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Liberty Travels to Washington, D.C. to Meet American
After having their last game postponed due to inclement weather, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team returns to action on Friday after a nine day layoff, when they travel to our nation's capital for a meeting with the American Eagles. The Flames (1-1) will be making their first visit to American (1-2-1). Match time at Reeves Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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Friday afternoon's match will be streamed live by the American Athletics Department for a nominal fee. For more information, please click on the "Live Video" link under men's soccer in the schedule bar on the main page.
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A Look at Liberty
The Liberty Flames, coached by Jeff Alder (98-74-16, 11 seasons), enter Friday afternoon's contest looking to build upon their first victory of 2011 on Aug. 30 at Osborne Stadium.
The Flames defeated the Longwood Lancers, 3-1, to even their ledger at 1-1 on the year. Forward Darren Amoo scored his first two goals and fellow forward Timothy Bullock added his first goal of the year in the victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Josh Pacella earned his first victory of his college career in Liberty's win. Having played every minute of the first two games of the year, the freshman has made five saves and allowed two goals. He enters Friday's contest with a 1.00 goals-against average.
Liberty was picked to finish third in the Big South standings at season's end in the conference's preseason poll. The Flames return 17 players from last season's 10-7-1 squad, including All-Big South first team defender Uriah Bentick, midfielder Phillip Aseweh and forward Amoo.
All-Time Against American
Liberty and American will meet for only the second time and for the first time not on a neutral field. In their only other previous contest, the Eagles defeated the Flames, 2-1, on Sept. 4, 2000 in the D.C. Challenge Cup played at George Mason in Fairfax, Va.
A Look at American
American will host its first match of 2011, Friday. After splitting two games during the D.C. Challenge this past weekend, the Eagles sport a 1-2-1 season ledger.
The Eagles' lone victory of the year came in a 3-2 win over George Washington on the first day of the D.C. Challenge last Friday. The victory was American head coach Todd West's 100th of his career (100-92-25, 12 seasons).
Picked to finish third in the Patriot League this season, the Eagles have been led on the attack by sophomore forward Alassane Kane, who has five points on two goals and an assist. Defenders Tyler Collins, Seth Goldman and Adem Gourturk each have netted one goal for the Eagles.
Senior goalkeeper Matt Makowski has started every game for American. The senior has posted a 1.89 goals-against average and 18 saves in 380 minutes.
Alder Two Shy of 100 Wins
Head coach Jeff Alder will enter Friday afternoon's match two wins from reaching 100 wins for his career. Alder has guided his alma mater to a 98-74-16 record over 11 seasons.
Alder's teams have averaged nearly 10 victories per season (9.7) over his first 10 seasons. In addition, he is the only coach to lead the Flames to a Big South Championship and a NCAA Tournament berth, doing so in 2007.
In the past four seasons, Liberty has recorded 10 or more victories each year, the longest consecutive double-digit season win total streak in the coach's tenure and the first time since the 1996-99 campaigns.
Moving up the Career Charts
Entering Friday's match, several Flames continue to climb up the Liberty career records list.
With two goals during the Flames' 3-1 victory over Longwood on Aug. 30, forward Darren Amoo moved into a fourth place tie on the school career goals list. The Accra, Ghana native is tied with current Liberty volunteer assistant coach Adrian Bumbut, who was a standout for the Flames from 2004-07, with 32 goals for his career.
In addition, Amoo now ranks sixth all-time in program annals with 72 career points. Darryl Roberts is Liberty's all-time leader in points, compiling 94 from 2002-06.
Meanwhile, with 14 assists each, senior midfielders Juan F. Niño and Phillip Aseweh are both one helper shy of breaking into the top 10 on the program's career list. With one more assist, either midfielder will join Bumbut in 10th place on the list with 15. Against Longwood, Aseweh recorded his first assist of the year on Amoo's second goal of the evening.
Entering Friday afternoon's game, defenders Chris Phillips and Greg White will look to extend their starting streaks. Phillips, a senior and two-time team captain, has started 44 straight games for the Flames. He has not been out of Liberty's starting 11 since Oct. 24, 2008.
Meanwhile, White has started every game during his time in a Liberty uniform. The redshirt junior has drawn an opening assignment in each of the last 40 Flames games. White has been a regular starter in each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, with his streak starting on Sept. 1, 2009 in a 10-1, Liberty victory over Concord.
A Look Ahead
Liberty travels to Charlottesville, Va., for a meeting with the No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers, Tuesday night. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.