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Liberty Men's Soccer Continues to be Ranked in South Atlantic Region Poll

October 8, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Senior midfielder John Letsen and the Liberty Flames are ranked No. 9 in this week's South Atlantic Region Poll.

Senior midfielder John Letsen and the Liberty Flames are ranked No. 9 in this week's South Atlantic Region Poll.

For the fifth consecutive week, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team is ranked among the top teams in the South Atlantic Region. Liberty is ranked ninth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Atlantic Region poll.

The Flames, 6-2-2 overall and one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the Big South Conference at 2-0, appear in the regional rankings for the fifth straight week, the longest Liberty has ever been in the poll. Last week, the Flames achieved their highest ranking ever in the poll by being voted the region's No. 5 team. Future Liberty opponent Virginia tops the poll.

Liberty faced two regionally ranked opponents this past week. The Flames fell at North Carolina, the South Region's seventh- ranked squad, Tuesday and played Marshall, the Midwest Region's ninth-ranked team, to a scoreless draw Saturday.

Senior forward Adrian Bumbut (Zalau, Romania) netted his team-leading sixth goal, Liberty's lone goal, in the setback at North Carolina. Bumbut enters the week second in the Big South Conference in points with 15 and goals with six.

Saturday, the Flames held their sixth opponent scoreless this season in a 0-0 tie with Marshall at Liberty Soccer Field. Dating back to last season, Liberty has not allowed a goal in six-straight home contests. In addition, the Flames have not allowed a goal on their home field in 581:43.

Coach Jeff Alder's squad meets Columbia Union tonight at Liberty Soccer Field. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

South Atlantic Region Poll (10/8)
1. Virginia 7-1-2
2. Virginia Tech 6-1-3
3. Boston College 7-1-1
4. VCU 5-2-2
5. Maryland 4-4-2
6. Drexel 5-2-2
7. Towson 5-3-1
8. Winthrop 6-2-1
9. Liberty 6-2-2
10. Old Dominion 5-4-1