Flames NewsFlames Home > Men's Soccer Home > News
Liberty Unveils Men's Soccer Schedule
A challenging nine-game home slate highlights the upcoming 2012 Men's Soccer schedule for the defending Big South Champion Liberty Flames.
"We feel our 2012 schedule will stretch our young group right out of the gate," stated Jeff Alder, who enters his 12th year as head coach of the Flames. "Our hope is that playing three ACC teams in August will prepare our guys for conference play and the Big South Championship in November."
"After losing six seniors to graduation and five players to the professional ranks, we must get contributions from some new players immediately. Our returning players will need to provide leadership and direction for our young guys during preseason and the early part of this schedule."
Liberty will get its 2012 season underway with exhibitions against Virginia Tech and Virginia. The Flames are scheduled to meet the Hokies at Osborne Stadium on Aug. 14, while facing Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 18.
Six days later, Liberty will open the 2012 regular season and the 37th year of Liberty men's soccer by welcoming N.C. State to Osborne Stadium. The Aug. 24 contest is slated to start at 7 p.m. After their home opener, the Flames will take to the road for four matches, starting with a Big South match at conference newcomer Longwood in Farmville, Va., on Sept. 1.
The following weekend, Liberty will play two neutral site games at the Sculley Memorial Tournament at VMI in Lexington, Va. The Flames will face Marshall on Sept. 7 and George Washington on Sept. 9 at the tournament. Liberty concludes the road swing with a contest at Howard on Sept. 12.
The Flames will return to Osborne Stadium on Sept. 19 for a Big South match against Coastal Carolina. The contest will start a string of five consecutive home games. Nonconference matches with Richmond (Sept. 25) and Wofford (Sept. 29) complete the September slate for the Flames, while a Big South contest against Campbell (Oct. 5) and nonconference tilt with American (Oct. 9) begin the month of October.
Liberty will then have three road contests, all Big South Conference matches. The Flames will face Presbyterian (Oct. 12), VMI (Oct. 16) and Winthrop (Oct. 20) during the stretch.
Three of Liberty's last four contests of the regular season will be at Osborne Stadium. Alder's squad will host High Point (Oct. 23) and Gardner-Webb (Oct. 27) in Big South matches, before traveling to Radford on Oct. 30. The Flames conclude the regular season Nov. 2 with a home match against UNC Asheville.
Liberty will then begin defense of its Big South title. Under a new format, the Conference's top eight teams will square off at the home field of the top four teams on Nov. 6. The winners will then advance to the semifinals on Nov. 9, with the Big South Championship final on Nov. 11. The semifinals and finals will played at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.