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Flames Face Marshall, St. Francis (N.Y.) at Sculley Tournament

September 9, 2010
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Forward Darren Amoo

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will travel to Lexington, Va., Friday and Sunday for the second annual Sculley Memorial Tournament. Liberty (2-0) will meet the Marshall Thundering Herd (2-0-1) at VMI's Patchin Field in the opening game of the tournament, Friday at Noon. Sunday, the Flames square off with St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers (0-2) at the same venue in the third game of the tournament. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
Live stats for Friday and Sunday contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the men's soccer schedule/results page. The live stats will be provided courtesy of the VMI Athletic Media Relations Office.

A Look at Liberty
The Liberty Flames have opened 2010 with a 2-0 mark, posting shutouts of Bluefield and Longwood. The two wins move 10-year Flames Head Coach Jeff Alder's career mark to 89-69-15.

Liberty, which tied the program record with 12 shutouts in 2009, recorded its second blanking of 2010 at Longwood, Saturday. The Flames' defense allowed only four shots in a 2-0 triumph over the host Lancers.
Midfielder Phillip Aseweh scored his first goal of the year in the first half off a feed by midfielder Alex Verville to the front of the net. Forward Timothy Bullock later extended the advantage to the final 2-0 margin, with his first goal of the season. The junior beat a defender to a long pass by Liberty defender Brian Edman and put the ball away in the open net for the goal.

Liberty has started a season, 2-0, for the fourth consecutive year and has begun a campaign, 3-0, each of the past two seasons.

The Flames have received balanced scoring, with six different players netting goals through the first two games. Midfielder Thad Taylor and forward Darren Amoo have scored two goals each to lead Liberty, while Amoo (2 g-1a) and Aseweh (1g-3a) pace the Flames with five points each.

The Flames' 2010 roster has 17 players returning from last year's 12-5-3 squad, the third consecutive season Liberty has won 10 or more contests in a year.

Among those returning for the Flames are the 2009 Big South-leading goal scorer and South Atlantic Region team member Amoo, All-Big South forward Bullock, All-Big South midfielder Chris Phillips and midfielders, Aseweh, Verville, Taylor and Juan F. Niño. In addition, defenders Greg White and Chris Osborne also return for Liberty.

The 2009 Flames ranked fifth nationally in scoring offense by averaging 2.15 goals per game and seventh in the country in team goals-against average with a 0.53 GAA.

The Sculley Memorial Tournament
Big South member VMI will be the host for this weekend's Sculley Memorial Tournament. The tournament honors Jay Sculley, the first Keydet varsity men's soccer coach, and began last year. Sculley served as the team's coach from 1972-73 and from 1977-80. He also taught at the institution.

This year, the tournament will feature two games each on Friday and Sunday at Patchin Field. The four-team field includes Liberty, the Marshall Thundering Herd, the St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers and the host VMI Keydets. The Flames, Terriers and Keydets all participated in the first Sculley Tournament in 2009.

Liberty and VMI will not meet on the weekend, as the two squads will square off in Big South Conference play at Patchin Field on Nov. 2.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 10
Noon – Marshall vs. Liberty
4 p.m. – St. Francis (N.Y.) at VMI

Sunday, Sept. 12
1 p.m. – St. Francis (N.Y.) vs. Liberty
3:30 p.m. – Marshall at VMI

All-Time Against Marshall
Friday's meeting between the Thundering Herd and the Flames will be the seventh between the two schools on the soccer field. Liberty holds a 4-1-1 advantage in the series.

The Flames won the last meeting between the two squads on Sept. 6, 2008 at Huntington, W.Va., 3-2. Current Flames combined on the first goal of the Liberty victory. Forward Darren Amoo, now a redshirt sophomore, scored the first goal of the contest off a crossing pass from midfielder Chris Phillips, currently a redshirt junior, in the ninth minute.

The Flames added another goal in the first half by Cameron Chastain from another member of this year's roster, senior Thad Taylor, to take a 2-0 lead into intermission. However, the Thundering Herd tied the match at 2-2, before Liberty's Justin Willoughby scored off a pass from Juan F. Niño, a junior on this year's team, for the game-winner in the 70th minute.

