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Liberty Men's Soccer to Hold Senior Day, Friday
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team, winners of five-straight matches, will host the Cedarville Yellow Jackets Friday afternoon at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m. Before the contest, the six seniors on the Liberty roster will be recognized.
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A Look at Liberty
The Flames (5-1) have won their last five outings and enter Friday's contest off a 9-0 win over Southern Virginia on Tuesday night at Osborne Stadium.
During their five game win streak, the Flames have outscored their opponents, 20-2. Liberty has posted three consecutive shutouts and has not allowed a goal over its last 301:07 of play. Liberty leads the Big South Conference with 20 goals and also three goals allowed.
Tuesday, midfielder Travis Joseph scored three goals and forward Timothy Bullock added two goals in the Flames' victory. Phillip Aseweh, Uriah Bentick, Sam Duininck and Alex Verville also netted goals in the victory.
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 102-74-16 mark during his 11 seasons.
The Flames have shown a balanced scoring attack early in the season, as eight different players have netted goals. With 11 points in the last three games, Aseweh leads Liberty and is second in the Big South Conference with 13 points. The midfielder was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and to the Soccer America National Team of the Week for play before Sept. 21. Aseweh has scored four goals and recorded five assists. He leads the conference in assists this season.
Bullock follows with 11 points on four goals and three assists. The forward is tied for third in the Big South in points. After his first ever hat trick at Liberty, Jospeh has eight points on three goals and two assists.
Freshman goalkeeper Josh Pacella has started all six Liberty contests and has logged 513 minutes in goal for the Flames. He has posted a Big South-leading 0.52 goals-against average and has a .727 save percentage. He recorded his two collegiate shutouts last week.
All-Time Against Cedarville
Liberty and Cedarville will be meeting for the first time since 1979, Friday. The Flames won the only previous meeting between the two programs during the 1979 season, 3-0.
A Look at Cedarville
The Yellow Jackets (4-3) will be looking to reverse a two-game losing skid, Friday. Cedarville lost 2-0 to Notre Dame (Ohio), Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets are in the midst of transitioning to NCAA Division II status.
Three of the Yellow Jackets' four wins have come at home. Cedarville has outscored its opponents, 16-12, through seven games.
Todd Beall is in his second year as his alma mater's head coach. The former Yellow Jacket has led Cedarville to a 17-12 record, while posting a 59-42-3 overall career coaching record. Beall spent four previous seasons at Geneva.
Forwards Timmy Waller and Ryan Thurman lead the Yellow Jackets with eight points each. Waller and Jeremy Hoppe lead Cedarville with three goals apiece. Nine Yellow Jackets have netted at least one goal this season.
Sophomore Alex Scott has started all seven Cedarville contest. He has manned the Yellow Jacket net over 564 minutes, recording a 1.44 goals-against average and .743 save percentage.
Recognizing the Seniors
Friday afternoon, the Liberty men's soccer program will recognize the six seniors on the roster for willingness to serve God through soccer during their time at Liberty.
Darren Amoo - Accra, Ghana
Phillip Aseweh - Navrongo, Ghana
Timothy Bullock - Forest, Va.
Juan F. Niño - Katy, Texas
Chris Phillips - Brownsburg, Ind.
Alex Verville - Rochester Hills, Mich.
During the past four seasons, this group has been strong leaders both on and off the field for the Flames. Liberty has posted 10 or more wins in each of the their last three seasons, holding a 37-18-7 record during that span.
Aseweh Garners National Honors
Senior midfielder Phillip Aseweh was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and to the Soccer America Men's Team of the Week for Sept. 21, after scoring three goals and an assist last week. In addition, he was also named Co-Big South Attacking Player of the Week.
On Sept. 13, Aseweh scored his first goal of the season in Liberty's 2-0 win at then No. 10 Virginia and followed up that effort with five points in a 4-0 win over Howard, last Friday. He scored twice and had an assist in the Liberty win. The point total against Howard was the midfielder's most in a contest since posting seven in his first game with the Flames in a 10-1 win over Concord, Sept. 1, 2009.
Senior Timothy Bullock enters Friday night's game, having tallied at least one point in each of the Flames' victories so far this season. The forward has scored four goals and recorded three assists during Liberty's last five matches.
Bullock recorded two goals and one assist in Liberty's 9-0 win over Southern Virginia on Tuesday, tying his career-high for points in a game with five. Previously, the senior recorded five points in Liberty's win over Concord in 2009.
The senior is tied for third in the Big South Conference with 11 points and is one shy of his career-high 12 points in season. Bullock posted his career high in 2009, with four goals and four assists.
Joseph Notches Hat Trick
Junior midfielder Travis Joseph recorded his first career hat trick in Liberty's 9-0 victory over Southern Virginia, Tuesday night.
Teammate Darren Amoo was the last Flame to record a hat trick in a game. Amoo set an Osborne Stadium mark with four goals in contest during Liberty's 7-0 over Southern Virginia on Oct. 22, 2010.
Not only did Joseph have his highest goal total of his career Tuesday, but the junior also recorded his career-high with seven points, as he added an assist. Before Tuesday's game, Joseph had posted three points twice in his college career, the most recent coming last season in a 2-1 victory over UNC Asheville.
With eight points in 2011, the Laventille, Trinidad native has surpassed his single season career-high of seven points, amassed last season.
Putting the "D" in Defense
Liberty's team defense has been solid so far this season. Entering Friday night's match, the Flames have allowed just three goals in six contests. Liberty leads the Big South in goals allowed and ranks 17th nationally in the latest NCAA Statistical Report for games through Sept. 18.
The Flames have shut out their last three opponents and have not allowed a goal over their last 301:07.
Alder Reaches 100
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder recorded his 100th career coaching win in grand fashion on Sept 13. His Flames recorded the program's first-ever victory over Virginia, downing the then-No. 10 Cavaliers, 2-0. Alder has guided his alma mater to a 102-74-16 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.
Aseweh, Amoo and Niño Move Up Career Charts
With two assists in Tuesday's 9-0 victory over Southern Virginia, senior midfielder Phillip Aseweh continues his climb up the Liberty career assist list. The Big South leader with five assists this season, Aseweh is currently sixth on the program's helper list with 18 for his career. He is three assists short of moving into fifth place on the list with Jesse Barrington, who had 21 assists from 1993-96.
Fellow senior Juan F. Niño cracked the program's assist list with a helper, Tuesday night. The midfielder has 15 career assists, tying him with former Flame standout and current Liberty volunteer assistant coach Adrian Bumbut for 10th all-time.
Meanwhile, forward Darren Amoo enters Friday's contest 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, and into fifth place. Roberts is Liberty's all-time leader in points, compiling 94 from 2002-06.
A Look Ahead
The Flames will return to the road to begin Big South Conference play and four consecutive contests away from Liberty Mountain. Tuesday, Liberty will travel to High Point, N. C. for a 7 p.m. match with the High Point Panthers. The contest was postponed earlier this season due to inclement weather and will begin conference action for both teams. The Flames will follow that match with a trip to Conway, S.C. for a Big South contest with the No. 25 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.