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Liberty to Host No. 4 North Carolina
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team (6-4-1, 2-2 Big South) hosts the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels (8-2, 5-0 ACC) at Osborne Stadium in a non-conference match, Tuesday evening. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
How to Follow the Flames
The contest will be video streamed live on video streamed LIVE. The feed will be available for a nominal fee on the Big South Network. The broadcast will also be available on the World Wide Web at both LibertyFlames.com and BigSouthSports.com.
Live stats, presented by GameTracker, for Tuesday's contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the men's soccer schedule/results page.
A Look at Liberty
For the second consecutive week, Liberty will step away from Big South action for a meeting with a team ranked in the Top 5 in the country. Last Tuesday, it was No. 4 Virginia. This Tuesday night, it will be No. 4 North Carolina.
Liberty, which saw a three-game win streak come to a halt last Tuesday against Virginia, enters its non-conference match on Tuesday looking to stop a two-game losing skid. The Flames were defeated Saturday, 2-0, at Osborne Stadium by Big South leader High Point.
Liberty is second in the Big South with 2.20 goals scored per game and is tied for second with 0.91 goals allowed per game.
The Flames are led by head coach Jeff Alder, who has posted a 93-73-16 record during his 10 years of guiding his alma mater.
Forward Darren Amoo leads Liberty and is second in the conference in goals (7) and points (17). The forward had tallied at least a point in each of his previous four games, before not collecting a point on Saturday. He also has three assists.
Midfielder Phillip Aseweh is tied for third in the Big South in points. He has four goals and five assists for 13 points. The junior is currently tied for second in the conference in assists and tied for fourth in goals.
Six other Flames, Thad Taylor (3), Uriah Bentick (2), Timothy Bullock (2), Alex Verville (2), Juan F. Niño (1), and Richard Nyarko (1), have also netted goals this season. Taylor is tied for eighth in the Big South in goals, while Verville is tied for fifth in the conference with three assists.
Paul Gilbert has started all 11 games between the posts as the Liberty goalkeeper and has posted a 0.91 goals-against average and a .767 save percentage. Gilbert has recorded 33 saves in 991 minutes this season.
As a team, the Flames have posted four shutouts and have allowed 10 goals this season.
All-Time Against North Carolina
Liberty and North Carolina will meet for the fifth time Tuesday. North Carolina has won each of the previous four meetings in the series, which began in 2006.
Last season, the Tar Heels held off a late rally by the Flames at Fitzer Field for a 1-0 victory. In the contest, North Carolina netted the lone goal of the match in the 75th minute. Forward Billy Schuler headed a pass into the right corner of the net for the decisive goal.
Liberty tried to get the equalizer with four shots on the Tar Heel goal over the last four minutes. However, goalkeeper Brook Haggerty made two diving saves to preserve the 1-0 win.
A Look at North Carolina
North Carolina enters Tuesday night's contest at Osborne Stadium atop the ACC standings with a 5-0 record and is ranked No. 4 in the latest national polls with an overall record of 8-2. The Tar Heels have won three straight matches, including a 1-0 victory over Wake Forest on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Led by head coach Elmar Bolovich (272-142-36, 22 Years), North Carolina has reached the NCAA College Cup Final Four the past two seasons.
The Tar Heels begin the week, averaging 1.80 goals per game, while allowing 0.90 goals per contest. North Carolina has recorded four shutouts this season.
Sophomore midfielder Enzo Martinez leads a balanced Tar Heel attack with nine points off a team-leading four goals and one assist. Fellow midfielders Michael Farfan and Kirk Urso follow with three goals and two assists apiece for eight points. Eddie Ababio and Martin Murphy have added two goals each for North Carolina, which has had nine different players net a goal this year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Scott Goodwin is in his first season as the starter in the Tar Heel goal. Goodwin has been in the North Carolina net every minute this season, posting a 0.90 goals-against average and a .727 save percentage.
Home Win Streak Comes to an End
Liberty saw its 13-game home unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday with its loss to High Point.
The Flames had not lost at home since Oct. 3, 2008, when they were edged by Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in overtime.
Liberty will begin the week 2-1 at home in 2010. The Flames had not allowed a goal on its home field since Sept. 1, 2009, before Saturday's contest.
On the Road
The Flames are 3-3-1 on the road and 1-0-1 on neutral fields this season, so far 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.
A Look Ahead
Liberty travels to Clinton, S.C., for a Big South Conference match with the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Flames return home on Oct. 19 for another conference match. Liberty will host the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs at Osborne Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.