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Liberty Men's Soccer Travels to Winthrop
Looking to extend their winning streak to five games, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team will visit the Winthrop Eagles for a Big South match-up, Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Eagle Field. The Flames have won four consecutive contests, including three in Big South play.
How to Follow the Flames
Saturday's match 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.
In addition, Live Stats will be available for Saturday afternoon's contest via LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link under men's soccer in the schedule bar on the main page. Both the video stream and live stats are provided courtesy of the Winthrop Media Relations office.
Earlier this morning, the Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce talked with Liberty head coach Jeff Alder about tomorrow's match at Winthrop. The interview with Alder can be accessed by clicking the Flames audio link above.
A Look at Liberty
Liberty (7-7, 4-1 Big South) extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime win at VMI, Tuesday afternoon. Midfielder Johnny Torres' header at 93:57 gave the Flames the victory. Forward Kyle Breitmeyer and Travis Joseph also scored in the contest for Liberty. Joseph had two assists to record a four-point afternoon. It was the fourth time in five years Liberty and VMI have played past regulation.
Breitmeyer leads Liberty with six goals and 13 points on the year. He has netted a goal in five out of the last six games. The junior forward enters Saturday's contest tied for fourth in the Big South in goals.
Defenders Sam Duininck and Greg White have each netted two goals apiece for the Flames. With their goals on Tuesday, Joseph and Torres join midfielder Juan Niño and Uriah Bentick with one goal. Freshman midfielder/defender Tim Harbison has assisted on three of the Flames' markers to lead the squad.
Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik has started seven straight games for the Flames, logging over 837 minutes in the Liberty net. He enters Saturday's contest with a 1.40 goals-against average and .723 save percentage. During the Flames' win streak, Sutarik has posted a 0.73 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Head Coach Jeff Alder has led the Flames to a 114-85-19 record during his 12 seasons, capturing his 100th victory in a 2-0 win at No. 10 Virginia on Sept. 13, 2011. Alder's Flames posted an 11-6-3 record in 2011, en route to their second Big South Conference crown and fifth consecutive season with a double-digit win total.
All-Time Against Winthrop
Liberty and Winthrop will meet for the 33rd time, Saturday afternoon. Liberty holds a 20-10-2 record in the all-time series, which started in 1978.
Although the Flames dominated the early part of the all-time series between the two schools, the series has become one of the more anticipated games on the Big South schedule since 2000. Liberty holds a 10-7-1 advantage over the Eagles since 2000, but with their overtime win at Osborne Stadium last season, Winthrop has the slight edge since 2005 at 6-5-1.
After a scoreless regulation, Adam Bundle's penalty kick in overtime gave the Eagles a 1-0 win over the Flames in their last meeting on Oct. 22, 2011. Liberty defeated Winthrop, 3-0, on Sept. 25, 2010 during the two squads' last match at Eagle Stadium. Current Flames midfielder Richard Nyarko scored for Liberty in the victory.
A Look at Winthrop
Winthrop (6-7, 2-3 Big South) begins a four-game homestand, looking to snap a two-game losing streak, Saturday. All four games are Big South contests for the Eagles. On Wednesday, Winthrop dropped a tightly-contested, 1-0, decision at 10th-ranked Coastal Carolina. The Eagles have four players who have each scored five goals this season - Alex Isern, Mason Lavallet, Achille Obougou and Marc Seggara. Isern also has team-leading six assists to pace Winthrop with 16 points. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Tom Banfield has seen the majority of the time between the posts for the Eagles. Banfield has logged over 912 minutes in the goal, recording a 2.37 goals-against average and a .680 save percentage. Meanwhile, senior Enrique Miranda drew the start this past Wednesday at Coastal Carolina. The senior has played in four games, posting a 1.18 goals-against average and a .727 save percentage. He has the lone shutout by the Eagles this season. Head Coach Rich Posipanko is in his 24th year at Winthrop. The longest tenured and winningest coach in Big South Conference history, he has guided the Eagles to a 234-192-31 career mark. Posipanko has led Winthrop to four Big South titles, the most recent one in 2009.
70 and Counting
Senior defender Greg White started his 70th consecutive match in Liberty's 3-2 victory at VMI, Tuesday. The defender and two-time Liberty team captain has started every game of his Flames career.
White has been a starter in each game during the past three years (2009-11), with his streak starting on Sept. 1, 2009 in a 10-1 Liberty victory over Concord. Last season, he played every minute in each of Liberty's contests.
Breitmeyer Finds His Touch
Forward Kyle Breitmeyer continued his scoring streak, netting a goal in his fourth consecutive game, Tuesday. The junior has also scored a goal in five out of his last six games.
Breitmeyer leads the Flames with six goals and 13 points. The forward is tied for fourth in the Big South in goals.
A week ago, Breitmeyer posted the first multiple goal game of his career, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory at Presbyterian College. He collected goals in each half of the win.
Before Tuesday's Liberty victory at VMI, Breitmeyer netted the game-winner in the previous three Liberty contests. His first two game-winning markers were the only goals in the game by either team, as the Flames claimed back-to-back 1-0 victories.
Finishing with Conference
Liberty is in the midst of seven consecutive Big South games to complete the 2012 regular season.
The Flames have started the stretch on a high note with back-to-back wins at Presbyterian College and VMI and enter Saturday's contest with a 4-1 conference record and 12 points. Coastal Carolina tops the Big South standings with a 7-0 record and 21 points. Radford, who the Flames will visit on Oct. 30, is second with a 6-0 mark and 18 points.
A Look Ahead
Liberty next returns home to host High Point and Gardner-Webb in Big South matches. The Flames will first square off with the High Point Panthers on the East Campus Fields, Tuesday. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.