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.
How to Follow the Flames 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 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.
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