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Liberty to Close Regular Season by Hosting High Point

November 7, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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 Senior goalkeeper Scott Sutarick

Senior goalkeeper Scott Sutarick

The Liberty men's soccer team will host the High Point Panthers in a Big South Conference match at Osborne Stadium, Saturday afternoon.  Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.  The contest will be the final regular season game of 2014 for both teams.

Liberty (10-5-1, 5-3) enters the match having won four straight conference matches. Despite the outcome of Saturday's match, the Flames are locked into the fifth spot in the Big South Conference standings.

Meanwhile, High Point (9-6-2, 6-1-1) is unbeaten in their last four games and enters Saturday's contest off a 1-1 tie at Coastal Carolina, Wednesday.  The Panthers are currently tied for second in the conference with Coastal Carolina. Saturday's contest and the Chanticleers' contest at Longwood will help determine the seeding between the two teams for the upcoming Big South Men's Soccer Championship.

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A Look at Liberty
After defeating Campbell at Osborne Stadium, 2-1, Wednesday, the Flames (10-5-1, 5-3) will enter the final game of their 2014 season, having won four consecutive Big South matches.

Tyler Bullock netted his second goal of the year and Tim Harbison netted his fourth goal and game-winner during the second half in Liberty's victory, Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik made five saves in the contest. The senior keeper has posted 0.98 goals-against average and .769 save percentage in 15 games this season. He currently ranks second in the Big South Conference in goals-against average and shutouts with five.

Junior forward Sachem Wilson leads the Flames with six goals and 12 points, while, Harbison is second with four goals. With his goal, Bullock joins Jovanni Chavez, Jamie Foxwell, Bay Kurtz, Khalil Karl, Blessing Tahuona and Ernest Siaw having scored two goals apiece for the Flames. Liberty has seen 11 different players score a goal this season.

Four different Flames have tied for the team lead with three assists each. Conner Fleming, Kurtz, Troy Reeves and Alan Arellano have collected three helpers.

Liberty alumnus Jeff Alder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Flames. Liberty has posted a 137-97-23 mark during his tenure.

A Look at High Point
High Point (9-6-2, 6-1-1) has posted a 3-0-1 record over its last four games.  Wednesday night, the Panthers tied at Coastal Carolina, 1-1. 

High Point has scored 34 goals this season and is led by forward Mamde Nyepon, the Big South's leading scorer with 11 goals this season. Avery Ryan also is among the conference leaders in goals with six.

Goalkeeper Kody Palmer has posted a 1.10 goals-against average and a .696 save percentage in 12 games in 2014. He has been in goal during two of the Panthers' four shutouts this season.   

Head Coach Dustin Fonder is in his eighth season at High Point. Fonder has guided the Panthers to a 77-61-18.

Big South Quarterfinals, Tuesday
Liberty enters the weekend in fifth place in the Big South standings with a 5-3 record and 12 points. The Flames are locked into that position in the standings and will play at Winthrop, the No. 4 seed, Tuesday night in the 2014 Big South Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinals. No time for the match-up has been determined.

The final seeds and pairings will be announced with the end of conference regular season play on Saturday. The quarterfinal contests will be played at one of the top four seeds in the tournament, Tuesday.   The winners advance to Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C., for the semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday.

The Seniors
Recognized earlier this season, seniors Scott Sutarik and David Maharaj will be playing in their final regular season home game of their Liberty soccer careers, Saturday.  

Flames Notes

  • With it victory on Wednesday, Liberty reached 10 wins in a season for the 18th time in the program's 40-year history. Eight of those years have been achieved during Head Coach Jeff Alder's 14-year tenure.
  • Saturday's contest between High Point and Liberty was originally scheduled for Oct. 7. However, inclement weather and field conditions forced a postponement of the match.
  • Liberty has outscored its opponents, 28-19, in 2014.
  • The Flames are 4-2 at Osborne Stadium this season. Liberty has posted a 2-1 record at home in Big South play.
  • 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.
  • The Flames finished the regular season with a 5-2-1 record in non-conference contests.
  • 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 posted his 21st career shutout in Liberty's 1-0 win at Presbyterian, last Saturday. The clean sheet tied him for second on Liberty's all-time list with George Nimo (1987-90).
  • Forward Sachem Wilson leads the Flames and is tied for sixth in the Big South with six goals.
  • Midfielder Tim Harbison and defender Jamie Foxwell are the only Flames to start every game this season.