Oct 16, 2007

Flames blow out Pioneers, drop first conference game to Coastal Carolina

by Thomas Lourdeau

    The Liberty Men’s soccer team scored five second half goals en route to an 8-0 shutout victory over Columbia Union last Monday.
For much of the first half, Liberty found itself unable to take advantage of opportunities.  Numerous offside penalties and mishandled passes killed what would have been even more scoring chances for the Flames.
    Despite the impressive offensive output, the Flames did not score their first goal until the 35th minute.  Toby Lewis netted his third goal of the year off of a great feed from junior Joshua Boateng.
    Boateng would score a goal of his own after a hard foul by Columbia Union in the penalty area as he faked goalie Davion Foster, who dove to the left as the ball shot past him in the opposite direction.
    Less than two minutes later, senior Chris Mandell scored his first goal as a Flame by heading a Daniel McGarry corner kick into the net in the game’s 50th minute.
    “It felt real good,” Mandell said of his goal, smiling.  “We really took advantage of opportunities later in the game.”
The Flames wasted no time putting the game out of reach as senior Adrian Bumbut scored his team-leading 7th goal of season less than five minutes into the second half.
    Other goals in the game included a hat trick by senior Brandon Patterson in the 71st, 81st and 9th minutes.  Junior Bill Pinette also scored his first goal of the season in the 89th minute.
    The Flames have yet to allow a goal at home this season, and the game marked their seventh shutout of the year.
    The Flames also traveled to Coastal Carolina for a clash between the only two Big South undefeated squads. Liberty was on the losing end of a 2-1 score, giving them their first conference loss of the year.
    Each of Coastal Carolina’s goals came early in the second half (minutes two and 23, respectively). The scores were off of a bicycle kick and a loose ball by forward MKokheli Dube.
    While the Flames had more shots (16) than Coastal, Chanticleer goalie Matt Smith effectively kept his team in the game with his impressive play.  The Flames would not get on the board until the 60th minute when Lewis scored his fourth goal of the year with a shot off the post and into the net.
    Smith, who was making his first career start, allowed just one goal on 16 shots with six saves, the most impressive of which came off a Mandell header with just seconds remaining to preserve the victory.
    With the loss, the Flames fall to 7-8-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
    They will travel to UNC Asheville on Oct. 18 and Virginia on Oct. 23 before returning home to face future Big South foe Presbyterian at home on Oct. 26.

Contact Thomas Lourdeau at tlourdeau@liberty.edu.

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