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Liberty to Square off with VMI at Osborne

October 17, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Greg White

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will host the VMI Keydets in a Big South Conference match, Tuesday at Osborne Stadium.  Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
Tuesday night's game will be video streamed LIVE. The feed will be available for a nominal fee on the Big South Network. The broadcast will be available on the World Wide Web at both LibertyFlames.com and BigSouthSports.com.

Live stats will also 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
The Flames (7-4, 2-2 Big South) is in the midst of three consecutive home contests.  Liberty opened the homestand with a 1-0 victory over Presbyterian College, Friday, and will be looking to stay unbeaten at Osborne Stadium this season on Tuesday. Liberty is 4-0 on its home field in 2011.

Friday evening, midfielder Phillip Aseweh scored his fifth goal of the year during the 21st minute.  The senior took a pass from fellow midfielder Juan F. Niño in transition and buried a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box to give Liberty an advantage it never relinquished.

The Flames have averaged 2.36 goals per game, while allowing 1.18 goals per contests. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 26-13, on the season.

Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 104-77-16 overall mark and a 44-25-6 record in Big South play during his 11 seasons.

The Flames have shown a balanced scoring attack this season, as nine different players have scored goals and eight have tallied two or more. Aseweh leads Liberty and is third in the Big South Conference with 16 points. The senior has scored five goals and is second in the conference with six assists.

Forward Timothy Bullock has also reached double-digits in scoring with 12 points. The senior has netted four goals and recorded four assists. Midfielder Travis Joseph is also among the conference leaders with 12 points on four goals and four assists. He is tied with Bullock for sixth in the Big South in scoring.

Niño enters Tuesday night's game with five points and has tallied a point in each of his last three games. Last week, he scored his first goal of the season at Wofford and recorded an assist during Liberty's win, Friday night.

Freshman goalkeeper Scott Sutarik made his collegiate debut, Friday night. Sutarik recorded one save in posting the shutout. Before Friday, freshman Josh Pacella had started each of the previous 10 Liberty matches. He has posted a 1.34 goals-against average this season.

As a team, the Flames have posted four shutouts.

All-Time Against VMI
Liberty and VMI will meet for the 19th time, Tuesday evening. Although several matches have been tightly contested, the Flames have won all eight meetings between the two teams since the Keydets joined the Big South in 2003.

Liberty holds a 16-1-1 record over VMI in the all-time series, which started in 1975.

Last season, Liberty defender Greg White scored his first goal of the season in overtime to give the Flames a 1-0 overtime victory in Lexington, Va. With the match scoreless, the Flames were able to set-up a scoring opportunity with a corner kick from the left flank. Midfielder Zack Clark's kick hit off VMI goalkeeper Brian Sowell and came free for White, who put the ball into the net for the game-winner at 98:00 for the win.

In the last meeting between the Keydets and Flames at Osborne Stadium, Liberty claimed a 2-0 victory on Nov. 2, 2009. Midifielder Phillip Aseweh scored a goal and assisted on Darren Amoo's marker in the contest. Liberty Assistant Coach Andrew Madero was in goal for the Flames, as they recorded their 10th shutout of the year.

A Look at VMI
The Keydets will be looking for their second Big South win on Tuesday. VMI defeated UNC Asheville, 2-1, on Sept. 29 for its only win this season.

Led by Richie Rose (4-23-3, second year), the Keydets are averaging 0.76 goals per game this season. VMI has been outscored by its opponents, 28-10.

Aaron White and David Rochow have each scored two goals to lead the Keydets. Matt Seinfield leads VMI with three assists.

Taylor Fuerstein has seen action in all 12 Keydet contests in goal, with 11 starts.  Fuerstein enters Tuesday's match with a 1.64 goals-against average.

Against the Big South
Liberty enters Tuesday's Big South Conference match with an 85-76-10 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
Liberty enters the week with six points in Big South action with a 2-2 record. With five conference tilts remaining, the Flames are tied for fifth place with Presbyterian College and Campbell.

No. 20 Coastal Carolina is the only remaining team unbeaten in Big South Conference play, leads the league with a 5-0 mark. Gardner-Webb and Radford have each posted three victories for nine points in the standing after playing five games apiece.

Niño Continues His Move Up on Career Helper Chart
After assisting on the game-winning goal Friday night, senior Juan F. Niño begins the week with 17 career assists, moving him into seventh on the Liberty career assist list.  The midfielder is two shy of teammate Phillip Aseweh, who is sixth on the list with 19.

In addition, Niño has tallied at least one point in each of his last three games. The senior recorded assists on goals against Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian College, while scoring his first marker of the year, last Tuesday at Wofford.

Iron Men
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 53rd consecutive game, Friday night. 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 49 Flames games and will reach 50 with a starting assignment on Tuesday. White has been a regular starter in each of game of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, with his streak starting on Sept. 1, 2009 in a 10-1 Liberty victory.

A Look Ahead
Liberty completes a stretch of three home games with a Big South contest against the Winthrop Eagles, Saturday.  Match time at Osborne Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m.