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Liberty to Face High Point for Conference Match
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will travel to High Point, N.C., for their third straight Big South Conference match, Tuesday evening. The Flames will face the High Point Panthers (2-5-1, 0-0-1) at Vert Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m. The contest is the second of three straight road matches for the Flames (4-3, 1-2).
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Tuesday night's contest will be video streamed live on the Big South Network. The broadcast from High Point can be accessed by clicking on the video link under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.
In addition, live stats provided by the High Point Media Relations Office will also be available. They can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.
A Look at Liberty
The Flames will be looking to make it two Big South Conference victories in a row, Tuesday evening. Liberty will enter the match off a 1-0 victory at UNC Asheville, this past Saturday to move to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Big South play.
Kyle Breitmeyer broke a scoreless tie in a defensive contest, scoring on a header off a free kick by Tim Harbison in the 74th minute for the lone goal, Saturday. It was all the Flames needed, as they limited the Bulldogs to three shots on goal in the victory. Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik recorded his third shutout of the season, playing the entire 90 minutes between the posts for Liberty.
Through the first seven games of the year, midfielder Sachem Wilson leads the Flames with four goals and 10 points. He is joined by Breitmeyer with multiple goals. Breitmeyer's marker on Saturday was his second of the season. Jonatan Torres, Sam Duininck, Jacob Sebold and Blessing Tahouna have each netted a goal for Liberty this season.
Liberty has utilized three different goalkeepers, Sutarik, Sam Chappell, and Jeremy Lee during the 2013 campaign. Sutarik has made four starts in goal for the Flames and has posted three shutouts. The junior enters the week with a 0.57 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.
As a team, the Flames have a 1.14 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage. Each of Liberty's four victories has been a shutout this season.
Liberty's Jeff Alder is in his 13th year as head coach at his alma mater. Alder has posted a 120-89-22 career record, while heading the Flames' program.
All-Time Against High Point
Liberty and High Point will meet for the 27th time Tuesday. Liberty holds a slight edge in the all-time series between the two Big South foes, 12-10-4, which began in 1980.
Last season on the turf of Liberty's East Campus Fields, the Flames defeated the Panthers, 2-1, in overtime on Oct. 23. Current Liberty defender and team captain Sam Duininck scored the game-winner to push the Flames past the Panthers.
A Look at High Point
The Panthers will enter Tuesday evening's match, looking for their first win in four matches (0-2-1). This past Saturday, High Point dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 23 Elon at home in their latest outing.
The Panthers (2-5-1, 0-0-1) started out Big South Conference play with a draw at Longwood, this past week. High Point is 1-1 at home this season and will be hosting its first conference match of the season, Tuesday evening.
Junior Mandee Nyepon leads the Big South with eight goals and is tied for the conference lead in points with 17. Pat Shelton and Erien Campbell have scored two goals each for the Panthers, who have netted a team total of 15 this season.
Kody Palmer and Ryan Massey have split time in goal for High Point this season. Massey has started the past two games for the Panthers. The duo has a combined 2.92 goals-against average and a .586 save percentage. Palmer has recorded both of the Panthers' shutouts.
Head Coach Dustin Fonder is in his seventh year at High Point. The 2009 and 2010 Big South Coach of the Year has posted a 62-52-14 overall mark with the Panthers.
Big South Play
Staying true to form, Liberty once again had a Big South game decided by one goal, as they defeated UNC Asheville, 1-0, Saturday.
Liberty will finish a stretch of three straight conference matches, Tuesday night. The Flames began the string with a match against VMI at Osborne Stadium, last Tuesday, and will finish the stretch at High Point. Liberty has split the first two games.
Last season, the Flames finished the year tied for third in the conference regular season standings with a 6-1-3 record.
The Flames are 94-81-14 all-time in Big South Conference contests. Liberty has posted a .500 or better conference ledger in 20 out of their 22 seasons in the conference.
The Flames have won two Big South titles, both during head coach Jeff Alder's tenure. Liberty captured conference titles in 2007 and 2011.
A Look Ahead
Liberty will have an eight day break, before traveling to North Carolina for a non-conference match against the Davidson Wildcats on Oct. 9. Match time is scheduled 7 p.m.