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LU Men's Soccer Earns NSCAA Academic Award

December 1, 2009
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The Liberty men's soccer team has been recognized with the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

The Liberty men's soccer team has been recognized with the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team has been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the association's team academic award for the 2008-09 academic year. The award recognizes programs with a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The Flames, who posted a 3.17 team GPA, were one of 141 men's soccer teams recognized by the NSCAA on its website, yesterday.
"I'm very proud of what this group of men has accomplished, on and off the field of play," stated Liberty men's soccer head coach Jeff Alder. "We are honored that the NSCAA has recognized our group for their hard work and dedication in the classroom.

"We spend time stressing the importance of stewardship, and I believe this has been manifested through this group academically, athletically, socially, and spiritually. We fell short of our goal of a Big South Championship, but our group demonstrated great resolve in spite of all the adversity we had to deal with. Injuries are a part of athletics, but in my 18 years of coaching I have never seen so many injuries during a three-day period.

"With six of our 11 starters carrying injuries into the final, some of which were season-ending injuries, other players stepped into new and different roles and represented Jesus Christ and our University with great passion, energy and enthusiasm. I'm very blessed to have been associated with such a special and selfless group of men."
For the third consecutive season, Liberty recorded a double-digit win total, finishing the year, 12-5-3. The Flames posted 12 shutouts in 2009, tying the1985 Liberty squad for most blankings in a season. Alder's team allowed 11 goals, the fewest by a Liberty team since 1999, ranking fifth in the nation with a 0.53 team goals-against average.