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Liberty to Host VMI, Tuesday

September 23, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty midfielder Blessing Tahouna

Liberty midfielder Blessing Tahouna

After a three-game road swing, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team returns home to Osborne Stadium for Big South Conference match with the VMI Keydets, Tuesday.  Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
A LIVE video stream of Tuesday's game will be available through the Big South Network and can be accessed by clicking on the live video link under men's soccer on

Live stats will be available for the contest will be available through Stat Broadcast provided by the Liberty Athletics Communications Office.  They can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link under men's soccer on

A Look at Liberty
Liberty moved to 3-2 with a 1-0 victory at American, Saturday.  Defender Sam Duininck scored off a corner kick during the game's 71st minute, pushing the Flames to the victory. The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Flames and came at the end of a three-game road swing.  Each of Liberty's three wins has been a shutout.

Duininck headed a ball lofted to thus far post by midfielder Sachem Wilson past the goalkeeper, scoring the game's lone goal and his first marker of the year.  Defender Murphy Short also garnered an assist on the marker.

Making his first start of the season, senior goalkeeper Sam Chappell made a career-high seven saves over the full 90 minutes, en route to recording the first shutout of his career.

Liberty has been led by midfielder Sachem Wilson in scoring through the first five games of the year. The sophomore has scored a team-leading three goals and eight points.

Duininck, Kyle Breitmeyer, Jonatan Torres and Jacob Sebold have also each netted a goal for the Flames.

Liberty has utilized three different goalkeepers this season.  Chappell and freshman Jeremy Lee have each started one game, with junior Scott Sutarik having started three games. As a team, the Flames have posted a 1.00 goals-against average and an .853 save percentage.

Liberty head coach Jeff Alder is in his 13th year at his alma mater.  Alder has posted a 119-88-22 career record, while heading the Flames' program.

A Look at VMI

VMI enters the Tuesday match off a 5-0 loss to Old Dominion, this past Friday. Tuesday night's match will be the second Big South Conference match for the Keydets (0-6-1).  Earlier this season, VMI fell 3-2 at Campbell in a conference match.

The Keydets have had three different goal scorers this season. Blake McClauley, Wes Saupe and Aaron White have all netted a goal each for VMI.

Goalkeepers Zach Kaplen and Daniel Kitchen have split time in the Keydet net.  As a team, VMI has allowed 3.43 goals per game this season.

The Keydets are lead by Richie Rose, who is in his fourth season at VMI.  Rose's teams have posted a 6-41-5 record during his tenure.

All-Time Against VMI
Tuesday's match will be the 20th meeting between Liberty and the Keydets in men's soccer. Liberty holds a 17-1-2 all-time record in the series, which started in 1975.

Despite the Flames advantage in the series, matches between the two teams have been tightly contested over the past five years. Four of the last five contests have gone to overtime. Last season, a header by Liberty midfielder Jonatan Torres during the 98th minute gave Liberty a 3-2 win in overtime.

Back to Big South Play
Tuesday's game will be the second Big South match for the Flames in 2013. Liberty was edged by Gardner-Webb, 1-0, on Sept. 14 to open its conference schedule.

Last season, the Flames finished the year tied for third in the conference regular season standings with a 6-1-3 record.

The Flames are 93-80-14 all-time in Big South Conference contests. Liberty has posted a .500 or better conference ledger in 20 out of their 22 seasons in the conference.

The Flames have won two Big South titles, both during head coach Jeff Alder's tenure.  Liberty captured conference titles in 2007 and 2011.

Duininck Answers Call
Defender Sam Duininck enters Tuesday's match, having started every Liberty match the past three seasons. The two-time team captain has notched 43 consecutive starting assignments.

A Look Ahead
Liberty returns to the road for a Big South contest at UNC Asheville, Saturday.  The afternoon match-up is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Greenwood Field.