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Liberty Men's Soccer Heads to Lexington, Va. for Sculley Memorial

September 11, 2014
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The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will travel to Lexington, Va., for the 2014 Sculley Memorial Tournament, Friday and Sunday. The tournament will be hosted by VMI.

Liberty will square off with the Robert Morris Colonials in the first game of the tournament at VMI's Patchin Field, Friday at 1 p.m.

The Flames will then return to Lexington for the final day of the Sculley Memorial Tournament on Sunday to face the USC Upstate Spartans.  Match time is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

The contests are the final two games of four straight contests for the Flames away from Lynchburg.    

How to Follow the Flames
Live stats will be provided by VMI and will be available for the contest by clicking the appropriate link on the men's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com.

A Look at Liberty
Liberty played the Thundering Herd of Marshall to a 2-2 tie, this past Sunday in Huntington, W.Va.  Freshmen Bay Kurtz and Troy Reeves each scored their first collegiate goal in the contest. With the draw, the Flames will enter the weekend with a 2-0-1 record on the year.

Six different Flames have netted their first goal in a Liberty uniform in 2014.  Joining Kurtz and Reeves are freshman Alan Arellano and Jovanni Chavez, transfer Khalil Karl and defender Jamie Foxwell.

Junior midfielder Tim Harbison, Chavez and Reeves lead the Flames with four points each.  Harbison tallied Liberty's first multiple-goal game the last time the Flames played at Patchin Field, scoring two goals in a 5-0 win over VMI, Sept. 2.  Chavez and Reeves have each scored a goal and assisted on two others.

Senior Scott Sutarik has played all 290 minutes in goal for the Flames and recorded a shutout in Liberty's win at VMI.   

Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 129-92-23 mark during his tenure.

The Sculley Memorial
Liberty has played in the Sculley Memorial each year of the tournament's existence. Hosted by VMI, the tournament honors Jay Sculley, the first Keydet varsity men's soccer coach, who served as the team's coach from 1972-73 and from 1977-80.  He also taught at the institution.

Played in 2009, 2010 and 2012, the tournament returns with a four-team field and two matches each on Friday and Sunday at Patchin Field on VMI's campus, this weekend.  The four-team field includes Liberty, the Robert Morris Colonels, the USC Upstate Spartans and the host VMI Keydets. 

Liberty and VMI will not meet on the weekend, as the two squads already faced off at Patchin Field on Sept. 2, with the Flames defeating the Keydets, 5-0

This year's tournament schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 12
1 p.m.  – Liberty vs. Robert Morris
4 p.m. – USC Upstate at VMI

Sunday, Sept. 14
12:30 p.m. – Liberty vs. USC Upstate
3:30 p.m. – Robert Morris at VMI      

A Look at Robert Morris
The Colonials dropped their first contest of the year at Wright State, 2-0, last Friday.  It was their first road contest of the season.  Robert Morris will enter Friday's contest with a 1-1-1 record.

Neco Brett leads the Colonials with five points and two goals for 15th-year head coach Bill Denniston's team.

Liberty and Robert Morris will be meeting for the first time on the soccer field on Friday.

A Look at USC Upstate
The Spartans will enter the weekend with a 0-1-1 record.  USC State opened the season against Big South members UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb. The Spartans fell to Gardner-Webb, 1-0, in double overtime this past Saturday.

Dr. Greg Hooks is in his 20th season as the head coach at USC Upstate.

Liberty and USC Upstate have met only once on the pitch. The Spartans defeated the Flames, 4-0, in 1980.

Spreading the Wealth
Liberty has had seven players score at least one goal this season. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 9-3, so far in 2014.

In addition, six different Flames have netted their first goal in a Liberty uniform this season.  Freshmen Alan Arellano, Jovanni Chavez, Bay Kurtz and Troy Reeves along with transfer Khalil Karl and junior defender Jamie Foxwell have all scored the first goal of their collegiate careers.

Back to Patchin Field
The Flames will be making their second trip to Lexington, Va., and VMI's Patchin Field in 2014, this weekend.  Liberty has already met Sculley Memorial host VMI at Patchin Field on Sept. 2, coming away with a 5-0 win over VMI.

The Flames' five goals were the most by a Liberty in a game since a 9-0 win over Southern Virginia on Sept. 20, 2011. In addition, the win was the first shutout of the year for the Flames.  

Flames News and Notes

  • Sunday's 2-2 tie was Liberty's first overtime game of the year.  Last season, the Flames saw three matches go to overtime.  Liberty posted a 2-1 mark in overtime games in 2013.
  • Midfielder Tim Harbison netted two goals for the Flames at VMI on Sept. 2, the first multi-goal game by a Liberty player in 2014 and the second of the junior's career.  Harbison also made his 40th consecutive start in the contest.
  • With his first shutout of the season at VMI on Sept. 2, Scott Sutarik has recorded 17 career shutouts. The senior ranks fourth on the Liberty career list.
  • Sachem Wilson scored his first goal of 2014 at VMI on Sept. 2. 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 three games as a collegian.

A Look Ahead
Liberty will host Davidson on Sept. 20 at Osborne Stadium.  Match time is scheduled for Noon.