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Liberty to Host Campbell for Big South Contest

November 4, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Midfielder Will Coleman

Midfielder Will Coleman

The Liberty men's soccer team will host the Campbell Camels at Osborne Stadium, Wednesday evening. Match time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The match is one of two home contests for the Flames this week, as they finish out the 2014 regular season. Liberty is among several teams still vying for one of the four top spots in the Big South standings. The Big South Men's Soccer Championship gets underway with the top four teams in the league's standings hosting quarterfinal games, next Tuesday.

Liberty (9-5-1, 4-3) enters the match having won three straight conference matches and four of their last five contests overall. Meanwhile, Campbell (5-10, 2-5) has dropped their last two matches, falling at home to High Point and Winthrop.

How to Follow the Flames
A free live video stream courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network will be available by clicking the appropriate link on the schedule/results panel under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.

In addition, live stats powered by StatBroadcast will be available for the contest by clicking the appropriate link on the men's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com.

A Look at Liberty
After defeating Presbyterian, 1-0, in their final road game of the regular season, the Flames (9-5-1, 4-3) will enter Wednesday's contest having won three straight Big South matches.

Ernest Siaw scored his second goal of the season late in the first half and the Flames' defense shut down the Presbyterian attack to record its fifth shutout of the season in the victory.

Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik made five saves in posting his 21st career shutout. The clean sheet tied him for second on Liberty's all-time list with George Nimo (1987-90).

The senior keeper has posted 0.98 goals-against average and .763 save percentage in 14 games this season. Last Tuesday, Sutarik was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2014.

Junior Sachem Wilson leads the Flames with six goals and 12 points. Midfielder Tim Harbison is second with three goals, while Siaw, Jovanni Chavez, Jamie Foxwell, Bay Kurtz, Khalil Karl and Blessing Tahuona have scored two goals apiece. The Flames have now had 11 different players score a goal this season.

Defender Conner Fleming, Alan Arellano and Kurtz lead Liberty with three assists each.

Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 136-97-23 mark during his tenure.

A Look at Campbell
Wednesday's contest will be the last regular season road game for Campbell (5-10, 2-5).  The Camels will be looking to get back on track in conference play after dropping back-to-back contests to Big South opponents High Point and Winthrop at home.

Bradley Farias leads the Camels and is second in the conference with nine goals.  He has scored half of Campbell's 18 goals this season.

Goalkeeper Matthew Mozynski has started every game this season for the Camels.  He has posted a 2.00 goals-against average and a .741 save percentage.

Head Coach Steve Armas is in his fifth year at Campbell. He has led the Camels to a 37-43-12 record during his tenure.                                                                                            

Flames Notes

  • Liberty enters the weekend in fifth place in the Big South with a 4-3 record and 12 points. With two conference games remaining, the Flames are still in the hunt for one of the four top seeds for the Big South Men's Soccer Championship, which begins on Nov. 11. The top four seeds each host a quarterfinal match that day.
  • With two home games left, the Flames are 3-2 at Osborne Stadium this season.
  • Liberty finished the regular season 6-3-1 away from Lynchburg. Liberty is 4-3-1 in away games and 2-0 in neutral site contests in 2014. In Big South play, the Flames posted a 3-2 mark.
  • Liberty finished the regular season with a 5-2-1 record in non-conference contests.
  • The Flames have outscored their opponents, 26-18, this season.
  • Last week, goalkeeper Scott Sutarik was named the Big South Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 20-26. The honor was his second Big South Defensive Player of the Week plaudit this season.
  • Sutarik is second in the Big South with a 0.98 goals-against average and in shutouts with five.
  • Forward Sachem Wilson leads the Flames and is fifth in the Big South with six goals.
  • Midfielder Tim Harbison and defender Jamie Foxwell are the only Flames to start every game this season.

A Look Ahead
Liberty finishes its regular season schedule, Saturday.  The Flames will host the High Point Panthers at Osborne Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Later in the day, the conference will announce the seeding for the 2014 Big South Men's Soccer Championship and the location of next Tuesday's quarterfinal contests.