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Liberty Welcomes Appalachian State
After a successful start to the 2009 season last Tuesday, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team (1-0) will host the Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-1) at Osborne Stadium, Monday at 6 p.m.
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Monday night's contest will be streamed live via the Big South Network. For more information, please click the "Live Video Streaming" link at the top of this page or click "Live Video" on the Liberty men's soccer schedule/results page.
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Liberty and Appalachian State have met 12 times since 1987. The Mountaineers hold a 6-5-1 edge over the Flames in the all-time series.
Appalachian State defeated Liberty, 2-1, in the last meeting between the two teams on Sept. 12, 2005 in Boone, N.C. The Mountaineers netted two goals in the first 22 minutes of the contest and took that advantage to intermission. The Flames' Toby Lewis scored to shave the score to 2-1, but could not get the equalizer in the second half.
A Look at Liberty
The Liberty Flames, coached by Jeff Alder (76-64-12, ninth season), opened their 2009 season in grand fashion with a 10-1 victory over the Concord Mountain Lions, last Tuesday at Osborne Stadium.
Forward Phillip Aseweh scored two goals and assisted on three others in his first game in a Liberty uniform. Fellow Flames Darren Amoo and Timothy Bullock each added two goals in the victory. Bullock's were the first two of the sophomore's collegiate career.
Liberty comes off its second consecutive year of double-digit wins in 2008. The Flames followed 2007's Big South Championship season and 13-5-2 mark, with a 10-5-3 ledger last season.
With its win in the 2009 season opener, Liberty extended the third-longest unbeaten streak in program history to nine games (6-0-3). The Flames closed 2008 by going unbeaten in their last eight games (5-0-3), the seventh-longest unbeaten streak in the nation.
The 1985 Liberty team under head coach Bill Bell went 14 consecutive games without a loss, while the Flames had another unbeaten run of 12 games spanning the 1982-83 campaigns.
Season-Opening Offensive Burst
Liberty's 10 goals in its season-opening win over Concord, Tuesday, were the second most by the Flames in a single contest in program history. On Sept. 6, 2003, the Flames defeated Southern Virginia, 11-0, at Liberty Soccer Field to set the school record.
Leading 2-0 last Tuesday, the Flames scored five goals in the span of 16 minutes to open the second half. Seven different Liberty players scored goals in the contest, with Aseweh, Amoo and Bullock netting two goals apiece.
First-Time Goal Scorers
Four Flames scored their first goal in a Liberty uniform Tuesday night at Osborne Stadium. Aseweh, Bullock, Kyle Probst and Andrew Scheck each scored their first Liberty goal in the contest. For Bullock, Probst and Scheck, their markers were also the first of their college career.
Fitting Right In
Aseweh made his presence felt right away in his first match in the Liberty line-up. The Virginia Tech transfer scored two goals and added three assists for seven points in the Flames' triumph over Concord. The sophomore forward's point total was the most by a Liberty player since Darryl Roberts collected nine points with three goals and three assists in a 10-0 win over Averett at Liberty Soccer Field on Oct. 7, 2002.
Playing Tough at Home
Since 2005, the Flames have been less than hospitable hosts to their opponents at Osborne Stadium. Liberty has posted a 21-6-1 mark in Lynchburg over the past five seasons.
The Big South Beat
Big South members, Gardner-Webb and High Point have opened the year with 3-0 marks.
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and the High Point Panthers joined the Flames as the only teams with victories on the opening night of the 2009 season, last Tuesday. The Bulldogs stunned Clemson, 1-0, for their first victory in eight tries at the Tigers' Riggs Stadium. Meanwhile, the visiting Panthers edged Elon, 1-0, behind a goal by sophomore Karo Okiomah early in the second half.
This past weekend, Gardner-Webb defeated Covenant and Jacksonville in its own Soccer for a Cure Tournament to begin its home schedule. Friday, the Bulldogs had four players score goals in a 5-1 triumph over Covenant. Sunday, Gardner-Webb downed Jacksonville,3-2 , to begin its 2009 campaign with three consecutive victories.
High Point also remained unbeaten over the weekend with a 2-1 decision over Richmond on Friday and a win over future Liberty non-conference opponent Rider, 1-0, on Sunday in the JMU Comfort Inn Tournament. Brothers Karo and Fejiro Okiomah each netted goals in the Panthers' victory, Friday, while reserve midfielder Shane Malcolm netted the lone goal of Sunday's contest in the 30th minute .
A Look at Appalachian State
The Appalachian State Mountaineers, coached by Shaun Pendleton (11-9, second season), have split a pair of matches to start their 2009 season.
Like the Flames, the Mountaineers tallied 10 goals in a 10-0 home victory over Emory & Henry in their 2009 lid-lifter last Tuesday. On Friday night, Appalachian State fell to Big South member Radford, 3-2, in Boone, N.C. to drop to 1-1 in the early going.
Forward Tyler Regan has led the Mountaineer scoring effort in the first two games, with seven points on two goals and three assists. Meanwhile, Appalachian State's other starting forward, Arie Muniz, has netted three goals, scoring all three markers in the victory over Emory & Henry. Six other Mountaineers have also tallied a goal this season.
Branson Drake has been the starting goalkeeper in the first two contests of 2009 for Coach Pendelton's squad. The sophomore has posted a 2.00 goals-against average so far.