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Flames Welcome Gardner-Webb to Osborne Stadium for Conference Tilt
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team (7-5-1, 3-2 Big South) hosts the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (4-8, 2-2 Big South) in a Big South Conference match, Tuesday at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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A Look at Liberty
The Flames return to conference play was successful, Friday night. Liberty's 2-1 victory at Presbyterian College halted a three-game losing streak. Tuesday, Liberty will be looking to tally its second-straight Big South win, when it welcomes the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs to Osborne Stadium.
Liberty will enter Tuesday's conference match with a 1.85 goals per game average and a 1.00 goals allowed average. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 24-13, so far this season.
Liberty is led by head coach Jeff Alder, who has posted a 94-74-16 record during his 10 years of guiding his alma mater. The Flames have averaged 10 wins per season during his tenure.
Alder's team is second in the Big South Conference in goals-per-game with a 1.85 average, while ranking third in the conference in fewest goals allowed with 13.
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 have also netted goals this season. Midfielder Thad Taylor and Uriah Bentick each have scored three goals , while Timothy Bullock, Alex Verville and Juan F. Niño have netted two markers apiece. Midfielder Richard Nyarko has added one goal.
Paul Gilbert has started all 13 games between the posts as the Liberty goalkeeper and has posted a 1.00 goals-against average and a .755 save percentage. Gilbert has recorded 40 saves in 1,171 minutes this season.
As a team, the Flames have posted four shutouts this season.
All-Time Against Gardner-Webb
Tuesday's contest will be the 11th meeting all-time between the two teams in a series which began in 1992. Liberty holds a 7-2-1 record in the all-time series.
The two teams have split two games, each winning on their home field, since Gardner-Webb joined the Big South as a full-time member in 2008.
Last season, Liberty's Phillip Aseweh gave the Flames a 1-0 advantage in the 48th minute, scoring off a rebound of a Darren Amoo shot at Gardner-Webb's Greene-Harbison Field. However, the host Bulldogs rallied with goals from Gerard Hefferon and Romeo Kabanda to defeat Liberty, 2-1, on Oct. 20, 2009. Kabanda's decisive goal came in the 85th minute.
In the last meeting between the two squads in Lynchburg, Flames standout Joshua Boateng scored twice and midfielder Juan Guzman added another in a 3-0 win on Oct. 21, 2008.
A Look at Gardner-Webb
After a 2-1 loss to Coastal Carolina at home on Saturday, Gardner-Webb will be looking not only to get back in the win column, but go back above .500 in Big South action.
The Bulldogs have been outscored by their opponents so far this season, 22-14. Gardner-Webb is averaging 1.17 goals scored per game, while allowing 1.83 goals per contest.
The Bulldogs are in their 23rd season under head coach Tony Setzer (159-255-27). Setzer is the winningest coach in Gardner-Webb history with 159 victories.
Midfielder Nicolas Wrobel leads the Bulldogs in goals with six and points with 14. Wrobel is tied for fourth in the Big South in goals and fifth in points. Fellow midfielder Romeo Kabanda has also reached a double-digit point total. Kabanda has netted three goals and had four assists for 10 points, so far this season. Forward Christopher Davis is the only other Gardner-Webb player with more than one goal so far this season. The freshman has scored two markers for the Bulldogs.
Junior Adam Garcia has started all 12 games in Gardner-Webb's goal this season. In his first season as the starter, Garcia has recorded a 1.82 goals-against average and a .650 save percentage. He has 39 saves and posted four shutouts.
Each of the four Bulldog victories has been a shutout this season.
Against the Big South
Liberty is 81-47-11 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.
A Quick Look at the Standings
With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, teams are starting to jockey for position in the conference standings for seeding for the 2010 Big South Championship.
High Point, the preseason favorite, is on top of the standings with a 5-0 record. Coastal Carolina and Radford are currently tied for second with a 4-1 mark, followed by the Flames at 3-2. Gardner-Webb is next with a 2-2 record, while Winthrop still remains in the mix for a top four seed with a 2-3 record.
This week, things will sort themselves out even more with two key Big South match-ups. Gardner-Webb at Liberty on Tuesday and Coastal Carolina visiting Winthrop on Saturday will play key roles in helping determine standing this week.
Home Win Streak Comes to an End
Liberty saw its 13-game home unbeaten streak come to an end on Oct. 9 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 had not allowed a goal on its home field since Sept. 1, 2009, before its contest with High Point.
With three contests remaining at Osborne Stadium, the Flames are 2-2 at home so far this season.
On the Road
The Flames are 4-3 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 an Oct. 2 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.
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 Tuesday's contest tie him for fourth with current Liberty graduate assistant A.J. Madero on the program's shutout list. In addition, Gilbert sits fifth on Liberty's career goals-against average list with a 1.23 GAA. After recording four saves on Friday at Presbyterian College, the redshirt junior is also eighth all-time with 131 career saves.
Meanwhile, many of Gilbert's teammates are on the verge of cracking the Top 10 in various career categories. With 13 assists, junior midfielder Juan F. Niño is two shy of joining Adrian Bumbut (2004-07) on the career assists list in the 10th position.
Forward Darren Amoo has 25 career goals starting the week, 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 will host the Southern Virginia Knights at Osborne Stadium, Friday night. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Before the game, the three current seniors, Thad Taylor, Panashe Nhekairo and Chris Osborne will be recognized.