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#4 Liberty Rolls Past #5 Birmingham-Southern 2-0 in First Round of 2006 Big South Men's Soccer Tournament
With its fifth-straight victory, Liberty improves to 9-5 on the season and moves on to play No. 1 seed Winthrop, a 2-0 winner over No. 8 seed VMI in the second game of the afternoon, Friday at 4 p.m. in the semifinals. With loss, the Birmingham-Southern ends the season at 6-10-1. It is the first time since 1999 that the Flames have won five-straight games.
Pressuring the Panther net early, the Flames jumped on top in the 31st minute in the first half. Midfielder Brandon Patterson (Jr., MF, Lakeland, Fla.) found Darryl Roberts (R-Sr., Trincity, Trinidad) open in the box with a pass, which the forward flipped to the right side hitting an attacking Boateng (MF, Accra, Ghana) who put the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 Liberty lead. It was the sophomore's third goal of the season.
In the second half, Liberty added another goal in the 52nd minute to push its lead to 2-0. Forward Toby Lewis (Jr., Morrison, Colo.) won control of the ball at midfield and lofted a pass behind the Birmingham-Southern defense to midfielder Bumbut (Sr., Zalau, Romania). Bumbut then beat the goalkeeper one-on-one for an insurance goal and his fifth tally of the season.
Once again, the Flames continued their recent outstanding play on the defensive end as for the fourth time in five games, Liberty led by all-conference first team defender Osei Telesford (Sr., San Juan, Trinidad) shut out the Panthers.
Liberty took 13 shots on the day as the Flames' defense held the Panthers to just five shots. Birmingham-Southern goalkeeper Joseph Anthony posted four saves, while Flame netminder Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.) recorded two saves.
Liberty Coach Jeff Alder
"I am very proud of our boys today. We talked about this before the game. We must be courageous and rely on our teammates. In the game, we rallied around each other and that was the recipe for success."
Birmingham-Southern Coach Preston Goldfarb
"It was a hard fought game."