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Liberty to Square off with UNC Asheville

October 27, 2011
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Phillip Aseweh

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team travels to Asheville, N.C., for a Big South match with the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field. Match time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The contest will be the final road match of the regular season for the Flames.
 

How to Follow the Flames
Live stats for Saturday afternoon's match 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 UNC Asheville sports information department.

 A Look at Liberty
After dropping a 3-1 decision at Campbell, Tuesday, the Flames (7-6-1, 2-4-1 Big South)  will be looking to pick up their first victory in four outings, Saturday. Liberty is 0-2-1 over its last three contests.

Saturday's match will be the final road contest for Liberty this season.  The Flames have posted a 3-5 record on the road. After the starting the year 3-1 on the road, Liberty has dropped its last four matches away from home.

The Flames have averaged 1.92 goals per game, while allowing 1.21 goals per contest. Liberty has outscored its opponents, 27-17, on the season. The Flames have recorded five shutouts on the year.

Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 104-79-17 overall mark and a 44-27-7 record in Big South play during his 11 seasons.

Midfielder Phillip Aseweh leads Liberty and is fourth in the Big South Conference with 16 points. The senior has scored five goals and is tied for 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 10th in the Big South in scoring. Each player has netted four goals and recorded four assists.

Defender Uriah Bentick scored Liberty's goal, Tuesday, to join Alex Verville and Darren Amoo with three goals.  Bentick also has added three assists for a career-high nine points.

Freshman goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has started the last four games for the Flames. He will enter Saturday's game with a 0.93 goals-against average and a .733 save percentage. The freshman has recorded two shutouts.

A Look at UNC Asheville
After falling to Duke, 3-0, on Tuesday, the Bulldogs (3-10-3, 2-4-1 Big South) will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday. In addition, UNC Asheville has not won at home since defeating Brevard, 3-0, on Sept. 6. The Bulldogs are 1-2-2 at Greenwood Field this season.

Asheville has been outscored by its opponents, 27-17, this season.  The Bulldogs average 1.06 goals per game, while allowing 1.69 goals per game, so far in 2011. Asheville has recorded three shutouts.

The Bulldogs have posted a 7-23-2 mark in two seasons under head coach Matt Kern.

Jake Hagedorn and Bryan Bartels have both reached double digits in points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring.  Hagedorn paces Asheville with 13 points on six goals and an assist. Bartels has scored four goals and added two assists for 10 points.

Senior goalkeeper Lassi Huskainen has seen all the action in the Bulldog net, recording a 1.59 goals-against average and a Big South-leading .806 save percentage.

All-Time Against UNC Asheville
Liberty and UNC Asheville will meet for the 28th time, Saturday. The Flames hold a 20-5-2 advantage in the all-time series dating back to 1977. Liberty is 9-0-1 against Asheville since 2002.

Last season, the Flames defeated the Bulldogs, 2-0, at Osborne Stadium on Nov. 6, 2010. Travis Joseph scored a goal and assisted on Timothy Bullock's goal in the victory.

In the last meeting between the two teams in Asheville, Liberty erased a 1-0 deficit with goals by Darren Amoo and Chris Phillips to record a 2-1 win on Nov. 7, 2009. Midfielder Juan F. Niño assisted on each goal.

Bentick Sets Personal Best
Defender Uriah Bentick set a new career high for points in a season, Tuesday night.  The junior opened the second half by scoring his third goal of the year, giving him nine points for the year.  He has also has recorded three assists. Bentick's point total surpasses his previous single-season total of seven, which he set last season.

A Look Ahead
Liberty returns home for its final game of the regular season, Wednesday. The Flames will host the Radford Highlanders in a Big South contest. The match set to get under way at 4 p.m.