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Liberty and Coastal Play to Scoreless Tie
The Liberty Flames held their opponent scoreless for the fourth consecutive game, playing the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to a scoreless, two-overtime tie, Saturday afternoon in a Big South men's soccer match at CCU Soccer Field.
After opening its Big South slate with two ties, Liberty moves to 0-0-2 in conference and 5-1-2 overall. Coastal Carolina, playing its first conference game of the year, starts 0-0-1 in Big South action and goes to 3-2-4 overall.
The Flames have now recorded six shutouts in eight games this season, one more than last season's total of five shutouts. Head Coach Jeff Alder's team has not allowed a goal in the last 456 minutes of play.
The host Chanticleers opened the contest with an early offensive outburst, attempting four shots over a span of seven minutes, 12 minutes into the match. The first two shot attempts were wide, but a shot by Riley Phillips in the 17th minute and one from Djamel Bekka in the 20th minute were turned away by Liberty goalkeeper Andrew Madero (Jr., Tampa, Fla.).
Midfielder Timothy Bullock (So., Forest, Va.) fired the first shot of the afternoon for the Flames off Liberty's second corner kick in the contest, during the 29th minute of play.
Off another corner in the 43rd minute, forward Travis Joseph (Fr., Laventille, Trinidad) sailed an attempt wide for the Flames' only other shot of the half, as the teams headed to intermission scoreless.
The second half opened with the two squads exchanging shots. Thad Taylor (Jr., MF/D, Spring, Texas) launched the opening shot of the half wide. Two minutes later, Coastal Carolina's Robert Hunter fired a shot high.
In the 62nd minute of the defensive contest, Hunter came close to giving the Chanticleers an advantage, hitting the crossbar with a shot.
Liberty had a flurry of shots over a stretch of 1:33, beginning in the 80th minute. Midfielder Juan Nino (So., Katy, Texas) had his attempt blocked by a defender. Fellow midfielder Juan Guzman (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) picked up the rebound and fired a shot high moments later. The Flames' leading scorer Darren Amoo (R-So., F, Accra, Ghana), finished the trio of shots in the 81st minute, putting his attempt wide.
After the burst of attempts by Liberty, neither team got another shot off during regulation, sending the match to overtime.
Verville opened overtime with a shot, forcing a save by Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Scott Angevine, 26 seconds into the extra period. Liberty's Phillip Aseweh (So., MF/F, Navrongo, Ghana) also forced Angevine to make a stop in the 92nd minute to keep the Flames from scoring.
Later in the first overtime period, Verville once again got free for a shot, blasting a shot in the 95th minute, only to see Angevine record a save.
The second overtime saw only a shot by Bekka in the 106th minute go wide.
Coastal Carolina outshot Liberty, 14-9, on the afternoon. The Flames held an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
Liberty's Madero records his sixth shutout of the year, making three saves in the contest. The Flames goalkeeper, who entered the week second in the nation in goals-against average, lowered his conference-leading average to 0.12. Angevine recorded three saves for Coastal Carolina in recording his first shutout of the season.
Liberty steps out of conference play on Tuesday. The Flames will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to square off with the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels. Match time at Fetzer Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.