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Liberty to Face Gardner-Webb, Saturday
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., for a Big South Conference match with the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Match time at Greene-Harbison Field, the site of 2011 Big South Conference Men's Soccer Championship, is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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A Look at Liberty
After having their six-game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss at No. 24 Coastal Carolina last Sunday, the Flames (6-2, 1-1 Big South) will look to get back in the win column, Saturday.
Despite its setback at Coastal Carolina, Liberty enters the week leading the nation in scoring offense by averaging 2.88 goals per game based on the NCAA Statistical Report for games through this past Sunday. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 23-7.
The Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals per game (2.88) and goals allowed per game (0.88). Liberty's 0.85 goals-against average also paces the conference.
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 103-75-16 overall mark and a 43-24-6 record in Big South play during his 11 seasons.
The Flames have shown a balanced scoring attack through the first month of 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 14 points. The senior has scored four goals and leads the conference with six assists. In addition, he is second in the country in assists per game (0.75/game).
Forward Timothy Bullock has also reached double-digits in scoring with 12 points. The senior has netted four goals and recorded four assists. The forward is fifth 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 sixth in the Big South in scoring.
Midfielder Alex Verville and forward Darren Amoo have each netted three goals each, while defenders Uriah Bentick, Sam Duininck and Chris Phillips have scored two goals apiece.
Freshman goalkeeper Josh Pacella has started all eight Liberty contests and has logged over 690 minutes in goal for the Flames. He has posted a Big South-leading 0.91 goals-against average and has a .632 save percentage. He has record two shutouts and combined on another for the Flames.
All-Time Against Gardner-Webb
Liberty and Gardner-Webb will meet for the 13th time Saturday afternoon. The Flames hold an 8-3-1 all-time advantage in the series which began in 1992.
Despite the Liberty advantage in the series, the Runnin' Bulldogs have won the last two contests between the two squads. Last season, Gardner-Webb defeated Liberty, 2-0, at Osborne Stadium. In 2009, the Flames fell to the Bulldogs at Greene-Harbison Field, 2-1.
A Look at Gardner-Webb
The Runnin' Bulldogs (4-6-2, 1-2 Big South) snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian College, Wednesday night in Clinton, S.C. Gardner-Webb picked up its first Big South Conference win of the season with the victory.
Saturday's contest will be the first home game for the Runnin' Bulldogs since a season-opening 3-0 win over Brevard on Aug. 28. Last season, five of Gardner-Webb's eight victories came at home.
Tony Setzer (167-264-29) is in his 24th season as the head coach at Gardner-Webb and has posted the most victories in program history.
Eight different Bulldogs have scored this season. Forward Chris Davis leads Gardner-Webb with four goals and has recorded two assists for 10 points. John Sargent is the only other Runnin' Bulldog with more than one goal, as the forward has netted three goals.
Scott Krotee has logged the majority of the minutes in the Gardner-Webb goal this season. The redshirt junior has played 869:50, posting a 1.45 goals-against average and a .702 save percentage. He has posted two shutouts.
Against the Big South
Liberty enters Saturday's Big South Conference match with an 84-75-10 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
No. 23 Coastal Carolina is the only remaining team unbeaten in Big South Conference play. The Chanticleers have opened league action with a 2-0 Big South mark, while eight other conference teams have posted at least one win.
Saturday afternoon will be a busy day for Big South Conference soccer as eight of the league's 10 squads will be in action. Besides the Liberty-Gardner-Webb match-up, Winthrop (0-1) will look for its first league win at VMI (1-1), while Campbell (1-1) will visit Presbyterian College (1-1) and High Point (1-1) will travel to UNC Asheville (1-1).
Coastal Carolina will host Radford (1-1) on Sunday afternoon.
Verville on Point Streak; Bullock's Ends
With his second goal in as many games, Sunday, midfielder Alex Verville has recorded at least one point in each of his last four contests. During the span, the senior has scored three goals and added two assists.
Verville began the stretch with an assist on a goal by Phillip Aseweh in Liberty's 4-0 victory over Howard on Sept. 16. The midfielder continued his streak with a goal in the Flames' 2-1 win at High Point and Sunday at Coastal Carolina.
With eight points, Verville has reached his single-season career-high in points. The senior has recorded three goals and two assists for eight points in 2009.
Meanwhile, senior Timothy Bullock saw his point streak come to an end Sunday. Bullock had tallied at least one point in each of the Flames' previous six games, all Liberty victories. The forward scored four goals and recorded four assists during the stretch. The streak was the longest by a Big South player this season.
Bullock is fifth in the Big South Conference and has reached his single-season career-high in points. The senior posted his career high in 2009, with four goals and four assists.
Aseweh also had a five-game point streak from Aug. 30 through Sept. 20. The senior midfielder scored four goals and had five of his season's six assists during the span. Aseweh was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and to the Soccer America National Team of the Week for play from Sept.15-21 during the stretch.
Defenders Chris Phillips and Greg White keep adding to their starting streaks. Phillips, a senior and two-time team captain, was in the Liberty starting 11 for the 50th consecutive game, Sunday. 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 46 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, 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 six assists this season, Aseweh is currently sixth on the program's helper list with 19 for his career. He is two assists short of moving into fifth place on the list with Jesse Barrington, who had 21 assists from 1993-96.
Aseweh enters Saturday's contest one helper shy of tying his single-season career high of seven assists, which the midfielder posted in 2010.
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 currently resides 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 step out of conference for the last time this season, Tuesday evening. Liberty will travel to Spartanburg, S.C., for a match with the Wofford Terriers. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium for the first of three consecutive Big South matches, next Friday, as the Flames host Presbyterian College. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Before the contest, the six seniors on the Liberty roster will be recognized.