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Liberty Men's Soccer to Hold Senior Night Friday
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team (7-6-1) steps away from Big South Conference play for its final non-conference match of the season, Friday night. The Flames will host the Southern Virginia Knights (7-6) at 7 p.m. at Osborne Stadium. Before the game, the three seniors on the Liberty roster will be recognized.
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Live stats, presented by GameTracker, for Friday'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
The Flames will enter Friday's match with a 1.71 goals per game average and a 1.07 goals allowed average. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 24-15, so far this season.
Liberty is led by head coach Jeff Alder, who has posted a 94-75-16 record during his 10 years of guiding his alma mater. The Flames have averaged 10 wins per season during his tenure.
Liberty fell to Gardner-Webb, 2-0, in their latest outing on Tuesday. The Flames outshot the Bulldogs, 20-8, in the game, but could not get on the scoreboard.
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 second on the squad with 13. The midfielder has scored four goals and recorded five assists. 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 14 games between the posts as the Liberty goalkeeper. He has posted a 1.07 goals-against average and a .737 save percentage, so far this season. Gilbert has recorded 42 saves in 1,261 minutes this season.
All-Time Against Southern Virginia
Friday's contest will be the seventh meeting all-time between Southern Virginia, located in Buena Vista, Va., and Liberty. The Flames have won each of the previous meetings, holding a 6-0 record in the all-time series.
Last season, Liberty defeated Southern Virginia, 7-0, at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 23. Darren Amoo netted two goals in the contest for the Flames, while Juan F. Niño had three assists in the game.
A Look at Southern Virginia
The Knights have posted a 7-6 record, outscoring their opponents, 23-14, this season. Southern Virginia has scored 1.8 goals per game this season, while allowing 1.10.
The Knights have lost four straight matches, including a 1-0 loss to Ferrum in their latest outing on Wednesday. Southern Virginia had started the year with a 7-2 record.
The Knights are under the guidance of first-year head coach Jedd Zaring. Before taking over the coaching duties at Southern Virginia, Zaring had a long tenure as the coach of Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Va.
Chris Teerlink leads the Knights in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Brandon Seeberger is second on the team with four goals.
Richard Crist and Ben May have split time in the Knight's goal this season. With Crist playing one half and May the other throughout the year. Crist has recorded a 1.24 goals-against average, while May has compiled a 0.77 goals-against average.
Recognizing the Seniors
Friday night, the Liberty men's soccer program will recognize the three seniors on its roster. Thad Taylor, a midfielder from Spring, Texas, Panashe Nhekairo, a goalkeeper from Smyrna, Ga., and Chris Osborne, a defender from Oxford, Md.
Taylor has seen action in 52 games during his Liberty career and has played in all 13 games this year as a key substitute. The midfielder has netted three goals, while compiling five assists during his career. The Biblical Studies major is a three time member of the Big South Honor Roll and five time Dean's list member.
Nhekairo has played well when called upon to play between the posts. The goalkeeper recorded a shutout in his first collegiate start last season in Liberty's victory over Radford in the Big South semifinals last season, helping the Flames advance to the finals. Nhekairo is a three-time member of the Big South Honor Roll and a six-time member of the Dean's List.
Osborne has been a starter at defender the past two seasons and has played in 52 games during his career. Last season, he scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over Winthrop. The defender is a two-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and four-time Dean's List member.
A Quick Look at the Big South Standings
With less than 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 is alone in second place after Radford lost 3-0 at VMI, Wednesday. The defeat dropped the Highlanders to 4-2 in the standings, just above Gardner-Webb who moved to 3-2. The Bulldogs added to their earlier this week with a 2-0 win over Liberty, dropping the Flames to 3-3 in conference.
This weekend, Coastal Carolina visits Winthrop on Saturday in Big South play.
The Flames are 2-3 at Osborne Stadium so far this season, after dropping a 2-0 decision to Gardner-Webb, Tuesday.
After Liberty put together a 13-game home unbeaten streak from Oct. 14, 2009 - Oct. 9, 2010, the Flames have dropped three consecutive home games.
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 Friday'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 1.25 GAA. The redshirt junior is also eighth all-time with 138 career saves, two shy of joining Kevin Mahan, who played goal for the Flames from 2002-06, in seventh place.
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 entering Friday's game, two shy of joining Jason Streets (1988-01) and Tommy Wait (1983-86) on the all-time roll in ninth place. 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 in the No. 9 position.
A Look Ahead
The Flames will take a break from competition for 10 days, before returning to the pitch on Nov. 2 at VMI. The Big South Conference match is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Patchin Field.