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Liberty to Host No. 20 Coastal Carolina, Saturday
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will host the No. 20 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a Big South match, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for noon.
The Chanticleers are the second ranked opponent the Flames will host this season. Liberty previously hosted Davidson, then ranked No. 25, and was scheduled to host nationally ranked American on Tuesday, but inclement weather forced a cancelation of the contest.
Coastal Carolina will enter Saturday's game with a 9-3 overall record and a 4-0 mark in Big South play. The Chanticleers have won six straight contests and are ranked No. 20 by the Collegiate Soccer News Weekly Poll. Coastal Carolina had its match at Clemson postponed due to weather conditions, Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Liberty will bring a 6-3-1 overall mark and a 1-2 record in Big South play into the contest.
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A Look at Liberty
Liberty (6-3-1, 1-2 Big South) is 2-1 at home this season. No. 20 Coastal Carolina will be the second nationally ranked team the Flames have hosted at Osborne Stadium this season. Liberty fell to then No. 25 ranked Davidson, 2-1, on Sept. 19. Currently, Davidson is ranked No. 19 nationally. Liberty had its match against nationally ranked American canceled due to inclement weather.
The Flames snapped a two-game losing skid with a 1-0 victory in a Big South match at Gardner-Webb, this past Saturday in their latest outing. Midfielder Tim Harbison converted a penalty kick midway through the first half and Liberty used a solid defensive effort in the win.
Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week after making four saves in recording his third shutout of the year at Gardner-Webb. With the shutout, the senior tied Dean Short (1998-2001) for third on Liberty's all-time list with 19. He ranks second in the Big South Conference in shutouts, this season
Sutarik will enter Saturday's contest with a 1.07 goals-against average and a .732 save percentage. He ranks second in the Big South in goals-against-average.
The Flames enter the weekend having outscored their opponents, 20-11. 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. The junior enters Saturday's contest tied for fourth in the Big South in goals.
Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 133-95-23 mark during his tenure.
A Look at Coastal Carolina
The No. 20 Chanticleers (9-3, 4-0 Big South) have won six straight contests. Coastal Carolina remained unbeaten in Big South Conference play with a 4-0 win over UNC Asheville, last Saturday at home.
The defending Big South Champions have outscored their opponents, 26-12, in 2014. Six Chanticleers have netted three or more goals. Sergio Camargo paces Coastal Carolina with four goals and four assists for 12 points, the second highest total in the Big South this season. Ricky Garbanzo has added a team-high five assists and scored three times for 11 points. The midfielder is tied for the conference lead in assists.
Goalkeeper Devin Cook-Perales enters the contest with a 1.19 goals-against average in nine games this season. He has posted two shutouts.
Chanticleers Head Coach Shaun Docking is in his 17th year at Coastal Carolina. The seven-time Big South Coach of the Year has posted a 213-96-26 mark during his tenure.
Liberty will be facing its second nationally ranked opponent of the year, Saturday. Earlier this season, Liberty was edged by No. 25 Davidson, 2-1, on Sept. 19 at Osborne Stadium. Davidson is now ranked No. 19.
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 its opponents, 20-11, and enters the week 20th 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.
At the Midpoint
With last Saturday's match at Gardner-Webb, Liberty passed the midway point of its 2014 regular season. Through their first nine games, the Flames posted a 2-1 record at Osborne Stadium, while posting a 3-2-1 mark away from home. Liberty went 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.
- Liberty is 2-1 at Osborne Stadium this season. Due to a postponement for inclement weather last week, the Flames have not played at home since defeating Howard, 4-0, on Sept. 23.
- With it win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Liberty improved to 4-2-1 away from home this season. Liberty is 2-2-1 in away games and 2-0 in neutral site contests.
- Liberty enters the week ranked second in the Big South in goals allowed with 1.10 goals per game average.
- Newcomers continue to make their mark. The Flames have had five players see significant minutes in eight or more matches that were not on the roster last season.
- Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik ranks second in the Big South Conference with a 1.07 goals-against average. Radford's Aitor Pouseu Blanco leads the conference with a 0.72 GAA.
- Sutarik also ranks second in shutouts behind Blanco with three.
A Look Ahead
Liberty takes to the road for a Big South Conference match. The Flames will travel up Route 460 to Farmville, Va., for a conference contest against the Longwood Lancers, Wednesday. Match time at the Longwood Athletics Complex is scheduled for 6 p.m.