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Liberty to Square Off With No. 3 Virginia
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team (6-2-1) visits 2009 NCAA National Champion and No. 3-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (6-2-1) for a non-conference match, Tuesday evening at Klockner Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Live stats for Tuesday night's contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the men's soccer schedule/results page. The stats will be provided courtesy of the Virginia Media Relations department.
A Look at Liberty
Liberty will enter Tuesday night's contest riding a three-game winning streak, featuring back-to-back shutouts of two Big South Conference opponents, after its 1-0 victory over Coastal Carolina, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.
Forward Darren Amoo picked up a clearing attempt by the Coastal Carolina defender in the 29th minute and passed it ahead for fellow forward Timothy Bullock, who moved up the left side of the field into open space. The junior fired a shot from the top left corner of the 18-yard penalty area into the far right corner of the net for the contest's lone goal and his second goal of the year.
The victory was the fourth shutout of the season for the Flames. It lowered Liberty's goals-against average to 0.65 for the year.
Head Coach Jeff Alder's (93-71-16, 10th Year) team leads the Big South Conference in goals allowed per game (0.67) and is tied for the conference lead in goals per game (2.33).
Amoo and Aseweh sit atop the conference's individual scoring chart. Amoo has tallied a Big South-leading seven goals and has two assists for 16 points, tying for the conference lead with High Point's Karo Okiomah. Aseweh is third in scoring with five assists and four goals for 13 points. The midfielder's assist total ranks second in the Big South.
Six other Flames, Thad Taylor (3), Uriah Bentick (2), Timothy Bullock (2), Juan F. Niño (1), , Alex Verville (1) and Richard Nyarko (1), have also dented the scoreboard this season. Taylor is tied for sixth in the Big South in goals.
Paul Gilbert has started all nine games between the posts as the Liberty goalkeeper and leads the conference with a 0.67 goals-against average and a .824 save percentage. Gilbert has recorded 28 saves in 811 minutes this season.
All-Time Against Virginia
Liberty and Virginia will be meeting for the 19th time on Tuesday night. After tying in 2009, the Cavaliers have a 17-0-1 advantage in the series.
Last season, the Flames and then No. 11 Cavaliers played to a 1-1 draw at Klockner Stadium on Oct. 13.
After Virginia had scored in the 77th minute, Liberty found the equalizer in the 79th minute. A corner kick by midfielder Juan Guzman found forward Darren Amoo in the 18-yard box, who knotted the game with his eighth goal of the year.
A Look at Virginia
No. 3 Virginia (6-2-1) is in the midst of six consecutive home games, falling 1-0 to No. 2 North Carolina in the second contest of the span and an ACC match-up, Saturday. The 2009 NCAA National Champions' two setbacks this season have come in conference play, as the Cavaliers are 5-0 against non-conference opposition this year.
Virginia, in its 15th season under George Gelnovatch (220-81-26), has recorded five shutouts this season with a 0.54 goals-against average.
Forwards Will Bates and Brian Span pace the Cavaliers in scoring. Bates, a 2010 Hermann Trophy candidate, leads the team with four goals and one assist. Span ranks second with three goals and two assists. Midfielder Jimmy Simpson has also scored three goals.
Senior goalkeeper and preseason All-America selection Diego Restrepo has started all nine of the Cavaliers' matches in 2010. He has allowed five goals this season, compiling a 0.54 goals-against average. In addition, Restrepo is approaching the school record for career shutouts of 28 set by Ryan Burke from 2003-06. So far in his two seasons as a Cavalier, Restrepo has tallied 21 shutouts.
Back to the Road
After playing at home for just the second time this season Saturday, the Flames will take to the road again for Tuesday's contest. Liberty is 3-2-1 on the road and 1-0-1 on neutral fields this season.
The Flames played seven straight games away from Osborne Stadium, before this past Saturday's game against Coastal Carolina. 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.
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.
Home Sweet Home
The Flames are 2-0 at home in 2010 after their 1-0 victory over Coastal Carolina this past Saturday. The victory moves Liberty's unbeaten home streak to 13 straight games. 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 11-0-2 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 nine home contests.
Starting with this past 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 the most recent NCAA Statistical Report, compiled through games of Oct. 2, the Flames rank tied for 10th in the country in total goals scored with 21. Liberty is also 15th in scoring offense, averaging 2.33 goals per game. On the defensive side of things, the Flames are 22nd in the nation in team goals against average, with a 0.65 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 12th in the country with a 1.78 points per game average, while Aseweh is 37th in the same listing with a 1.44 points per game average. Amoo also ranks tied sixth nationally with 16 total points and Aseweh is tied 30th with 13 points.
Liberty's Darren Amoo and Phillip Aseweh are currently among the Big South leaders in scoring. Amoo is tied for the conference lead with 16 points. He also leads the conference with seven goals, while Aseweh is third in the Big South with 13 points on four goals and five assists. The junior midfielder's five assists place him in the conference 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.
A Look Ahead
Liberty returns home Saturday for a Big South Conference match with the High Point Panthers. Match time is scheduled for Noon at Osborne Stadium.