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Liberty Faces High Point on Road
The Liberty Flames (7-3-3, 1-1-2 Big South) will travel to High Point, N.C., Tuesday night for a Big South contest with the High Point Panthers (7-5-1, 3-1-1 Big South). Match time at Vert Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
How to Follow the Flames
Live stats and video for the contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the live stats or video link on the men's soccer schedule/results page or by clicking the link at the top of this page. Both features will be provided courtesy of the High Point Athletic Media Relations department.
Tuesday night's contest will be the 24th meeting between the Panthers and the Flames on the soccer pitch. Liberty holds an 11-8-4 all-time advantage in the all-time series with High Point. Last season, the Flames defeated the Panthers, 2-1, in the first round of the Big South Championship in Conway, S.C. , on Nov. 13. Liberty also beat High Point during the regular season, 3-1, Sept. 30, in Lynchburg.
The last time the two teams met in High Point, the Flames downed the Panthers, 3-1, on Oct. 31, 2007.
A Look at Liberty
The Liberty Flames, coached by Jeff Alder (82-67-15, ninth year), will enter Tuesday's game, coming off their eighth shutout of the season in a 7-0 victory over Southern Virginia, Friday.
Six different players scored in the contest for the Flames. Darren Amoo netted two goals, while Phillip Aseweh, Andrew Scheck, Chris Phillips, Kyle Probst and Travis Joseph each scored single goals in the win. Andrew Madero and Panashe Nhekario shared the goalkeeping duties for Liberty in the victory.
In the Regional Rankings
Liberty remained in the No. 8 position in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South Atlantic region poll. Maryland held the top spot in this week's poll.
Home Sweet Home
Liberty is unbeaten at Osborne Stadium, posting a 6-0-1 record this season. The Flames have allowed only one goal at home in 2009. After allowing a goal in their season-opening 10-1 victory over Concord on Sept. 1, Liberty has shut out six straight opponents at home. The Flames have two home contests remaining at Osborne, Saturday against Winthrop and Tuesday against VMI.
In each of their first six victories this season, the Flames had scored the first goal of the contest. Last Tuesday night at Gardner-Webb, the trend did not hold, as Liberty scored the first marker of the game. However, the Bulldogs scored two unanswered goals in handing the Flames their first defeat, when scoring first. The contest was also the first in which Liberty allowed more than one goal.
Among the Nation's Elite
Liberty is among the top teams in the country in several categories in the NCAA Ranking Summary through games of Oct. 25.
With a 0.44 average, the Flames rank fourth in the nation in team goals-against average. Liberty also is listed No. 4 in the country with a .887 team save percentage.
The Flames are also among the top 10 in the country in scoring offense and shutout percentage. Liberty ranks fifth with a 0.62 shutout percentage. The Flames have blanked eight of their 13 opponents this season. Jeff Alder's team enters the week sixth in the nation in scoring offense, with 2.38 goals per contest.
Individually, forward Darren Amoo ranks among the top 10 scorers in the country. Amoo is listed seventh with 1.85 points per game. He also ranks ninth with 0.77 goals per contest. Liberty's team-leader, Amoo has scored 10 goals and four assists for 24 points so far this season.
Goalkeeper Andrew Madero continues to rank among the top keepers in the nation. The junior ranks third in two categories, with a 0.386 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.
The Big South Beat
The Winthrop Eagles (4-0-2) continue to sit atop the Big South standings. This past Saturday, Winthrop defeated UNC Asheville, 3-1, at home in Rock Hill, S.C. Senior midfielder Matthew Skonicki continues to pace the conference with 28 points and 11 goals.
Sunday, Coastal Carolina (2-0-3) picked up its second Big South victory, defeating VMI, 1-0 in overtime in Conway, S.C. The Chanticleers currently are in fourth place in the conference standings.
A Look at High Point
Tuesday night will be the final home contest of the season for the High Point Panthers. Under the guidance of head coach Dustin Fonder (21-27-5, third season), High Point is currently second in the Big South standings. The Panthers dropped a 2-1 decision at No. 14 N.C. State, last Wednesday, in their latest outing on the soccer pitch.
High Point is 2-2-1 at home this season. On the year, the Panthers have outscored their opponents, 20-16.
Senior midfielder Matt Tuttle leads High Point in scoring with 11 points on three goals and five assists. Freshman forward Fejiro Okiomah is second in points, having scored a team-leading four goals and assisting on two others.
Michael Chesler has logged every minute in goal this season for the Panthers. The sophomore has posted a 1.19 goals-against average with a .755 save percentage. He has recorded five shutouts.