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Liberty Completes Home Slate with 2-0 Victory
With its third consecutive victory, Liberty moves its Big South Conference record to 3-1-2 and its overall ledger to 9-3-3 on the year. VMI drops to 1-6 in Big South play and 2-13-1 overall.
Liberty's shutout was the 10th of the season for Flames and helped head coach Jeff Alder's team close out its 2009 home schedule unbeaten with an 8-0-1 record. This season, Liberty outscored its opponents, 30-1, at home. In addition, the win runs the Flames' home unbeaten streak to 12 matches (10-0-2), yielding only one goal over the stretch.
In the 22nd minute, Liberty netted its first goal of the evening to take a 1-0 advantage. Midfielder Aseweh (So, Navrongo, Ghana) sent a crossing pass to the left side of the 18-yard box for forward Darren Amoo (R-So., Accra, Ghana), who fired a shot into the top half of the goal for his team-leading 12th marker of the year.
Liberty extended its lead in the 60th minute of play. Midfielder Juan Niño (So., Katy, Texas) pushed a pass past the VMI defenders and into space for Aseweh. The midfielder ran on to the ball on the left side of the penalty area and found the back of the lower right corner of the net for his seventh goal of the year and the final score of 2-0.
The Flames outshot the Keydets, 26-8, in the contest and also held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Andrew Madero (GK, Tampa, Fla.) recorded two saves on the night, backstopping another solid defensive effort by Liberty. Brian Sowell made nine saves in the contest for VMI.
Before the contest, the five seniors on the Flames' roster were recognized. Defenders Chris Mandell (Bowling Green, Va.) and Michael Ward (Seffner, Fla.), along with midfielder Juan Guzman (Charlotte, N.C), forward Kyle Probst (Northumberland, Pa.) and forward Andrew Scheck (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) were acknowledged for their service to God through soccer.
Liberty takes to the road for its final two regular-season games, starting Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Flames will meet the High Point Panthers, Wednesday at Vert Stadium, in a Big South contest rescheduled due to heavy rains and poor field conditions a week ago.
VMI finishes its regular season, Saturday. The Keydets will visit the Presbyterian Blue Hose in a Big South Conference match, scheduled for 7 p.m.