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Liberty Soccer Continues Strong Spring Season
Earlier in the spring campaign, Liberty began play by facing off against cross-town opponent Lynchburg College on March 22. The Hornets, the defending champions of their NCAA Division III conference, were a difficult opponent. The Flames however, proved to be up for the challenge, winning the spring opener 4-1. Goals by Adrian Bumbut and Joshua Boateng gave Liberty the first-half lead, while Bumbut added another marker in the second half.
The Flames returned to action on March 29 by facing the Longwood Lancers. Longwood got off to a quick start, as the Lancers had several scoring opportunities early on. However, they all went by the board as Liberty's defense withstood the threats. Midway through the first half, the Flames took the 1-0 lead off a Boateng pass to Juan Guzman. Brandon Patterson added a goal later on, and Liberty went on to a 2-0 win.
Liberty's spring season continued on April 1, as they traveled to High Point to take part in a spring tournament. The Flames opened play in the competition by taking on the host Panthers and jumped on the scoreboard early. A goal from Toby Lewis gave the visiting Flames the lead, and Bumbut added his third marker of the spring to extend the lead to two goals. Each team added a goal in the remaining time of the first half, as Liberty went to the locker room ahead by a 3-1 count. In the second half, Lewis scored his second goal of the match just thirty seconds in, to push the lead to 4-1. High Point added a goal on a free kick late, but Liberty held the Panthers scoreless the rest of the way, and defeated its conference rival by a 4-2 count. With the win, the Flames' spring record moved to 3-0.
Later in the day, the tournament at High Point continued, as the Flames took on Pheiffer, a school with a competitive program in the Division II ranks. Despite a sluggish start, Liberty took the early lead with back-to-back goals by Guzman, giving him three for the spring. The Flames' Lewis also added his third of the spring season and of the tournament, pushing the lead to 3-0, which was the final margin of Liberty's fourth victory of the spring campaign.
Liberty then traveled to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on the Dukes of James Madison. The Flames were sparked by John Letsen, who tallied the match's only goal with his marker midway through the first half. Both teams threatened throughout the remainder of the match, including a Liberty penalty kick, but neither side could add another tally as Letsen's goal stood for the final margin of Liberty's 1-0 victory.
Liberty coach Jeff Alder stated, "This was a great result in some very difficult conditions, as we had to deal with the wind and cold weather. We hope to build upon this match as we continue our practice and preparation for the fall season."
Liberty's spring season will conclude on April 21 with a tournament at Hampden-Sydney.