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Liberty Squares off with No. 24 Coastal Carolina
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team travels to Conway, S.C., for a Big South Conference match with the No. 24 ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Sunday. Match time at CCU Soccer Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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Live stats for Sunday afternoon'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 Coastal Carolina athletic media relations department.
A Look at Liberty
Winners of their last six outings, the Flames (6-1, 1-0 Big South) will enter Sunday afternoon's contest off of a 2-1 victory at High Point in their first Big South Conference match of the season, Tuesday night.
During their six game win streak, the Flames have outscored their opponents, 22-3. Liberty entered the week leading the nation in scoring offense (3.33 goals per game) based on the NCAA Statistical Report for games through Sept. 25. Liberty also ranks 10th in team goals against average (0.48 goals per game). The Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals per game (3.14) and goals allowed per game (0.57).
Tuesday night, forward Alex Verville scored his second goal of the year with Liberty's first shot of the game at 14:03 and Sam Duininck netted the game-winning goal during the 76th minute in Liberty's victory. Duininck's score was his second of the year.
In the game, Liberty allowed its first goal over 354 minutes on an own goal by the Flames early in the second half.
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 103-74-16 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 two or more goals. Midfielder Phillip Aseweh leads Liberty and is tied for 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.
Forward Timothy Bullock has also reached double-digits in points with 12 points. The senior has netted four goals and recorded four assists. The forward is fourth in the Big South in points. Midfielder Travis Jospeh is also among the conference leaders with nine points on three goals and three assists. The junior is tied for seventh in the Big South in scoring.
Freshman goalkeeper Josh Pacella has started all seven Liberty contests and has logged 602 minutes in goal for the Flames. He has posted a Big South-leading 0.60 goals-against average and has a .692 save percentage. He has record two shutouts and combined on another for the Flames.
All-Time Against Coastal Carolina
Liberty and Coastal Carolina will meet for the 22nd time Sunday afternoon. The Chanticleers hold a 13-7-1 edge in the all-time series.
Last season, Liberty defeated Coastal Carolina, 1-0, at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 2. Timothy Bullock scored his second goal of the year in the 29th minute in the Flames' win.
The last time the two met at CCU Soccer Field, the two squads played to a scoreless draw on Oct. 3, 2009. The Flames have not won at Coastal Carolina since a 2-0 victory on Oct. 27, 2001.
A Look at Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina (6-2, 1-0 Big South) enters Sunday's contest ranked No. 24 in the nation by SoccerAmerica. The Chanticleers, who have won their last two matches, had their contest with UNC Wilmington stopped and canceled in the 52nd minute due to lightning, Wednesday evening.
On Sept. 23, Coastal Carolina opened Big South play with a 3-1 win over Gardner-Webb in Conway, S.C. TeeJay East scored a goal and assisted on another in the Chanticleer victory.
The victory was the 272nd game coached by Coastal Carolina head coach Shaun Docking, now the most in school history. In 14 years, Docking has led the Chanticleers to a 162-86-24 overall record and a 71-28-8 Big South mark. He has led Coastal Carolina to six NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Chanticleers have outscored their opponents, 22-7, so far this season. Coastal Carolina is tied with Liberty for the Big South Conference lead with 22 goals.
Forward Ashton Bennett leads the conference in scoring with 14 points. He has netted a Big-South leading six goals and recorded two assists. Teammates Ricky Garbanzo, Robby Daniels and Justin Portillo have each scored three goals.
Nine different Chanticleers have netted goals this season. Six of the nine have at least two or more on the year.
Senior Scott Agevine has started all eight games in net for Coastal Carolina. The goalkeeper has posted a 0.90 goals-against average, which is currently second in the Big South, and league-leading .806 save percentage. He has also recorded two shutouts.
Against the Big South
After opening the 2011 Big South campaign with a 2-1 win over High Point on Tuesday, Liberty is 84-74-10 record all-time in conference 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.
The Big South at Glance
Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Radford and VMI each opened Big South Conference play with wins over the last six days.
The Chanticleers defeated Gardner-Webb, 3-1, to begin league play on Sept. 23. VMI posted a 2-1 win over UNC Asheville last Sunday. This week, Liberty defeated preseason favorite High Point, 2-1, Tuesday and Radford won at Campbell, in the Camels first conference game in their return to the Big South, 2-1, Wednesday.
All 10 conference teams will be in league action this weekend. On Saturday, VMI will visit Presbyterian College, Gardner-Webb will travel to Campbell, Winthrop will face High Point and UNC Asheville will face Radford. Liberty and Coastal Carolina will then square off in Conway, Sunday.
Senior Timothy Bullock enters Sunday's match, having tallied at least one point in each of the Flames' last six games, all Liberty victories. The forward has scored four goals and recorded four assists during the stretch.
Tuesday night, Bullock assisted on the first goal of the game during Liberty's 2-1 at High Point. The point brings his season total to 12.
The senior is fourth in the Big South Conference and has reached his single-season career-high in points. Bullock posted his career high in 2009, with four goals and four assists.
Defenders Chris Phillips and Greg White extended their starting streaks, Tuesday in Liberty's 2-1 win at High Point. Phillips, a senior and two-time team captain, is one start shy of being in the Liberty starting 11 for the 50th consecutive game. He has started 49 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 45 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
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.
Putting the "D" in Defense
Liberty's team defense has been solid so far this season. Entering Sunday's match, the Flames have allowed four goals in seven contests. Liberty leads the Big South in goals allowed and ranks 10th nationally in the latest NCAA Statistical Report for games through Sept. 25.
Aseweh, Amoo and Niño Move Up Career Charts
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 has also cracked the program's assist list. 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 Sunday'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.
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 103-74-16 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.
A Look Ahead
The Flames will take a six-day break from competition, before continuing Big South play by visiting Boiling Springs, N.C., for a conference match with the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs, Oct. 8. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.