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Liberty Hosts Winthrop for Conference Tilt
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will host the Winthrop Eagles in a Big South Conference match, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
How to Follow the Flames
Saturday afternoon'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 (7-4-1, 2-2-1 Big South) will complete a three-game homestand, Saturday. Liberty opened the homestand with a 1-0 victory over Presbyterian College on Oct. 14 and tied VMI, 0-0, Tuesday night in its previous two games of the homestand. The Flames are unbeaten at Osborne Stadium this season. Liberty have posted a 4-0-1 record at home in 2011.
The Flames have averaged 2.17 goals per game, while allowing 1.08 goals per contests. Liberty has outscored its opponents, 26-13, on the season. With Tuesday night's scoreless draw, the Flames have now recorded five shutouts on the year.
Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 104-77-17 overall mark and a 44-25-7 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.
Freshman goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has started the last two contests for the Flames, recording shutouts in each contest. 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.
All-Time Against Winthrop
Liberty and Winthrop will meet for the 32nd time, Saturday afternoon. Liberty holds a 20-9-2 record in the all-time series, which started in 1978.
Although the Flames dominated the early part of the all-time series between the two schools, the series has become one of the more anticipated games on the Big South schedule since 2000. Liberty holds a 10-6-1 advantage over the Eagles since 2000 and no team has an edge since 2005, 5-5-1.
The Flames have won the last two regular season match-ups, each by a 3-0 margin. Last season, forward Darren Amoo scored twice and midfielder Richard Nyarko also netted a goal in a 3-0 Liberty victory at Eagle Field on Sept. 25, 2010. In the last meeting at Osborne Stadium, Greg White, Chris Osborne and Amoo each scored goals in a 3-0 win, Oct. 31, 2009.
A Look at Winthrop
The Eagles (4-9, 1-3 Big South) opened their season with three straight wins, only to see their fortunes turn afterwards. Winthrop will enter Saturday's game having lost nine of its last 10 matches. The Eagles have not played since Oct. 15, when they fell, 3-0, at home to Campbell. Their Big South match with Radford was postponed due to field conditions and inclement weather, this past Wednesday.
Winthrop has scored 1.00 goals per game and has allowed 2.54 goals per contest. The Eagles have been outscored by their opponents, 33-13, on the season.
The Eagles are led by Rich Posipanko, the longest tenured and winningest coach in Big South history. During his 23-year tenure, Winthrop is 225-183-31.
Seven Winthrop players have scored at least one goal this season. Alex Mantchev leads the Eagles with four goals and nine points.
Enrique Miranda and Partrick Walsh have each seen time in theEagle goal this season. Miranda has started nine contests, posting a 2.14 goals-against average and a 3-5 record. Walsh has started four contests. He has recorded 3.25 goals-against average and is 0-4 on the year.
Against the Big South
Liberty enters Saturday's Big South Conference match with an 85-76-11 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.
So far this season, the Flames have posted a 2-2-1 record in league play and seven points in the conference standings. Liberty begins the weekend in fourth place in the conference.
The No Goal Zone
Liberty will enter Saturday's game having not allowed a goal during the last 232:44 of play. The time spans the Flames last three contests and includes shutouts of Presbyterian College and VMI.
Earlier in the year, Liberty did not allow a goal for 354:11. The streak included shutouts of Virginia, Howard and Southern Virginia.
Liberty has allowed only one goal in five home games this season and has not been scored upon at Osborne Stadium in 380:02.
Looking to Getting Back on Track
For only the second time this season and the first since its opening game of the year, Liberty failed to score a goal in a 0-0 tie with VMI, Tuesday night at Osborne Stadium.
Liberty entered the week seventh in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.36 goals per game through last Sunday. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 26-13, this season.
White Reaches Milestone
Defender Greg White has started every game during his time in a Liberty uniform. The redshirt junior drew his 50th starting assignment, Tuesday evening. 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.
Fellow defender Chris Phillips, a senior and two-time team captain, was in the Liberty starting 11 for the 54th consecutive game, Tuesday night. He has not been out of Liberty's starting 11 since Oct. 24, 2008.
A Look Ahead
Liberty will take to the road for a Big South Conference match with the Campbell Camels, Tuesday. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.