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Liberty Men's Soccer 10th in South Atlantic Region Poll
The Flames, 7-3-2 overall and 2-1 in Big South Conference action, appear in the regional rankings for the sixth-straight week, the longest Liberty has ever been in the poll successively. The Flames dropped a spot this week after being voted the region's No. 9 team last week. For the first time this season, Virginia Tech swaps spots with Virginia and tops the poll.
This week, the Flames defeated Columbia Union, 8-0, last Monday, while dropping their first conference contest Friday at Coastal Carolina, 2-1.
Monday at Liberty Soccer Field against Columbia Union, head coach Jeff Alder's team's eight goals was the largest scoring output in a contest for the Flames since tallying eight markers in an 8-1 victory over Southern Virginia on Sept. 27, 2005. In addition with the shutout, Liberty continues its streak of not being scored upon at home this season. The Flames have not allowed their last seven home opponents to score at Liberty Soccer Field, dating back to last season, a span of 671:43.
Friday, in a clash of the remaining unbeaten teams in conference play, Coastal Carolina edged visiting Liberty, 2-1. Despite outshooting the Chanticleeers, 16-9, a Flames' rally came up just short. A shot with two seconds left had to be stopped by the Coastal Carolina keeper to keep the game from going into overtime. Toby Lewis (Sr., F, Morrison, Colo.) netted the Liberty goal, his fourth marker on the year.
Senior forward Adrian Bumbut (Zalau, Romania) netted his team-leading seventh goal this past week, and enters the week tied for third in the Big South Conference with 17 points and is fourth with seven goals. Lewis and midfielder Joshua Boateng (Jr., Accra, Ghana) are among several players in the conference tied for the 10th spot in goals with four apiece.
Defensively, Liberty leads the Big South with seven shutouts. The Flames have allowed 1.08 goals per game so far this season.
Liberty will travel to Asheville, N.C., Thursday afternoon to square off with UNC Asheville in a conference match. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
NSCAA South-Atlantic Poll 10/14
1. Virginia Tech 7-1-4
2. Virginia 7-2-2
3. Boston College 7-2-1
4. Maryland 5-4-3
5. Drexel 7-2-2
6. Old Dominion 7-4-1
7. VCU 5-4-2
8. Towson 6-4-1
9. Winthrop 7-2-2
10. Liberty 7-3-2
10. William & Mary 6-5-2
Receiving votes: Radford, Coastal Carolina