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Liberty Welcomes Coastal Carolina for Big South Match
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team (5-2-1, 1-1 Big South) hosts the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (4-3-1, 0-0 Big South) for a Big South Conference tilt, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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A Look at Liberty
Liberty recorded its third shutout of the season, with a 3-0 victory at Winthrop, the reigning Big South Champions, in its last outing, Saturday.
Forward Darren Amoo, the Big South's leading scorer, got the Flames on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute. The forward headed in a crossing pass by midfielder Phillip Aseweh, the conference's second leading scorer, from six yards away for his first goal of the evening.
Amoo's second goal of the evening, and his seventh of the year, came in the 51st minute and pushed the visitors' edge to 2-0. Defender Greg White headed down a pass into the 18-yard box by Aseweh in front of the goal mouth, which Amoo poked into an open net to extend the Liberty advantage.
Midfielder Richard Nyarko capped the scoring at 74:53. The sophomore scored his first goal in a Liberty uniform by stepping in front of a clearing attempt by the Eagle goalkeeper and placing the loose ball into the open net for the final score of 3-0.
Entering Saturday's match, Head Coach Jeff Alder's (92-71-16, 10th Year) team leads the Big South Conference in both goals per game (2.50) and in goals allowed per game (0.73).
Amoo and Aseweh sit atop the conference's individual scoring chart. Amoo has tallied a Big South-leading seven goals and had one assist to pace the conference with 15 points. Aseweh is second in scoring with a conference-leading five assists and four goals, the second most by a Big South player, for 13 points.
Six other Flames, Thad Taylor (3), Uriah Bentick (2), Juan F. Niño (1), Timothy Bullock (1), Alex Verville (1) and Nyarko (1), have also dented the scoreboard this season. Taylor is tied for fourth in the Big South in goals.
Paul Gilbert has started all eight games between the posts as the Liberty goalkeeper and leads the conference with a 0.75 goals-against average and .800 save percentage. Gilbert has recorded 24 saves in 721 minutes this season.
All-Time Against Coastal Carolina
Saturday afternoon's match will be the 21st meeting between the Flames and Chanticleers on the soccer field. Coastal Carolina holds a 13-6-1 advantage, in the all-time series. Liberty will be looking for its first win against the Chanticleers since 2006.
Last season, the two teams played to a 0-0 tie at CCU Soccer Field in Conway, S.C. on Oct. 3. The contest was the last of four straight games that the Flames held their opponent scoreless.
In addition, Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty, 2-1 in overtime, in the last meeting between the two teams in Lynchburg on Oct. 3, 2008. It is the last time the Flames have been defeated at home.
Liberty last defeated Coastal Carolina on Sept. 19, 2006 at the former Liberty Soccer Field. The program's all-time leading scorer, Darryl Roberts, netted his fourth goal of the season in the 19th minute, while junior forward Toby Lewis scored his second goal of the year in the 27th minute, helping the Flames to a 2-1 victory.
A Look at Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina enters its first Big South match of the year, Saturday, coming off a 1-0 win at No. 24 UNC Wilmington, Tuesday.
The Chanticleers have outscored their opponents, 12-7, on the year and have held opposing squads to a 0.83 goals-against average so far this season. Coastal Carolina's goals-against average ranks second in the Big South.
Fresham midfielder Pedro Riberio leads the Chanticleers in scoring with seven points. The midfielder has scored a team-leading three goals and had an assist. Defender Ross Kelly has also has three goals for Coastal Carolina, which has seen six different players net goals this season.
Junior Scott Angevine, who was first team All-Big South last season, has been the starter between the posts for all eight Chanticleer contests this year. Angevine has posted a 0.84 goals-against average, which currently ranks second in the conference. The junior has also made 27 saves and recorded two shutouts this season.
Coastal Carolina is led by Shaun Docking (148-79-23, 12 Years), who has won five Big South Coach of the Year Awards and led the Chanticleers to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Against the Big South
With its first conference win of 2010 this past Saturday, Liberty is 79-46-11 all-time in Big South action. The Flames have posted a .500 or better conference ledger in 17 out of their 19 seasons in the Big South. In 2007, Liberty won its lone Big South Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
On Saturday, Liberty will be facing its third Big South opponent opening conference play. The Flames began Big South action on Sept. 11 at Radford in the first conference clash of 2010. This past Saturday, Liberty faced Winthrop, who had not played a Big South match.
Coastal Carolina will come to Lynchburg on Saturday for its first conference game of 2010. Last season, the Chanticleers finished atop the Big South regular season standings, posting a 5-0-3 record. Liberty was third with a 4-2-2 mark.
