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Liberty to Face High Point to Start Conference Play

September 26, 2011
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Defender Uriah Bentick

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team and the High Point Panthers will open Big South Conference action, Tuesday evening.  Match time at Vert Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. The two teams had their match in High Point, N.C., on Sept. 5 postponed due to inclement weather.

How to Follow the Flames
Live video of Tuesday's contest will be available for a nominal fee on the Big South Network.  The video stream will be available at LibertyFlames.com and BigSouthSports.com.

Live stats 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. Live Stats will be provided by the High Point sports information department.

A Look at Liberty
The Flames (5-1) have won their last five outings and enter Tuesday's match with seven days of rest after having their contest with Cedarville cancelled due to inclement weather, Friday.

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 three goals allowed and is second with 20 goals scored.

Six days ago, midfielder Travis Joseph scored three goals and forward Timothy Bullock added two goals in the Flames' 9-0 victory over Southern Virginia. 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 overall mark and a 43-23-6 record in Big South play 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 fourth 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 High Point
Liberty and High Point will meet for the 26th time Tuesday evening. The Flames lead the all-time series between the two teams, 12-9-4.  However, the Panthers have won the last two meetings.

Last season, High Point defeated Liberty, 2-0, at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 8, 2010. Panther Karo Okiomah netted his ninth goal of the season and High Point also got a score on an own goal by Liberty in the win.

The last time the two teams met at Vert Stadium, High Point edged Liberty, 2-1, on Nov. 4, 2009. The teams had tried to play the week before, only to have the game postponed due to rain. Liberty midfielder Chris Phillips tied the contest in the 84th minute, 1-1, only to see High Point's Okiomah score the game-winner three minutes later.

A Look at High Point
High Point (2-4-1) began a three-game homestand, with a 2-1 win Saturday night at Vert Stadium over Richmond.  Midfielders Shawn Sloan and Alex Martinez each scored goals in the win for the Panthers.

High Point is led by fifth-year head coach Dustin Fonder. Fonder has amassed an overall record of 42-37-9 and an 18-8-4 mark in conference play with the Panthers. He was named Big South Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2010, making him just the third coach in Big South history to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

Martinez leads High Point in goals with four and scoring with 12 points. Sloan is next with six point on two goals and two assists. Karo Okiomah, the 2010 Big South Player of the Year who was also tabbed the 2011 Preseason Attacking Player of the Year, has scored two goals and recorded an assist for five points.

Picked to finish first in the Big South standing in the conference's preseason poll, the Panthers have been outscored by its opponents, 11-9, so far this season.

Goalkeeper Michael Chesler, the 2011 Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, enters Tuesday night's contest with a 1.52 goal-against average and .686 save percentage.  The senior has one shutout, a 0-0 tie with Elon on Aug. 27.

Against the Big South
Liberty opens 2011 with an 83-74-10 record all-time in Big South play.  The Flames have posted a .500 or better conference ledger in 18 out of their 20 seasons in the conference.  In 2007, Liberty won its lone Big South Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

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. 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.

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 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, last Tuesday night at Osborne Stadium.

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, but the junior also recorded his career-high with seven points, as he added an assist. Before last 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 Tuesday 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 last 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 in the contest.  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 Tuesday'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 travel to Conway, S.C. for a Big South contest with the No. 25 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Sunday afternoon.  Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.