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Liberty to Start Three-Game Road Swing at Wofford, Wednesday
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team takes to the road for a match at Wofford, Wednesday. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Snyder Field in Spartanburg, S.C. The contest will be the first of three consecutive road tilts for the Flames (2-0-0).
How to Follow the Flames
A LIVE Video stream of Wednesday's broadcast will be available through Wofford Athletics through Terrier Vision at http://athletics.wofford.edu/showcase/.
Live stats will be available for the contest through Wofford Athletics and can be accessed at http://www.sidearmstats.com/wofford/msoc/.
A Look at Liberty
After a 4-0 win over IUPUI this past Friday at Osborne Stadium in its home opener, Liberty has started its 2013 campaign with two shutouts. The Flames are only one of 12 NCAA Division I teams to open the year with two shutouts.
Midfielder Sachem Wilson and goalkeeper Scott Sutarik each earned Big South weekly honors for their efforts in the Flames' victory over IUPUI.
Wilson was selected the Big South Attacking Player of the Week, posting the second two-goal game of his career, scoring twice in the first half against the Jaguars. Later, the sophomore assisted on a second-half goal by Jacob Sebold for five points on the night, a career high for Wilson.
Sutarik was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week, stopping five shots in recording his second shutout of the young season. The junior has now posted 13 shutouts during his Liberty career, tying him for fifth on the program's career list.
Forward Kyle Breitmeyer also scored for the Flames. All three Liberty scorers on Friday netted a goal for the first time in 2013. For Sebold, his marker was the first of the sophomore's career.
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder is in his 13 year at his alma mater. Alder, who has posted a 118-86-22 career record, will rely on underclassmen this season. Of Liberty's 25 players on its roster, 18 are either sophomores or freshmen.
A Look at Wofford
The Terriers (0-3-1) will be in search of their first victory of 2013, Wednesday. In their latest outing Wofford tied Saint Joseph's, 0-0, Sunday. Two of the Terriers' losses have come against Big South opponents Gardner-Webb, 5-4 in overtime, and Winthrop, 2-1.
Head Coach Ralph Polson has posted a 36-52-10 record in six seasons at Wofford. His 2013 squad returns eight starters from last season.
Returning defender Connor Davis and forward Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez have led the Terriers with two goals each in the early going.
Freshman Garrett Closs has seen the majority of the minutes between the posts for Wofford his season. The goalkeeper enters Wednesday's game having posted a 3.54 goals-average in just over 253 minutes.
All-time Against Wofford
For the third consecutive season, the Flames and the Terriers will meet on the soccer pitch. Wofford has won the past two meetings, including a 3-0 victory last season over the Flames on Liberty's East Campus Fields on Sept. 29. Liberty leads the all-time series which started in 1980, 4-3-1.
Sutarik Continues March up All-Time List
With two shutouts in Liberty's first two games, goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has moved into a tie for fifth place on the program's career shutout list with 13. The junior is tied with current Liberty assistant coach Andrew Madero, who manned the Flames' net from 2007-09.
Sutarik is one of 12 goalkeepers in NCAA Division I to open his year by posting back-to-back shutouts. With the two clean sheets, the junior has lowered his career goals-against average to 0.87. Currently, he ranks third on the all-time Flames list.
Duininck Answers Call
Defender Sam Duininck enters Wednesday's match, having started every Liberty match the past three seasons. The two-time team captain has notched 40 consecutive starting assignments.
Breitmeyer Breaks Out
Senior Kyle Breitmeyer scored his first goal of the season in Liberty's 4-0 win, this past Friday. Last season, the forward became a consistent scoring threat for the Flames. Breitmeyer finished 2012, as Liberty's leading scorer with 15 points and goal scorer with seven.
The forward scored at least one goal in four consecutive games from Oct. 5 to Oct. 23, posting his first career multi-goal game in 2-1 win at Presbyterian College on Oct. 12.
Breitmeyer scored five of his seven goals in Big South Conference games, helping Liberty post a 6-1-3 conference record and go unbeaten over a nine-game stretch (6-0-3) to end the regular season.
A Look Ahead
Liberty will start its Big South Conference schedule with a match at Gardner-Webb, Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.