All-Time Against St. Francis (N.Y.)
Sunday's game will be the second meeting all-time between the Terriers and Flames. Last season, the two schools met for the first time on Sept. 11 at the Sculley Memorial Tournament.

In a tightly-contested game, St. Francis (N.Y.) held off a late charge to edge Liberty, 1-0. The Terriers scored the lone goal of the contest in the 34th minute.

A Look at Marshall
Marshall will enter Friday's tilt with a 2-0-1 record after a 3-1 victory over Big South member Radford, Monday. The Thundering Herd is under the direction of Bob Gray, who is 141-134-18 in 16 seasons at Marshall. Gray is one of the NCAA's winningest coaches with 27 winning seasons and a career record of 396-210-43.

Four different Thundering Herd players have scored this season. Junior forward Carl Munday leads Marshall with three points, with a goal and an assist. Anthony Virgara, Dalton Hadlock and Jordan Hilgefort have also netted a goal.

The Thundering Herd returns nine starters and 14 letterwinners from last season's 10-7-2 squad. Forward Tom Jackson, who was the team's second-leading scorer with 13 points (5g-2a), is the top returning scorer from a year ago and goalkeeper Daniel Withrow, Conference USA Freshman of the Year and second team all-conference in 2009, is also back.

Withrow has played every minute in goal this year for Marshall, posting a 0.31 goals-against average and two shutouts.

A Look at St. Francis (N.Y.)
St. Francis (N.Y.) will meet Liberty on the final day of the Sculley Tournament for the second year in a row. The Terriers will face host VMI, Friday afternoon. St. Francis enters the weekend with a 0-2 record, falling to No. 10 UConn, 2-0, and Albany, 2-1, in its first two contests.

Last year, the Terriers posted their second straight double-digit win total, with a 10-6-2 overall mark and a 7-2-1 Northeast Conference record under Tom Giovatto (25-19-10, fourth year).

Giovatto's squad returns seven starters and nine players from last season's roster. Among the returners are John Salhag and Jeverton De Lorenzi, who were two of the top three scorers for the Terriers in 2010. De Lorenzi tied for the team lead with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Salhag was second with 12 points with four goals and four assists.

Midfielder Adam Maabdi has the lone goal for the Terrier so far on the year. The sophomore scored against Albany this past Saturday.

Curtis Julien, a transfer from Nyack, has played all the minutes in goal for St. Francis. The junior goalkeeper has a 2.00 goals-against average after facing 39 shots through the first two contests of the year.

South Atlantic Region Poll
Liberty has been ranked among the South Atlantic Region's top teams in the first regional rankings, released this past Tuesday. The Flames were ranked ninth in the NSCAA regional rankings.

First-Time Goal Scorers
Senior midfielder Thad Taylor scored two goals in Liberty's season-opening victory over Bluefield, Sept. 1. The two tallies were the first of his collegiate career.

Joining Taylor with his first collegiate goal in the season opener was sophomore defender Uriah Bentick. The defender scored the first goal of the 2010 campaign off a corner kick during the ninth minute of play.

One More for 90
Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder is one win shy of career victory No. 90. In his 10th season as the Flames head coach, Alder has posted an 89-69-15 career mark.

Alder's teams have averaged nearly 10 victories per season (9.67) over the Liberty graduate's first nine seasons. In addition, he is the only coach to lead the Flames to a Big South Championship and a NCAA Tournament berth, doing so in 2007.

In the past three seasons, Liberty has recorded 10 or more victories each year, the longest consecutive double-digit season win total streak in the coach's tenure.

Two More Flames Net First
Flames midfielder Phillip Aseweh and forward Timothy Bullock each scored their first goal of the season in Liberty's 2-0 victory over Longwood, Saturday. With the two Flames netting their first markers of the year, six Liberty players have scored a goal this season.

Joining Aseweh and Bullock as goal scorers already this season are Uriah Bentick, Darren Amoo, Thad Taylor and Alex Verville.

A Look Ahead
The Flames will travel to Boone, N.C., for a contest with the Appalachian State Mountaineers, Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m. The contest is the fourth of a seven-game road swing for Liberty.