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Liberty to Host UNC Asheville for Conference Match, Saturday

October 24, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jamie Foxwell

After a 1-0 win at Longwood on Wednesday, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team will look to continue their momentum when they host the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, Saturday.  Match time is scheduled for noon.

The game will be broadcast live by Liberty Flames Sport Network Television and on ESPN3. 

Liberty will enter the match with a 7-4-1 overall mark and a 2-3 record in Big South play.  Meanwhile, UNC Asheville, who fell to Northern Kentucky, 2-0, Wednesday, will bring a 1-7-3 overall record and a 0-3-2 conference mark into the contest.

How to Follow the Flames
Saturday's matchup will be broadcast live by Liberty Flames Sports Network Television and also on ESPN3.  Jake Johnston and Andy Freeman will provide the commentary for the contest.

In addition, the telecast can be seen on the Big South Network and will be available by clicking the appropriate link on the schedule/results panel under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.

Live stats also courtesy of the StatBroadcast and provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications Office 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 (7-4-1, 2-3) used a solid defense and a goal by Sachem Wilson to defeat Longwood, 1-0, on the road, Wednesday evening. With the win, the Flames moved to 3-2-1 in road contests this season.

Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik recorded his fourth shutout of the season in the contest and moved into third place on Liberty's all-time shutout list with 20 career clean sheets.

Through 12 games, Sutarik has posted a 1.06 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage. Currently, the senior is second in the Big South Conference in goals-against average and shutouts.

The Flames enter the weekend having outscored their opponents, 21-13. Six different Flames have netted two or more goals each, while 10 different Liberty players have scored at least one goal in 2014. 

Wilson leads the Flames with five goals and 10 points. Midfielder Tim Harbison is second with three goals, while Jovanni Chavez, Jamie Foxwell, Bay Kurtz and Khalil Karl have scored two goals apiece.

Kurtz leads Liberty with three assists.  Karl, Chavez and defender Troy Reeves each have two assists.

Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 134-96-23 mark during his tenure.

A Look at UNC Asheville
Asheville (1-7-3, 0-3-2) will enter Saturday's matchup, looking for its first Big South victory of 2014. The Bulldogs have two ties in conference play this season.  Asheville was defeated 2-0 at Northern Kentucky in a non-conference contest, Wednesday.

The Bulldogs have been outscored 23-7 on the year.  Jackson Allen leads Asheville with three goals.

Goalkeeper Dan Jackson has played every minute in goal this season for the Bulldogs.  He has posted a 1.97 goals-against average and .775 save percentage.

Head Coach Matt Kern is in his fifth year at UNC Asheville.

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, 21-13. 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.

Flames Notes

  • Liberty is 5-2-1 away from Lynchburg, this season. Liberty is 3-2-1 in away games and 2-0 in neutral site contests.
  • The Flames have outscored its opponents, 14-8, away from Lynchburg.
  • This Saturday's contest will be Liberty's fifth home game.  The Flames are 2-2 at home this season.
  • Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik is currently third on Liberty's career shutout list with 20 and is one away from tying George Nimo (1987-90) for second.
  • Midfielder Tim Harbison made his 50th consecutive start on Wednesday.
  • The make-up date for the High Point-Liberty game at Osborne Stadium has been announced.  The two will meet on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.  The original contest was postponed due to inclement weather and field conditions on Oct. 4.

A Look Ahead
     
Liberty will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for its final non-conference contest of the year, Tuesday.  The Flames will face the N.C. State Wolfpack.  Game time at Dail Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.