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Liberty Starts Three Straight Home Games with Match against Howard
Winners of their last three contests, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team begins a stretch of three consecutive home games with a match against the Howard Bison, Friday. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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A Look at Liberty
Coming off a 2-0 win at No. 12 Virginia on Tuesday, the Liberty Flames (3-1) enter Friday's contest having won three-straight contests.
Tuesday night, the Flames claimed the program's first ever win over Virginia. Liberty's Chris Phillips and Phillip Aseweh each scored goals within a three-minute span during the second half, pushing the Flames past the No. 12 Cavaliers, 2-0, at Klockner Stadium.
The Flames broke a scoreless tie at 71:42. Off a free kick, defender Sam Duininck's header was blocked into the air. Phillips, who was free in the middle of the box, headed the ball past traffic and into the net for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 Liberty advantage.
Less than three minutes later, the Flames extended their lead to the final 2-0 margin. Forward Timothy Bullock drew several defenders to him and dropped a pass for Aseweh in the center of the box. Catching the Cavalier goalkeeper out of his net, the midfielder blasted a shot into the open right side for his first goal of the year at 74:28.
With the win, Liberty head coach Jeff Alder recorded the 100th career coaching victory. He has posted a 100-74-16 mark during his 11 seasons guiding his alma mater. So far this season, his squad has outscored its opponents, 7-3.
The Flames have showed a balanced scoring attack early in the season, as four different players have netted goals. Forward Darren Amoo leads the squad with three goals and six points. Seniors Phillip Aseweh, Timothy Bullock and Chris Phillips have each recorded four points each. Phillips has scored two goals, while Aseweh and Bullock have two assists and a goal each.
Freshman goalkeeper Josh Pacella has manned the Liberty net for every minute of the 2011 season. He has posted a 0.71 goals-against average and a .700 save percentage. He recorded his first collegiate shutout in Liberty's victory Tuesday.
All-Time Against Howard
Liberty and Howard will be meeting for the 10th time Friday. Despite the Flames winning the last three meetings since renewing the series in 2008, the Bison hold a 6-3 record in the all-time series.
Last season, Liberty scored four first half goals en route to a 4-1 over Howard in Washington, D.C. Phillip Aseweh and Juan F. Niño each netted goals, while Darren Amoo scored twice in the Flames victory. It was the third consecutive win for Jeff Alder's club over the Bison.
In 2009, Liberty defeated Howard, 3-0, in the last meeting between the two teams at Osborne Stadium. Alex Verville, Timothy Bullock and Amoo each scored goals in the shutout. Current Flames Assistant Coach Andre Madero recorded his fourth shutout of the year in the contest.
A Look at Howard
Howard (1-3-1) will enter Friday afternoon's contest coming off a 2-1 loss to St. Francis (N.Y.) at home, Sunday. The Bison will be looking for their first victory since a season-opening 2-1 win at Virginia Tech on Aug. 27.
Howard has been competitive, as three of its four losses have come by a one goal margin. Take away a 9-0 loss to George Mason on Sept. 1, and the Bison have only been outscored 6-5 by their opponents.
Led by former Howard standout Michael Lawrence (10-50-13, Fifth Year), the Bison have had four different players net goals for them this season. Forward Mario Martin leads Howard with four points on two goals. Akinbola Richardson and Rahman Alarape, who scored this past Sunday, have chipped in a goal and an assist for three points apiece. Senior defender Gary Clark has also scored a goal.
Freshman Eric Hamilton has started all four games in the Bison net. The goalkeeper has posted a 2.33 goals-against average and a .542 save percentage.
Alder Reaches 100
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder recorded his 100th career coaching win in grand fashion, Tuesday night. His Flames recorded the program's first-ever victory over Virginia, downing the No. 12 Cavaliers, 2-0. Alder has guided his alma mater to a 100-74-16 record over 11 seasons.
Alder's teams 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.
Phillips Gets on the Board
Defender Chris Phillips has scored a goal in each of Liberty's past two games. Last Friday, the senior netted the equalizer, sending the contest to overtime in the Flames' 2-1, double overtime win at American. Tuesday night, he scored Liberty's first goal in the 72nd minute in a 2-0 win at No. 12 Virginia.
Not only were the goals the midfielder's first two of the year, but his marker last Friday was his first goal since Nov. 7, 2009 in a 2-1 win at UNC Asheville.
Bullock Has Fast Start
Senior Timothy Bullock has had a strong start to his final year in a Liberty uniform. The forward has tallied at least one point in each of the Flames' victories so far this season and will enter Friday's contest with four points.
Bullock netted his first goal of the year in Liberty's 3-1 win over Longwood on Aug. 30. In the Flames next two contests, the senior has recorded an assist in wins at American and Virginia.
Last season, Bullock posted nine points, with four goals and one assist.
Bell, Annan Go into Athletics Hall
Flames head coach Jeff Alder's former head coach, Bill Bell, will be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, along with former goalkeeping standout, Paul Annan, at a banquet Friday evening.
Bell, who will be presented by Alder, is one of two coaches in Liberty Athletics history to guide his program for 20 or more seasons. He was integral in the men's soccer program's growth, as it moved from the NCCAA to NCAA Division I level competition and found conference affiliation in the Big South. Bell led the Flames to winning seasons in 12 of his 21 years as their head coach, posting a winning record in eight of its 10 Big South Conference seasons.
Annan was a three-time All-American, as the program's goalkeeper during its formative years. He still holds five different program records, including the career marks for saves (634) and shutouts (28), along with the single-season shutout mark (12). A co-captain of the Ghana Amateur National team before attending Liberty, Annan was a dominating force in the Liberty net during his four years, becoming the first Liberty student-athlete to be named an NCAA All-American.
First Time to OT
Last Friday, the Flames played more than the regulation 90 minutes for the first time this season, taking home a 2-1 win in double overtime at American. Last season, Liberty had two contests go to overtime, posting a 1-0-1 mark in extra periods. Both matches occurred on VMI's Patchin Field in Lexington, Va. On Sept. 10, the Flames played to a 1-1 tie with Marshall in the Sculley Memorial Tournament hosted by VMI. Later in the year, Liberty won 1-0 over VMI at Patchin Field on a goal by defender Greg White in the 98th minute.
Amoo Moves Up Career Charts
With the game-winner in a 2-1 win at American, last Friday, forward Darren Amoo is now alone in fourth place on Liberty's career goals list with 33. Amoo is one goal shy of tying Mark Seintz (1988-92), who had 34 career goals, for third. Darryl Roberts (2002-06) and James Wright (1992-94) each scored 36 goals during their Liberty career to top the program's all-time goals list.
In addition, Amoo ranks sixth all-time in program annals with 74 career points. The forward is four points away for moving past Jose Gomez (1997-00), who posted 77 in his career, into fifth place. Darryl Roberts is Liberty's all-time leader in points, compiling 94 from 2002-06.
Aseweh Cracks Top 10
Senior midfielder Phillip Aseweh entered the program's Top 10 in career assists, with his helper on Amoo's game-winning goal at American on Friday. With 15 career assists, Aseweh is tied for 10th place on the list with Liberty volunteer assistant coach Adrian Bumbut (2004-07).
Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Juan F. Niño is one assist shy of joining Aseweh and Bumbut. Niño enters Tuesday's match with 14 assists. Kian Brownlee (1996, 98-00) is the all-time assists leader in Liberty history with 27.
A Look Ahead
The Flames will host Southern Virginia, Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.