Oct 6, 2009

Amoo off to blistering start with seven goals in eight games

by Axel Cerny

The Liberty men’s soccer team entered this past week with a 4-1-1 record and a two game shutout streak against opponents. They would keep that streak going after playing two games this week, notching two more shutouts, and finishing the week at 5-1-2.

On Tuesday evening, Liberty played host to the Longwood Lancers, a team struggling to find its second win on the year. Liberty played back and forth in the first half, holding a 7-5 advantage in shots, as neither team could find the back of the net by the intermission.

The Lancers came out on the attack to open the second half with two quick corner kicks, one resulting in a strike off the crossbar from Longwood midfielder, Chris Saul.

However, after holding off the few early threats from the Lancers, the Flames torched their opponents’ defense on a cross from Juan Guzman to his fellow midfielder Timothy Bullock who buried the ball into the right corner of the net, giving Liberty a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute.

The Flames would get some insurance just a few minutes later as Longwood committed a foul inside the 18-yard box, resulting in a penalty kick opportunity that Liberty’s leading scorer, Darren Amoo, followed through on.

After Amoo beat the keeper to the lower right corner of the net to make the lead 2-0, Liberty tightened things up on defense and closed out the final 25 minutes of the game giving up only one more shot to the opposition and grabbing and important 2-0 win.

With the win the Flames stretched out their consecutive shutout streak to 346 total minutes, dating back to Sept. 13, when St. Francis scored on Liberty in a 1-0 loss.

The second Big South contest of the year for Liberty started on Saturday afternoon in Conway, S.C., at CCU Soccer Field.

The host Chanticleers opened up the contest with a flurry of four shot attempts, two on frame, that were both saved by Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero. The Flames posted a couple shot attempts of their own before the break, but nothing to cause concern for the Chanticleers.

The defensive stalemate continued into the second half, with neither side giving up ground, and only one real scare for the Flames in the 62nd minute when Coastal Carolina’s Robert Hunter drilled a ball off the crossbar. With both sides going back and forth until the last whistle of regulation, the match went into overtime 0-0.

In overtime the Flames put together their best attempts on goal of the day, but all three shots on the net were saved by great efforts from the Chanticleer keeper. The game advanced to a second period off overtime that would seal the fate of the game at 0-0, giving Liberty and 0-0-2 record in Big South Play thus far.

Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero, who entered the week second in the nation in goals-against average, recorded his sixth shutout of the year, while Coastal Carolina’s keeper Scott Angevine recorder his first shutout of the year.

Contact Axel Cerny at axelcerny@gmail.com.

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