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Liberty Looks for Fifth Straight Win, Tuesday

September 19, 2011
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Midfielder Richard Nyarko

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will look to win its fifth straight match, when it hosts the Southern Virginia Knights, Tuesday at Osborne Stadium.  Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
Gametracker for Tuesday night's contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link under men's soccer in the schedule bar on the main page. 

A Look at Liberty
After shutting out Howard, 4-0, Friday, the Liberty Flames (4-1) will enter Tuesday evening's contest having won four-straight contests.

Liberty has posted its second consecutive shutout, allowing visiting Howard only one shot, Friday afternoon.  The Flames have not allowed a goal over their last 211:07 of play.

Midfielder Phillip Aseweh netted two goals in the contest, while Timothy Bullock and Uriah Bentick each added a score for the Flames. Aseweh also recorded an assist to post five points in a game for the first time since the senior tallied seven in a 10-1 win over Concord on Sept. 1, 2009. 

Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 101-74-16 mark during his 11 seasons. So far this season, his squad has outscored its opponents, 11-3.

The Flames have shown a balanced scoring attack early in the season, as five different players have netted goals. With his five points on Friday, midfielder Aseweh leads Liberty with nine points. The midfielder, who scored his first goal of the season in last Tuesday's 2-0 win at No. 10 Virginia, has three goals and three assists on the season.  Forwards Darren Amoo and Bullock are next with six points each. Amoo has netted three goals, while Bullock has two goals and two assists.  Defender Chris Phillips has also chipped in two goals, while fellow defender Bentick scored his first goal, Friday.

Freshman goalkeeper Josh Pacella has manned the Liberty net for every minute of the 2011 season.  He has posted a 0.58 goals-against average and a .700 save percentage. He recorded his two collegiate shutouts last week. 

All-Time Against Southern Virginia
Liberty and Southern Virginia will be meeting for the eighth time on Tuesday.  The Flames have won each of the previous seven meetings.

Last season, Darren Amoo set a stadium record with four goals, helping to lift Liberty past the Knights, 7-0 at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 22. The forward netted all four of his goals during the first 29 minutes of the game, erasing the Osborne Stadium (Liberty Soccer Field) record of three tallies in a game, achieved by 10 different players since 1992. 

Timothy Bullock, Travis Joseph and Thad Taylor also each netted a goal for the Flames in the victory. 

A Look at Southern Virginia
The Knights will visit Lynchburg Tuesday, after six days off.  The last time Southern Virginia (3-2-1) took to the soccer field, the Knights defeated Bridgewater in overtime, 2-1.

Led by Tony Caputo (31-27-1, four seasons), Southern Virginia has outscored its opponents, 17-10, in 2011.  Caputo is the program's all-time winningest coach.

Sophomore Adam Freeman, who scored the game-winner in overtime in the Knights' win at Bridgewater, leads the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points on the year.  Freshman Josh Smith is next with 11 points, having also recorded five goals, while adding one assist.

Junior goalkeepers Robert Key and Ben May have each seen time in the Southern Virginia net this season.  Key, who has played in all six Knight contests, has posted 1.55 goals-against average and a .758 save percentage in over 465 minutes.  He also has recorded the only shutout by the squad this year. May has recorded a 1.58 goals-against average and .778 save percentage during his 114 minutes as the Southern Virginia netminder.

Aseweh Breaks Out
Last week, senior midfielder Phillip Aseweh broke out on the offensive end for the Flames, posting his first three goals of the year and recording an assist in Liberty's two games. 

Aseweh scored his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win over No. 10 Virginia, this past Tuesday. It was Liberty's second goal of the contest, giving the Flames a cushion on the scoreboard, en route to the program's first-ever win over Virginia.

The midfielder followed it up with five points in a 4-0 win over Howard, Friday. He assisted on the game's first goal, stepping in front of a clearing pass and quickly dropping the ball to Timothy Bullock for the score. In the second half, Aseweh scored twice in a three minute span, scoring on a rebound of a shot and later, converting a penalty kick. The point total was the midfielder's most points in a contest since posting seven in his first game with the Flames, a 10-1 win over Concord, Sept. 1, 2009.

In addition with the assist, the senior moves into seventh on the program's career assist list with 16.

Bullock's Streak
Senior Timothy Bullock enters Tuesday night's game, having tallied at least one point in each of the Flames' victories so far this season. The forward has scored two goals and recorded two assist in Liberty's last four games.

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 recorded an assist in wins at American and No. 10 Virginia. On Friday, the forward collected his second goal of the year, tallying the Flames' first marker of the contest in their 4-0 victory.

Last season, Bullock posted nine points, with four goals and one assist.

Defense Comes Up Big
Liberty's team defense has been solid so far this season.  Entering Tuesday night's match, the Flames have allowed three goals in five contests.

Last week, Liberty recorded its first two shutouts of the season, blanking No. 10 Virginia in Charlottesville, 2-0, and Howard on Friday, 4-0.  The Flames have not allowed a goal in over 211 minutes.

In its contest at Virginia, Liberty did not allowed a shot on goal, as Flames goalkeeper Josh Pacella did not have to record a save on any of the Cavaliers 11 shots in the contest to record his first collegiate shutout.

Liberty followed up Tuesday night's effort by allowing visiting Howard only one shot in their contest, Friday. The lone Bison shot also was not a shot on goal, as the attempt sailed wide.

Alder Reaches 100
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder recorded his 100th career coaching win in grand fashion, last Tuesday night.  His Flames recorded the program's first-ever victory over Virginia, downing the No. 10 Cavaliers, 2-0.  Alder has guided his alma mater to a 101-74-16 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.

Amoo Moves Up Career Charts
With the game-winner in a 2-1 win at American on Sept. 9, forward Darren Amoo sits 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.

A Look Ahead
The Flames will complete a three-game homestand by hosting the Cedarville Hornets, Friday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.  Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m.