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Flames Open Season with 6-0 Victory
With the victory, Liberty runs its season-opening winning streak to five consecutive. Bluefield drops to 1-1.
The Flames wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard in the contest, scoring their first goal of the contest in the ninth minute. Off a corner kick by midfielder Juan J. Niño, defender Chris Osborne lofted a pass into the middle of the 18-yard box for Uriah Bentick, who blasted a shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net for the first goal of the 2010 campaign. The marker was the sophomore's first of his Liberty career.
Less than two minutes later, the Flames made it, 2-0. Amoo shuffled a pass to Phillip Aseweh at the top of the penalty area. The midfielder turned and fired a pass to Alex Verville at the right post, and the midfielder buried a shot into the net for his first goal of the year at 9:53.
After entering the contest in the 31st minute, Taylor quickly found himself in the action in the 32nd minute. Forward Travis Joseph burst past a defender and moved into the left side of the 18-yard box dropping a pass off to the senior midfielder on the right wing. Taylor ran onto the ball and ripped a low shot into the lower left side of the net for his first collegiate goal and a 3-0 Flames' advantage.
Right before the end of the first half, Taylor tallied his second marker of the contest. Taking a pass to the front of the goal mouth by freshman Sam Duininck, the senior scored in the 43rd minute to give Liberty a 4-0 advantage at half.
Early in the second half, Liberty's Amoo found his scoring touch. Last season's Big South-leading goal scorer with 14, the forward netted his first goal of 2010 in the 54th minute of the contest. Aseweh led Amoo with a pass into the middle of the penalty area, which the forward scored to make it, 5-0.
Four minutes later, the two combined again for the final goal of the contest. Aseweh slipped a pass onto the foot of a moving Amoo inside the box, who tipped it home for his second goal and the final score of 6-0.
Liberty outshot Bluefield, 29-5 and also held a 7-5 advantage on corner kicks. Aseweh had three assists for the Flames, while Niño had two helpers.
Liberty goalkeeper Paul Gilbert did not record a save in his 71 minutes in goal, while Panashe Nhekairo made the only save by a Flame netminder during the final 19 minutes of play. Jeff Field made seven saves in almost 74 minutes in the Ram goal. Zach Breland collected two saves after taking over in the 75th minute.
The Flames begin a string of seven consecutive contests away from Lynchburg, Saturday evening, when they travel to Longwood for a match with the Lancers. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.