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Liberty Visits Presbyterian College for Big South Match
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team (6-5-1, 2-2 Big South) travels to Clinton, S.C., for a Big South Conference match against the Presbyterian College Blue Hose (2-8-1, 0-4 Big South), Friday at Martin Field. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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A Look at Liberty
The Flames return to conference play looking to halt a three-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Liberty fell to No. 2 North Carolina at Osborne Stadium, 2-0. After a three-game win streak from Sept. 21-Oct. 1, Liberty has seen its fortunes reverse.
Tuesday's contest ended a stretch for the Flames in which they faced the Big South Conference leader in High Point and two Top 5 teams in North Carolina and Virginia. The three teams are a combined 25-6-3 this season.
Liberty enters Friday's contest with a 1.83 goals per game average and a .098 goals-against average. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 22-12, so far this season.
Liberty is led by head coach Jeff Alder, who has posted a 93-74-16 record during his 10 years of guiding his alma mater. The Flames have averaged 10 wins per season during his tenure.
Forward Darren Amoo leads Liberty and is second in the conference in goals (7) and points (17). He has three assists to go along with his goal total.
Midfielder Phillip Aseweh is tied for fourth 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
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 12 games between the posts as the Liberty goalkeeper and has posted a 1.00 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage. Gilbert has recorded 36 saves in 1081 minutes this season.
As a team, the Flames have posted four shutouts this season.
All-Time Against Presbyterian College
Friday's contest between Presbyterian, the newest member of the Big South Conference, and Liberty will be the third meeting all-time between the two teams in a series which only began in 2008.
The Flames have won both meetings against the Blue Hose. Last season at Osborne Stadium, Liberty defeated Presbyterian, 1-0, on Oct. 16. Midfielder Phillip Aseweh netted the lone goal of the contest, his fourth of the season, in the ninth minute, and the Flames put together a strong defensive effort en route to their seventh shutout of 2009.
In the first meeting between the two teams in 2008, Liberty took a 2-1 win at Martin Field.
A Look at Presbyterian
The Blue Hose will be looking to put together their first win streak of the year, Friday. Presbyterian defeated Georgia Southern, 1-0, Tuesday night at Martin Field, snapping an eight-game losing skid.
Midfielder Stephen Glover's third goal of the season, just 1:52 into the contest, lifted the Blue Hose to the victory. The Presbyterian defense then weathered 15 shots to record the win.
Blue Hose is coached by Bret Boulware, who is in his 11th year (76-90-20) as the head coach of his alma mater.
Presbyterian is averaging 0.82 goals per game and has a 2.37 goals-against average. The Blue Hose have been outscored 25-9 during 2010.
With three goals, Glover leads the Blue Hose in goals and points with nine. Senior defender Logan Huff is next on squad, having tallied five points on two goals and one assists.
Goalkeeping duties have been shared among senior William Redmond, sophomore Andre Wallingford and senior James Neal.
Neal was in goal during the Blue Hose victory over Georgia Southern, Tuesday. The senior has a 1-2 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .828 save percentage. He has started three games and has recorded the only shutout by Presbyterian College.
Fellow senior William Redmond has made five starts in the goal for PC and is 1-3-1 on the year, with a 2.18 goals-against average. Wallingford has posted a 2.70 goals-against average in three starts.
Against the Big South
Liberty is 80-47-11 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.
Home Win Streak Comes to an End
Liberty saw its 13-game home unbeaten streak come to an end last 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 is 2-2 at home in 2010. The Flames had not allowed a goal on its home field since Sept. 1, 2009, before its contest with High Point.
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.
Forward Darren Amoo and midfielder Phillip Aseweh are among the top 20 in several offensive categories nationally.
Amoo is 15th in the country in both points and total goals. The Ghana native has totaled 17 points and seven goals this season.
Aseweh is 22nd in the nation in assists. The junior leads the Flames with five assists.
Moving Up on the Career Charts
Several Flames are climbing the Liberty career records list. Leading the way is goalkeeper Paul Gilbert whose 13 shutouts entering Friday's contest tied for fourth with current Liberty graduate assistant A.J. Madero on the program's shutout list. The redshirt junior also is tied for eighth all-time with Kevin Hicks, the Flames' keeper in 1986, with 127 career saves and sits fifth on Liberty's career goals-against average list with a 1.24 GAA.
Meanwhile, many of teammates are on the verge of cracking the Top 10 in various career categories. With 13 assists, junior midfielder Juan Niño is two shy of joining Adrian Bumbut (2004-07) on the career assists list.
Forward Darren Amoo enters Friday with 25 career goals, two shy of joining Jason Streets (1988-01) and Tommy Wait (1983-86) on the all-time roll. In addition, Amoo is eight points shy of cracking into the Top 10 in points. With 58 career points, the forward is eight points shy of tying Craig Bell (1979-81) and Marshall Worthington (1983-86) on the points chart.
A Look Ahead
The Flames return home Tuesday for a Big South contest. Liberty will host the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs at Osborne Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.