Home Sweet Home
Saturday will be the first home game for the Flames since the 2010 season opener against Bluefield on Sept. 1.
Liberty will enter the contest with a 12-game unbeaten streak at home. The Flames have not lost at home since Oct. 3, 2008, when they were edged by Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in overtime.
During the span, Liberty is 10-0-2 at Osborne Stadium. The Flames went unbeaten on their home field last season, posting an 8-0-1 mark. Liberty outscored their opponents, 30-1, at home last year and has not allowed a goal at Osborne Stadium since Sept. 1, 2009. The shutout streak extends over the Flames last eight home contests.
Amoo Named Big South Co-Player of the Week
Liberty forward Darren Amoo and High Point forward Scott Rojo were selected as the Big South Conference Men's Soccer Co-Players of the Week for games played Sept. 20-26. The Big South office announced the selections on Tuesday.
Amoo, a redshirt sophomore from Accra, Ghana, recorded back-to-back multi-goal games as Liberty posted a 2-0 record last week, including a win over Big South foe Winthrop. At Howard on Sept. 21, he connected on a shot from 18 yards out in the 26th minute and followed with a score on a penalty kick in the 32nd minute as Liberty picked up a 4-1 win.
Three days later at Winthrop, Amoo put in two headers, including the game-winner in the Flames' 3-0 win over the Eagles. The games marked his second and third multi-goal matches this season and pushed his career total to seven.
Rojo had a hand in all four goals in High Point's 4-0 win over Gardner-Webb on Sept. 25. Rojo set a school record with three assists in the game and netted the Panthers' first goal.
In the most recent NCAA Statistical Report, compiled through games of Sept. 26, the Flames rank sixth in the country in total goals scored with 20. Liberty is also 12th in scoring offense, averaging 2.5 goals per game. On the defensive side of things, the Flames are 31st in the nation in team goals against average, with a 0.73 GAA.
Individually, forward Darren Amoo and midfielder Phillip Aseweh are among the national Top 30 in two point production categories. Amoo enters the week ranked 11th in the country with a 1.88 points per game average, while Aseweh is 27th in the same listing with a 1.63 points per game average. Amoo also ranks ninth nationally with 15 total points and Aseweh is 14th with 13 points.
With seven goals on the season, Amoo lists fourth on the total goals list. The forward also is sixth in the country with a 0.88 goals per game average. Meanwhile, Aseweh is 10th in total assists with five. The Ghana native is averaging 0.63 assists per game.
After opening the 2010 season at home on Sept. 1, the Flames took to the road for seven straight games away from Osborne Stadium. The span of games ended this past Saturday night at Winthrop. Seven straight road games ties the most consecutive games away from Lynchburg for the Flames in program history.
The last time Liberty had seven consecutive road games on its schedule was in 1986. That year, Head Coach Bill Bell's team finished its campaign with seven straight road tilts.
This season, the Flames opened their string of road trips with a win at Longwood on Sept. 4 and closed it with a victory at Winthrop, posting a 4-2-1 record during the span. Five of the contests were true road games, while two were on a neutral field, VMI's Patchin Field, during the Sculley Memorial Tournament in Lexington, Va., Sept. 10-12.
Starting with Saturday's contest, Liberty will enjoy some "home cooking" in October, as the schedule swings to matches at Osborne Stadium. The Flames will play six of the final nine scheduled matches of 2010 at home. In addition, of their three away games, Liberty only leaves the Commonwealth of Virginia on Oct. 15 for a Big South contest at Presbyterian College.
Liberty's Darren Amoo and Phillip Aseweh are currently first and second in Big South scoring. Amoo leads the conference with 15 points and seven goals, while Aseweh is second in the Big South with 13 points on four goals and five assists. The junior midfielder's five assists tie him for the conference lead in the category.
Last season, Amoo and Aseweh led the Flames in scoring. Amoo posted 33 points on a Big South-leading 14 goals, while adding five assists. The forward's season point total tied for the fourth-highest figure in school history. Meanwhile, Aseweh recorded 20 points in his first season in a Liberty uniform after transferring from Virginia Tech. He scored seven goals and assisted on six others.
Lending a Hand
The midfield trio of Phillip Aseweh, Alex Verville and Juan F. Niño has helped propel the Liberty offensive attack this season, combining for 10 assists this season. One of the three has assisted on half of the Flames' goals this season.
As mentioned earlier, Aseweh is tied for the Big South lead in assists with five, while Verville has recorded three assists. Niño has assisted on two.
A Look Ahead
Liberty will make its annual trip to Charlottesville, Va., for a non-conference meeting with the No. 3-ranked and defending NCAA National Champion Virginia Cavaliers, Tuesday. Match time at Klockner Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.