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Liberty to Host Howard
Coming off a double overtime victory, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team will host the Howard Bison, Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Flames (5-5, 2-3 BSC) – Bison (0-11) contest is the middle game of a three-game home stretch for the Liberty. The Flames' opened the three-game span with a 3-2 double overtime victory over Winthrop, this past Saturday.
How to Follow the Flames
Tuesday evening's contest will be video streamed live on the Big South Network free of charge. The broadcast, provided by the Liberty Flames Sports Network, can be accessed by clicking on the video link under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.
In addition, live stats powered by Stats Broadcast 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
A goal by Tyler Bullock in the second overtime period pushed the Liberty Flames past the Winthrop Eagles, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.
Midfielder Tanner Wilcox beat a Winthrop defender to a loose ball near the end line and fed a pass into the center of the six-yard box for Bullock, who put a shot home at 103:36 to give Liberty the win. For Bullock, it was his first career goal as a Flame.
Midfielder Tim Harbison recorded the first multi-goal game of his career, Saturday. The sophomore scored twice in the first half, converting a penalty kick and scoring on a corner kick as time expired in the half.
Through 10 games, midfielder Sachem Wilson leads the Flames with four goals and 10 points. The sophomore is joined by Harbison and forward Kyle Breitmeyer with multiple goals this year.
Harbison has netted three goals and assisted on another for seven points. Breitmeyer has scored twice this season.
Liberty has utilized three different goalkeepers, Scott Sutarik, Sam Chappell and Jeremy Lee during the 2013 campaign. Sutarik has seen the bulk of the action, making five starts between the posts for the Flames. The junior enters the week with a 1.17 goals-against average and three shutouts. Jeremy Lee has started three games in the net for Liberty and recorded his first career victory this past Saturday against Winthrop. Lee has posted a 1.92 goals-against average. As a team, Liberty has allowed 1.5 goals per game this season.
Liberty's Jeff Alder is in his 13th year as head coach at his alma mater. Alder has posted a 121-91-22 career record, while heading the Flames' program.
All-Time Against Howard
Liberty and Howard will meet for the sixth straight season, Tuesday night. The Bison hold a 6-5 edge in the all-time series, but the Flames has won all five matches between the two teams since the series resumed in 2008.
Last season, Liberty defeated Howard, 3-2, in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12. Defender Sam Duininck scored a goal in the contest, while Tim Harbison had two assists for the Flames in the victory.
A Look at Howard
The Howard Bison will enter Tuesday's game, looking for their first win of the season. This past Saturday, the Bison fell at Florida Atlantic, 2-0.
Rahman Alarape leads Howard with three goals. He also has added an assist this season for seven points. Frederick Todd III and Raynard Story have each scored a goal for the Bison.
Eric Hamilton has started every game between the posts for Howard. He has a 2.04 goals-against average.
Head coach Michael Lawrence is in his sixth year as head of the Howard Bison. He has led his alma mater, Howard, to a 12-80-13 record.
Home Sweet Home
This past Saturday, the Flames played at home for the first time since Sept. 24. Of the Flames' first nine games, seven were on the road this season, where Liberty has recorded a 3-4 mark.
Beginning with Saturday's matchup, Liberty will host three straight home games. Of the Flames' remaining eight games, five will be at home.
Going Into Overtime
For the first time this season, the Flames played past the regulation 90 minutes on Saturday. Tyler Bullock scored the golden goal during the 104th minute for the victory.
Last season, Liberty had seven contests go to overtime, posting a 2-2-3 record. Six out of the Flames final seven games of 2012 saw extra time.
A Look Ahead
Liberty will close out a three-game home span by hosting the Presbyterian College Blue Hose at Osborne Stadium, Friday evening. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. The contest will be part of the university's Homecoming Weekend festivities.