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Liberty Hosts Radford to End Regular Season

November 1, 2011
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Midfielder Juan F. Niño

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will host the Radford Highlanders in a Big South match, Wednesday at Osborne Stadium.  Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m. The match will be the final contest of the 2011 regular season for the Flames and will play a key role in seeding for next week's Big South Men's Soccer Championship.

How to Follow the Flames
Wednesday'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
With a 3-0 win at UNC Asheville in their final road game of the season, the Flames will close out it regular season looking to post back-to-back wins for the first time since running off six consecutive wins earlier this season.

With their win on Saturday, the Flames finished the year with a 4-5 record on the road and snapped a three-game winless streak. Meanwhile, Liberty has been strong at home this season, posting a 4-1-1 mark.

The Flames have averaged 2.00 goals per game, while allowing 1.13 goals per contest. Liberty has outscored its opponents, 30-17, and has recorded six shutouts this season.

With a win on Saturday, Liberty head coach Jeff Alder has guided his alma mater to a 105-79-17 overall mark and a 45-27-7 record in Big South play during his 11 seasons.

Midfielder Phillip Aseweh leads Liberty and tied for third in the Big South Conference with 18 points. The senior has scored five goals and is also tied for the conference lead with eight assists.

Forwards Timothy Bullock and Travis Joseph are next for Liberty, having recorded 12 points apiece. Each player has netted four goals and recorded four assists.

Defender Uriah Bentick scored two goals last week to set new personal single-season highs in points with 11 and goals with four. He becomes the fourth Flame to tally double-digits in points this season.

Forward Darren Amoo also joined Bentick, Bullock and Joseph with four goals for the year, scoring a goal on Saturday.

Freshman goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has started the last five games for the Flames, recording three shutouts. He will enter Wednesday's game with a 0.76 goals-against average and a .810 save percentage. On Saturday, Sutarik stopped a season-high six shots in posting the shutout.

A Look at Radford
The Highlanders (8-7-1, 3-3-1 Big South) battled Gardner-Webb to a 0-0 tie in their last match, Saturday. They will enter Wednesday game looking for their first road victory since a 2-1 win at Campbell on Sept. 28.

Radford is 2-6 on the road this season, with Wednesday's game and a match at Winthrop on Saturday remaining on its regular season schedule.

The Highlanders have averaged 1.81 goals per game and allowed 1.31 goals per game this season. Radford has outscored its opponents, 29-21, and recorded four shutouts. In their second year under Marc Reeves, the Highlanders have posted a 16-16-4 record.

Radford begins the week with three players with five or more goals and double-digit point totals. Iyiola Awoiska leads the Highlanders and is second in the Big South in scoring with 19 points.  The forward has scored eight goals and has three assists.  His goal total ranks second in the conference.

Luis Grande has 15 points for the Highlanders, having scored six goals and assisted on three others. Brian Gwanzura has recorded 12 points, scoring five goals and adding two assists.

Ryan Taylor has played in 12 games for the Highlanders. In over 995 minutes, he has posted a 1.36 goals-against average and a .700 save percentage.  He has recorded three shutouts.

All-Time Against Radford
Wednesday's match between the Flames and Highlanders will be the 48th meeting between the two schools on the soccer field.  Liberty has met Radford more than any school in soccer, with the Flames holding a 24-15-8 mark in the all-time series.

Liberty and Radford had met in the Big South Conference opening match in each of the previous five years, with the Highlanders holding a 3-1-1 record.

Last season, Radford won 1-0 on an Iyiola Awoiska goal in the regular season meeting between the two teams, Sept. 18, 2010 at Cupp Stadium.  In addition, the Highlanders defeated the Flames, 2-1, in the opening round of the Big South Men's Soccer Championship on Nov. 6 at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.

Liberty and Radford played to a 0-0 draw the last time the two teams meet at Osborne Stadium on Sept. 19, 2009.

Aseweh, Amoo and Niño Move Up Career Charts
With two assists Saturday, senior midfielder Phillip Aseweh continues his climb up the Liberty career assist list.  Tied for the Big South lead with eight assists this season, Aseweh is currently fifth on the program's helper list with 21 for his career. The midfielder enters Wednesday's contest tied with Jesse Barrington, who compiled the same number from 1993-96.

Fellow senior Juan F. Niño has also cracked the program's assist list.  The midfielder has 17 career assists, tying him for seventh on Liberty's career helper list.

Meanwhile with a goal Saturday, forward Darren Amoo has moved into third place on Liberty's career goals list with 34.  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 76 career points. The forward is two points away from moving past Jose Gomez (1997-00), who posted 77 in his career, into fifth place. Roberts is Liberty's all-time leader in points, compiling 94 from 2002-06.

Bentick Sets Personal Best
With two goals this past week, defender Uriah Bentick has set a new career high for points and goals in a season.  The junior has scored four goals and recorded three assists for 11 points, surpassing his previous single-season totals of seven points and three goals.

Marathon Men
Defenders and team captains Chris Phillips and Greg White have played 1,393:32 this season, or every minute of every contest this season for Flames. In addition, each player is in the midst of a starting streak.

White has started every game during his time in a Liberty uniform.  The redshirt junior drew his 54th starting assignment in Liberty's 3-0 win at UNC Asheville, Saturday. 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, Phillips, a redshirt senior and two-time team captain, was in the Liberty starting 11 for the 57th time, Saturday. He has not been out of Liberty's starting 11 since Oct. 24, 2008.

A Look Ahead
Liberty will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., for the 2011 Big South Men's Soccer Championship, Nov. 10-13. Seedings and match times will be determined with the close of the conference's regular season, Saturday.