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Liberty Welcomes VMI on Senior Day

November 1, 2009
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Senior Michael Ward and the Flames will host their final contest of the year, Monday night at Osborne Stadium.

Senior Michael Ward and the Flames will host their final contest of the year, Monday night at Osborne Stadium.

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The Liberty Flames (8-3-3, 2-1-2 Big South) will host the VMI Keydets (2-12-1, 1-5 Big South), Monday evening at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Before the match, the five seniors on the Liberty roster will be recognized.

How to Follow the Flames
Live stats and video for the contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the appropriate links on the men's soccer schedule/results page or by clicking the links at the top of this page.

The Series
Monday will be the 17th meeting between VMI and Liberty on the soccer pitch. The Flames hold a 14-1-1 all-time advantage in the series.

Last season, Juan Nino scored late in the second overtime period, as Liberty defeated VMI, 3-2 in double overtime, Nov. 4, in Lexington, Va.

A Look at Liberty
The Liberty Flames, coached by Jeff Alder (83-67-15, ninth year), defeated the Winthrop Eagles at Osborne Stadium, 3-0, Saturday. The contest started a stretch of four games in seven days for the Flames to close out the 2009 regular season.

Senior Night
Monday night's game will be the final home contest of the season for the Flames. Before the contest, five Liberty seniors – Juan Guzman, Chris Mandell, Kyle Probst, Andrew Scheck and Michael Ward – will be recognized for their service to God through soccer.

Home Sweet Home
Liberty is unbeaten at Osborne Stadium, posting a 7-0-1 record this season. The Flames have allowed only one goal at home in 2009. After yielding a goal in their season-opening 10-1 victory over Concord on Sept. 1, Liberty has shut out seven straight opponents at home.

Schedule Changes
Wednesday night, Liberty will make up its contest with High Point. The Flames and Panthers' Big South contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. The two were scheduled to play last Tuesday, but heavy rains and poor field conditions caused the game to be postponed.

Score First
In each of their eight victories this season, Liberty has scored the first goal of the contest. Liberty added to that trend this past weekend in their victory over Winthrop. The only time the trend has not held was in a 2-1 setback at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 20. The Flames netted the first goal of the contest, only to see the home team rally for the win.

Big South Beat
With one week remaining in the regular season, the Big South Conference race has tightened for top seeding for the upcoming Big South Championship at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C., Nov. 12-15.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers improved to 3-0-3 in conference play with a 2-1 victory over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (2-4-1), Saturday at Greenwood Field in Asheville, N.C. The Chanticleers finish their Big South schedule Tuesday night, with a visit to Winthrop (4-1-2), who currently holds first place in the conference standings.

High Point defeated VMI, 4-0, Friday in Lexington, Va., to move to 4-1-1 in the Big South standings. The Panthers, one of three teams with four wins in conference play (Winthrop and Gardner-Webb are the others), have two Big South matches remaining. High Point squares off with Radford,
Monday night, before meeting Liberty in a rescheduled match at home, Wednesday.

Gardner-Webb, who is also in the mix for one of the top four seeds, has completed Big South play with a 4-3-1 record.

A Look at VMI
VMI will come to Lynchburg on Monday, looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Keydets were defeated by High Point, 4-0, Friday, in their last home game of the season.

Under the guidance of Ben Freakly (12-51-6, third season at VMI), the Keydets have been outscored by their opponents, 30-10, this season. VMI's lone conference win came at home this season over Gardner-Webb, 2-0, on Oct. 14. The victory was the Keydets' only blanking of 2009.

Junior midfielder Brian Harding leads VMI in scoring with three goals and an assist for seven points. Freshman midfielder Forrest Moul is second in team scoring with two goals and an assist for five points. David Rachow has also netted two goals for the Keydets.

Junior Brian Sowell has started 13 of 14 games in the VMI goal. The junior has a 1.92 goals-against average and .761 save percentage. He has recorded one shutout.