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Liberty Men's Soccer Announces Schedule
Liberty head men's soccer coach Jeff Alder has released the schedule for the upcoming 2011 season. The Flames' slate is highlighted by a contest at Virginia and an eight-game home slate, which includes a visit by Big South rivals Winthrop and Radford.
The Flames will open their 2011 schedule and the 36th year of Liberty men's soccer with a home contest against the Longwood Lancers on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The meeting, which has become a traditional early season match for the Flames, will be the fifth-straight meeting between the Route 460 rivals and begin the 11-year of Alder's tenure as his alma mater's head coach.
After the home opener, Liberty will take to the road for three-straight road matches. A match at High Point on Sept. 5 will begin the string and start Big South Conference play. Four days later, the Flames will travel east for a contest at American on Sept. 9, before completing the stretch of road games with their annual visit to Virginia on Sept.13.
Alder's squad will finish out the month of September at Osborne Stadium, with three home matches. Liberty will welcome Howard on Sept. 16, followed by a midweek visit by Southern Virginia on Sept. 20. Cedarville closes out the first month of the campaign on Sept. 23.
The month of October opens with three road contests. The first two of the trio will be Big South matches at defending conference champion Coastal Carolina on Oct. 2 and Gardner-Webb on Oct. 8. Liberty will meet Wofford on Oct. 11 in Spartanburg, S.C. to end the road swing through the Carolinas.
The Flames return home on Oct. 14 for a Big South match with the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, followed by another conference contest with VMI on Oct. 18. The Winthrop Eagles will be the third Big South foe to visit Osborne Stadium on Oct. 22.
Liberty will then travel to Campbell for a conference match on Oct. 25. The Camels rejoined the Big South this summer. Four days later, the Flames wrap-up their road schedule with a conference game at UNC Asheville.
On Nov. 2, Liberty will conclude its regular season by hosting Radford in a Big South contest.
The Big South Championship will return to Gardner-Webb's Harbison-Greene Stadium for the second time in three years after serving as a substitute venue due to weather in 2009. The quarterfinals begin on Nov. 10, with the semifinals scheduled for Nov. 11 and the championship game being played on Nov. 13. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.
Liberty posted its four-straight double-digit win season in 2010, with a 10-7-1 record. The Flames finished tied for third in the Big South regular season standings with a 5-3 mark. Liberty returns nine of its 11 starters from a year ago, including first team Big South members Darren Amoo, Phillip Aseweh and Uriah Bentick.