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Liberty Ranked No. 8 in South Atlantic Region

September 8, 2008
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Liberty midfielder Karol Chorak and the Flames are ranked No. 8 in this week's NSCAA South Atlantic Region poll.

Liberty midfielder Karol Chorak and the Flames are ranked No. 8 in this week's NSCAA South Atlantic Region poll.

Coming off of victories over Campbell and Marshall last week, the Liberty men's soccer team has been ranked among the South Atlantic Region's top teams in the latest regional rankings.

The Flames appear for the first time this season in the NSCAA regional rankings, being tabbed as the region's No. 8 team. Maryland, 3-1 on the year, tops the South Atlantic Region rankings.

"We are thankful and blessed to be ranked No. 8, in what is considered one of the most difficult regions in the country," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Alder. "We need to have a great week of practice, as we prepare for our first conference game against a very good Radford team on the road, Friday night."

Liberty enters the week with a 3-0 mark on the season, after a 1-0 victory over Campbell and a 3-2 win at Marshall in its two contests last week. Liberty's Joshua Boateng (Sr., F/MF, Accra, Ghana) scored his first goal of the season Tuesday and then, the Flames used a strong defensive effort in defeating Campbell, 1-0. It was the first shutout for Liberty this season. The Camels entered the contest ranked fourth in the South Region at the time.

On Saturday, Liberty opened the season, 3-0, for the second straight year with a 3-2 win at Marshall. With the score tied at 2-2 in the 70th minute, forward Justin Willoughby (Sr., Greenville, N.C.) netted his first goal of the year, as the Flames went on to the 3-2 victory.

Liberty, the 2007 Big South Champions, begins defense of its conference championship, Friday, when the Flames visit Radford. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

South Atlantic Regional Rankings (Sept. 8)
1. Maryland 3-1
2. Boston College 2-1-1
3. Virginia 2-2
4. Virginia Tech 2-1-1
5. William & Mary 1-0
6.(tie) Drexel 2-0-1
George Mason 1-1-1
8. Liberty 3-0
9. Hofstra 1-2-1
10. Winthrop 3-1

Receiving Votes: Old Dominion, VCU, James Madison and Radford