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September 1, 2009
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Forward Darren Amoo scored two goals and assisted on two others in Liberty's season-opening victory.

Forward Darren Amoo scored two goals and assisted on two others in Liberty's season-opening victory.

Liberty forward Darren Amoo scored two goals and assisted on two others and fellow forward Phillip Aseweh added two goals and three assists, as the Flames opened their 2009 campaign with a convincing 10-1 victory over the Concord Mountain Lions, Tuesday night in men's soccer action at Osborne Stadium.

Liberty's 10 goals are the second most by the Flames in a single contest in program history. The Flames defeated Southern Virginia, 11-0, on Sept. 6, 2003 to set the school record.

With the victory, Liberty wins its fourth consecutive season opener to move to 1-0 on the year, while Concord drops to 1-1 on the season.

After having the upper hand in play through the first 20 minutes of the contest, the Flames broke on top in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Timothy Bullock (So., Forest, Va.) sent a crossing pass in front of the net from the left side for Aseweh (So., Navrongo, Ghana), who tipped a pass onto the foot of Amoo for Liberty's first goal of the year at 22:55.

Less than three minutes later, the trio combined on the second goal of the night. Aseweh sent a pass into the penalty area, which Amoo touched down for Bullock. The midfielder found the back of the net with a shot from in close at 28:11 for a 2-0 lead, which the Flames took to halftime.

The Flames' offense continued to find success in the early minutes after halftime, scoring five times in the first 16 minutes of the closing half.

In the 48th minute, Aseweh netted his first goal in a Liberty uniform, as the transfer took a pass into the 18-yard box from midfielder Alex Verville (So., Rochester Hills, Mich.) and tucked the ball into the right corner of the net for a 3-0 Liberty advantage.

Less than five minutes later, Amoo led midfieler Juan Guzman (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) into an open space in front of the net with a crisp pass from the top of the penalty area. The midfielder took the ball in stride and ripped the ball into the right corner for his first goal of the game and a 4-0 lead. Defender Michael Ward (R-Sr., Seffner, Fla.) also assisted on the goal.

Aseweh netted the third goal of the span and his second of the game in the 58th minute, breaking away from the Mountain Lion defenders at midfield and beating the goalkeeper, one-on-one.

Bullock added his second goal of the night a minute later, tipping in a crossing pass from Aseweh.

Amoo capped the span by receiving a long pass in stride from defender Greg White (R-Fr., Wellington, Nova Scotia) in the 61st minute and blistering a shot from just above the 18-yard box into the net for his second goal of the night and a 7-0 advantage.

Seniors Kyle Probst (F, Northumberland, Pa.) and Andrew Scheck (F, Mt. Juliet, Tenn) each netted the first goal of their careers later in the half. Probst scored off a pass lofted into the box by Juan Niño (So., Katy, Texas) in the 72nd minute. Scheck headed in a corner kick by freshman midfielder Zack Clark (Rock Hill, S.C.) in the 78th minute.

Concord got on the scoreboard in the 84th minute, when Ivan Deyanov found Alex Ryan with a long pass into open space off the left side for the forward's first goal of the year.


Niño tallied the final goal of the night in the closing minute on a breakaway for the final 10-1 score.

Liberty outshot Concord, 21-7, in the contest. The Flames also held the advantage in corner kicks over the Mountain Lions, 6-0.

Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) made two saves during his time in the net, before giving way to Paul Gilbert (Jr., Rockvale, Tenn.), who made one stop. Concord netminders Jamie Greenwood and Matt Hamilton had two saves apiece.

The Flames host the Appalachian State Mountaineers, Monday at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.