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Liberty to Face Campbell

October 24, 2011
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Chris Phillips

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team travels to Buies Creek, N.C., for a Big South match with the Campbell Fighting Camels, Tuesday night at Eakes Athletic Complex. Match time is schedule 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 and provided by the Campbell Athletic Department. 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. Live Stats will be provided by the Campbell sports information department.

A Look at Liberty
The Flames (7-5-1, 2-3-1 Big South) enter Tuesday night's game after going 1-1-1 during a three-game homestand.  The homestand ended on a sour note, with Liberty falling to Winthrop, 1-0, in overtime on a penalty kick, Saturday.

The Flames have averaged 2.0 goals per game, while allowing 1.08 goals per contest. Liberty has outscored its opponents, 26-14, on the season. The Flames have recorded five shutouts on the year.

Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 104-78-17 overall mark and a 44-26-7 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. Midfielder Phillip 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.

Forwards Timothy Bullock and Travis Joseph are next for Liberty, having recorded 12 points apiece, tying them for seventh in the Big South in scoring. Each player has netted four goals and recorded four assists.

Freshman goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has started the last three contests for the Flames. The freshman recorded shutouts in his first two games, before allowing a goal on a penalty kick in overtime on Saturday.  Sutarik begins the week with a 0.30 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage in 296 minutes.

A Look at Campbell
With a 3-2 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday, the Camels (7-6-2, 3-2-0 Big South) have posted a 4-1-1 record over their last six games.

Campbell has averaged 1.53 goals per game this season, while allowing 1.40 goals per contest. The Camels have posted three shutouts. In his second season at Campbell, head coach Steve Armas has led the Camels to a 13-15-6 record.

Campbell has had 11 players score goals this season and have six players with two or more. J.J. Elder leads the Camels with 12 points on five goals and two assists. He is tied for seventh in points and sixth in goals in the Big South. Midfielder Mitchell Cardenas is second on the team in scoring with nine points.  Cardenas is tied for third in the conference with five assists.

Ethan Hall has seen most of the action in the Campbell goal during the month of October.  In seven games, Hall has posted a 1.32 goals-against average and a .719 save percentage. The sophomore has recorded a 4-1-2 record and one shutout.

All-Time Against Campbell
Liberty and Campbell will meet for the 19th time, Tuesday night. However, it will be the first meeting between the two as Big South foes since 1993.  Campbell left the Big South after the 1993-94 athletic year, only to rejoin the conference this fall.

Despite leaving the Big South, the Camels and Flames have met as nonconference opponents on several occasions.  Campbell enters Tuesday night's contest with a 10-7-1 overall advantage in the series.

Liberty has won the last two meetings between the teams, defeating the Camels by a 1-0 score in each of the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Flames' victory in 2007 was the last played between the two teams at the Eakes Athletic Complex.  Chris Phillips scored the game-winner in the Liberty victory.

Against the Big South
Liberty enters Tuesday's Big South Conference match with an 85-77-11 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 2-3-1 record in league play and seven points in the conference standings. Liberty begins the week in sixth place in the conference.

Streak Comes to Halt
With a conversion of a penalty kick in overtime, Liberty saw its streak of not allowing a goal come to an end.  The Flames had not allowed a goal in 449:48 of play.

In addition, Liberty had not allowed a goal at home in 475:39. The last goal allowed by the Flames at Osborne Stadium came with two seconds remaining in a 3-1 Liberty victory over Longwood on Aug. 30.

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 in a 0-0 scoreless tie with VMI, this past Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium. 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.

Meanwhile, fellow defender Chris Phillips, a redshirt senior and two-time team captain, was in the Liberty starting 11 for the 55th consecutive game, Saturday night. He has not been out of Liberty's starting 11 since Oct. 24, 2008.

The two defenders have played the most minutes of any Flame this season.  Phillips and White have each played 1,214 minutes this season.
 
A Look Ahead
Liberty will complete the road portion of its regular season schedule, Saturday afternoon. The Flames will travel to Asheville, N.C., for a Big South contest against UNC Asheville.  Match time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Liberty returns home on Nov. 2 for its final game of the regular season. The Flames will host the Radford Highlanders in a Big South match, with match time scheduled for 4 p.m.