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Liberty to Begin Road Swing at Howard, Tuesday

September 14, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman midfielder Geovanny Murillo

Freshman midfielder Geovanny Murillo

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team begins a stretch of three straight road matches, with a contest in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

Liberty (2-3) squares off with Howard (0-5) in the first game of the road swing. The contest between the Flames and the Bison will be Liberty's second road contest of the season

Kickoff for the non-conference contest at Greene Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m., Tuesday.

A Look at Liberty
The Flames (2-3) will look to build upon Saturday's 3-0 victory over VMI at Osborne Stadium, this past Saturday.

Midfielder Kevin Mendoza, forward Sachem Wilson and midfielder Tim Harbison each scored a goal in Liberty's first shutout of 2015. Goalkeeper Jeremy Lee made one save in recording the shutout.

Mendoza scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the contest, while Wilson netted a goal and assisted Mendoza to post the first multi-point game by a Flame this season. Harbison scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick late in the second half.

With Mendoza scoring on Saturday, six Flames have scored at least one goal this season. Wilson and Harbison lead Liberty with two goals, while Wilson also has an assist to top the Flames with five points

Midfielder Kurt Meyers and freshman midfielder Geovanny Murrillo lead the Flames with two assists apiece. Murillo recorded his second assist of the year on Mendoza's goal

Jeremy Lee has started all five matches in goal for Liberty. Lee has posted a 1.74 goals-against average over 464:38 minutes.

The Flames are in their 15th season under the guidance of Head Coach Jeff Alder. Liberty is 140-104-23 under the Liberty alum.

A Look at Howard
After starting the year with five road contests, the Bison (0-5) return home for their first home game, Tuesday.

Howard lost to Big South member Radford, 3-1, this past Tuesday in Radford, Va. A goal by Nigel Grant during the 24th minute tied the game at 1-1.

Forward Kyle Clestine has scored two out of the Bison's three goals in 2015. Along with Grant's goal, all three have been unassisted.

Head coach Phillip Gyau is in his second season heading his alma mater.

Liberty and Howard will meet for the eighth straight season, Tuesday.  The Flames lead the all-time series between the two schools, 7-6. However, the Flames have won all seven matches between the two teams since the series resumed in 2008, including a 4-0 victory over Howard at Osborne Stadium last season.

Change Announced for James Madison Match
James Madison has announced a schedule change to its match with Liberty, Friday in Harrisonburg, Va.

Instead of meeting on Saturday, the Flames and Dukes are now scheduled to square off at James Madison's University Park on Friday.  Kickoff for the game is 7:30 p.m.

Flames News and Notes

  • Sachem Wilson multi-point game in Liberty's win over VMI on Saturday was the fifth of his career. The senior has also netted 22 career goals, leaving him five shy of entering the program's top 10.
  • Six of Liberty's eight goals have been scored by seniors in 2015. While Wilson and Harbison have combined for four this season, Tyler Bullock and Blessing Tahuona have also netted a goal apiece.
  • Saturday's shutout was the second of goalkeeper Jeremy Lee's career. His first shutout came on Oct. 15 in a 3-0 shutout against Howard at Osborne Stadium.
  • With Saturday's win, Liberty is now 2-2 at Osborne Stadium, this season. The Flames are scheduled to play nine games there in 2015.

A Look Ahead
Liberty next travels to Harrisonburg, Va., Friday evening for a match at James Madison. Match time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at University Park.