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Liberty Men's Soccer Continues Run in South Atlantic Region Poll

October 22, 2007
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Toby Lewis and the Flames are ranked in the South Atlantic Region poll for the seventh-consecutive week.

Toby Lewis and the Flames are ranked in the South Atlantic Region poll for the seventh-consecutive week.

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team continues to appear among the top teams in its region, as for the second-straight week, the Flames hold down the No. 10 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South Atlantic Region poll.

The Flames, 8-3-2 overall and 3-1 in Big South Conference action, are in the regional rankings for the seventh-straight week. The span is the longest Liberty has ever been in the poll successively. For the second-consecutive week, Virginia Tech, ranked No. 5 nationally, is the region's top team.

This past week, the Flames recorded their eighth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win at UNC Asheville. Adrian Bumbut (Sr., F, Zalau, Romania) scored his team-leading eighth goal of the year, while senior forward Justin Willoughby (Greenville, N.C.) netted his first goal of the season in the victory.

Liberty leads the Big South Conference in shutouts, and the Flames have allowed 1.00 goals per game this season. Goalkeeper Paul Gilbert (Fr., Rockvale, Tenn.) is second in the conference in goals-against-average with a 0.98 average.

Senior forward Bumbut enters the week third in the Big South Conference with 19 points and is tied for second in the league with eight goals. Bumbut also leads the conference in game-winning goals, with four. Toby Lewis (Sr., F, Morrison, Colo.) and midfielder Joshua Boateng (Jr., Accra, Ghana) are among several players in the conference tied for the 10th spot in goals, with four apiece. Midfielder Daniel McGarry (Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.) is tied for fifth in the Big South, with four assists.

Liberty travels to Charlottesville, Va., tomorrow evening to square off with the nation's No. 7- ranked team and the region's third-ranked squad, Virginia. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Flames return home on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest at Liberty Soccer Field against Presbyterian.

NSCAA South Atlantic Poll 10/22
1. Virginia Tech 8-1-4
2. Boston College 8-3-1
3. Virginia 8-3-2
4.(tie) Drexel 9-2-2
          Maryland 6-4-4
6. Towson 8-4-1
7. Old Dominion 8-5-1
8. VCU 6-5-2
9. Winthrop 8-2-2
10. Liberty 8-3-2

Receiving votes: William & Mary