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Liberty Men's Soccer Announces 2007 Schedule
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has announced the completion of the 2007 Liberty Men's Soccer schedule, featuring eight home games and matches at 2006 College Cup semi-finalist Virginia and NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina.
"This is a schedule that will present us with some early difficult challenges that should prepare us for conference play," stated Alder. "There are potentially three or four Top 25 teams on the schedule including Virginia and North Carolina, who both spent time ranked No. 1 this past season.
Liberty opens its season on Aug. 31 by hosting Mount Vernon under the lights at Liberty Soccer Field, followed by four straight contests away from Lynchburg. The stretch will begin on Sept. 5 with a trip to Buies Creek, N.C. for a match with Campbell. After a visit to Gardner-Webb on Sept. 8, the Flames will close out the span with two games at the UNC Wilmington Soccer Classic, Sept. 14-16. On the opening day of the tournament, Liberty will square off with the College of Charleston. The Flames will then play host UNC Wilmington on the final day of the tournament, Sept. 16.
The Flames return home for three games, including their Big South Conference opener against rival Radford on Sept. 26. Liberty will open the stretch with an afternoon contest against Longwood on Sept. 19, followed by the Radford contest. The homestand will conclude with a visit by 2006 Big South Champion Winthrop on Sept. 29.
The Flames will then travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for an evening contest with North Carolina. Last season in the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the Tar Heels edged the Flames, 1-0, at Liberty Soccer Field. North Carolina, a 2006 NCAA Tournament participant, was ranked in the top five nationally throughout the season last year. After the trip to North Carolina, Liberty will host arshall on Oct. 6 and Columbia Union on Oct. 8.
The final six games of the schedule have the Flames taking to the road four times. Liberty will cap a three-game road trip with its annual visit to Virginia on Oct. 23. Always a national power, the Cavaliers last season reached the College Cup Semifinals. Liberty will finish the season with a visit to High Point on Oct. 31, sandwiched between home contests with Presbyterian on Oct. 26 and the final game of the regular season on Nov. 6 against VMI.
The Flames will host Radford, Winthrop and VMI in Big South play, while visiting Coastal Carolina, UNC Asheville and High Point. The 2007 Big South Men's Soccer Championship will be held Nov. 15-18 at Winthrop Soccer Field in Rock Hill, S.C.
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