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Liberty Hosts High Point for First Big South Home Match of 2014
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will host the High Point Panthers, Tuesday night at Osborne Stadium. Match time is schedule for 6 p.m.
The contest will be Liberty's first home Big South Conference match of the year. Liberty will enter the match at 5-3-1 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
High Point is off to a 2-0 record in Big South action and 4-4-1 overall.
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A Look at Liberty
After dropping a 2-0 decision at Radford, Saturday, Liberty (5-3-1, 0-2) will be looking snap a two-game losing skid, Tuesday evening.
The Flames enter the week having outscored their opponents, 19-11. Liberty ranks second in the Big South Conference in goals per game with a 2.11 average and are third in goals allowed with a 1.22 goals per game average. The Flames rank 13th nationally in goals per game and 20th in total goals in the latest NCAA statistical report released, today.
Six different Flames have netted two or more goals each, while 10 different Liberty players have scored at least one goal in 2014. Sachem Wilson leads the Flames with four goals and eight points on the year. The junior enters the weekend fourth in the Big South in goals.
Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik enters Tuesday's contest with a 1.19 goals-against average. The senior's goals-against average currently ranks second in the Big South. Sutarik has recorded two shutouts this season.
Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 132-95-23 mark during his tenure.
A Look at High Point
High Point (4-4-1, 2-0) enters Tuesday night's contest off a 3-0 victory at Presbyterian, Saturday in Big South play. The Panthers have started conference play, 2-0.
High Point has outscored its opponents, 13-10. The Panthers rank second in the Big South Conference in goals allowed (1.11). High Point has recorded two shutouts.
The Panthers' Mamdee Nyepon leads the Big South Conference in goals with seven and points with 15.
Panthers head coach Dustin Fonder is in his eighth season at High Point. Fonder has guided the Panthers to a 72-59-17 record during his tenure.
At the Midpoint
With Saturday's match at Radford, Liberty reached the midway point of its 2014 regular season. Through their first nine games, the Flames have posted a 2-1 record at Osborne Stadium, while posting a 3-2-1 mark away from home. Liberty is 1-2-1 in away games and 2-0 in neutral site contests.
The Flames will play five out of their last eight games at home. Six of the eight are Big South Conference matches.
Last season, the Flames went 4-5 through their first nine games of the year. Liberty went onto post a 5-3 record over its last eight contests to finish its regular season.
Spreading the Wealth
Liberty has had 10 players score at least one goal this season. The Flames also have had six players net two or more goals. Liberty has outscored their opponents, 19-11, and enter the week 13th in the nation in goals scored per game.
In addition, six different Flames have netted their first goal in a Liberty uniform in 2014. 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.
- Entering their fourth home match of the season, the Flames are 2-1 at Osborne Stadium.
- Newcomers continue to make their mark. The Flames have had five players see significant minutes in seven or more matches that were not on the roster last season.
- Sachem Wilson is tied for fourth in the Big South Conference in goals with four. High Point's Mamdee Nyepon leads the conference with seven.
- Jovanni Chavez is tied for third in the Big South with two game-winning goals. Two players lead the conference with three.
- Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik ranks second in the Big South Conference with a 1.19 goals-against average. Radford's Aitor Pouseu Blanco leads the conference with a 0.67 GAA.
- With a 4-0 victory over Howard on Sept. 23, goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has amassed 18 shutouts during his career. The senior ranks fourth on the program's all-time list. He needs one more to tie Dean Short for third place.
A Look Ahead
Liberty takes to the road for a Big South match at Gardner-Webb, Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Greene-Harbison Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Flames return home next Tuesday for a match against American, currently ranked 23rd nationally. Match time is slated for 6 p.m.