1, at Osborne Stadium.

“Obviously we weren’t trying to run the score up, but we were able to play 22 to 23 of our guys and still run our initial patterns and concepts of our scheme,” Head Coach Jeff Alder said after the win.

Many players on the roster had the opportunity to shine in the game. Redshirt sophomore forward Darren Amoo, who missed a large part of the 2008 season due to injury, scored two goals, while sophomore forward Phillip Aseweh also netted two goals, including his first as a Flame. Timothy Bullock also recorded two goals on the evening as the Flames rolled easily to victory, moving their record to 1-1 on the season.

The second half brought the Flames more success than the first, as the Flames were able to find the back of the net eight times and ran away with the match.

“Even though the score was a little lopsided in Tuesday’s match, the game was a great barometer to measure where we’re at as a team and where we want to go,” sophomore Alex Verville said.

In the 84th minute of play, Concord managed to breach the scoreboard when Ivan Deyanov spotted Alex Ryan with a pass into open area on the left side. But with the Flames up 9-1, the goal hardly put a dent in the Flames lead, and it proved to be too little, too late for the Mountain Lions.

“I think we won’t see another team like this, so it was good to take advantage of the situation,” captain Juan Guzman said.

Having this win under its belt, the men’s soccer team remains to be united. Stomping through the highs and lows that playing teams with different styles brings, the Flames are able to recognize the benefit of all their practicing.

“It was good for them to get rewarded for the hard work that they put in every day,” Alder said.

“Our fans are great. It was so good to start our home schedule the way we did with such great support from our fans,” Guzman said. “They are really inspiring and the spark that ignites a fire on the field. I am honored to be captain of this team. It is such a privilege.”

Next for the Flames is a home game against Appalachian State on Sept. 7. Following Appalachian State is Liberty’s second away game of the season against Rider on Sept. 11.

“This will be a great test for us to see where we’re at,” Alder said.

Contact Brittany Barclay at bmbarclay@liberty.edu. 


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