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Liberty Men's Soccer Continues Road Swing at Marshall
In the midst of a four-game road swing, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team travels to Huntington, W.Va., for a match against the Thundering Herd of Marshall, Sunday. Match time at Marshall's Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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A Look at Liberty
Liberty moved to 2-0 on the season with a 5-0 victory over VMI in its first road contest of the year, Tuesday. Along with recording their first shutout of 2014, Liberty's five goals were the most by the Flames in a game since a 9-0 win over Southern Virginia on Sept. 20, 2011.
Midfielder Tim Harbison scored his first two goals of the season in the first half, while Sachem Wilson, Jamie Foxwell and Alan Arellano each netted their first goal of the year. Senior Scott Sutarik played all 90 minutes in goal for the Flames, recording his first shutout of the year in the victory. Sutarik ranks third all-time in program history with a 0.89 goal-against average.
Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 129-92-22 mark during his tenure.
With Liberty's first two-goal game of the season on Tuesday, Harbison is tied with freshman Jovanni Chavez for the team lead in points with four apiece. Chavez scored a goal in Liberty's win over Bluefield and has assisted on two goals.
A Look at Marshall
The Thundering Herd will be looking for their first win of 2014 at Oakland, Friday, before hosting the Flames, Sunday. Friday's contest will be the first road match of the year for Marshall.
The Thundering Herd enters Friday contest at Oakland with a 0-1-1 mark on the year. Marshall played Duquesne to a scoreless draw in its season opener last Friday and fell to Cleveland State, 2-0, this past Sunday.
Head coach Bob Gray is in his 20th season at Marshall. One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division 1, Gray has posted 28 winning seasons during his 36-year coaching career.
Liberty leads the all-time series, 4-3-2. The last two meetings between the Flames and the Thundering Herd were at the 2010 and 2012 Sculley Memorial Tournament in Lexington, Va. The 2010 contest ended in a 1-1 tie, while Marshall won 2-0 in the last match between the two in 2012.
40 Straight for Harbison
For the 40th straight game, Tim Harbison was a member of the Flames' starting 11, Tuesday. The team captain has started every game during his first three seasons at Liberty. The junior midfielder had a big day in his 40th start, scoring two goals Liberty's 5-0 victory over VMI.
A Familiar Face Joins the Staff
Former Liberty standout and 2000 Big South Player of the Year Jose Gomez has joined head coach Jeff Alder's staff as an assistant coach.
Gomez, a four-time Big South All-Conference team member, was named to the conference's 1990-99 Big South All-Decade team for his play as a Flames from 1997-2000.
Gomez joins the Liberty men's soccer coaching staff after nine seasons as the head men's soccer coach at Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Fla. He guided Palm Beach Atlantic to the program's first-ever NCCAA National Championship in 2010.
Flames News and Notes
- With Liberty's 5-0 win on Tuesday, goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has now posted 17 career shutouts. Currently, Sutarik ranks fourth on the program's all-time list, two behind former Liberty goalkeeper Dean Short.
- Junior defender Jamie Foxwell and freshman midfielder Alan Arellano each netted the first goal of their college careers, Tuesday at VMI.
- Tim Harbison's two-goal game was the first in 2014 for the Flames and the second of the junior's career. Last season, he scored two goals in Liberty's 3-2, double-overtime win over Winthrop on Oct.12 at Osborne Stadium.
- Sachem Wilson scored his first goal of 2014, Tuesday. Wilson led the Flames with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists last season as a sophomore. He was twice named Big South Attacking Player of the Week and at season's end was named to the VaSID All-State team.
- Freshman Jovanni Chavez has made an early impact on the offensive end for the Flames. Chavez has netted a goal and added two assists in his first two games as a collegian.
- Defender Troy Reeves joins Chavez with two assists. The freshman has assisted on a goal in each of Liberty's wins this season.
- Liberty and VMI met for the first time since 2002 as nonconference opponents. VMI returned to the Southern Conference this season after 11 years as a member of the Big South Conference.
- Tuesday's contest was the first of three matches for the Flames at VMI's Patchin Field in Lexington, Va., this season. Liberty will return to Lexington for a tournament the weekend of Sept. 12-14. The Flames will face Robert Morris in the tournament's opening game on Sept. 12 and square off against USC Upstate on Sept. 14.
A Look Ahead
Liberty next travels to Lexington, Va., for a tournament at VMI, Sept. 12-14. The Flames will play Robert Morris to open the tournament, Sept. 12. Game time at Patchin Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. Two days later, Liberty will square off with USC Upstate at Patchin Field. Match time is slated for 12:30 p.m.