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Liberty to Visit James Madison, Friday

September 17, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kyle Carr

Kyle Carr

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will head to Harrisonburg, Va., for a match against the James Madison Dukes, Friday evening.

The contest is the middle game of a three-game road swing for the Flames (3-3). The Flames opened the three-game stretch with a win at Howard, Tuesday.

Kickoff for the Liberty-James Madison (0-4-1) match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at University Park.

A Look at Liberty
The Flames (3-3) will look to extend its winning streak to three games on Friday evening.

For the first time this season, Liberty won back-to-back games, taking the first game of a three-game road swing, 2-1, at Howard, Tuesday. With the win, Liberty evened its road record to 1-1 on the year.

Nico Bellarde and Sachem Wilson each scored goals in the Flames' victory, Tuesday. Bellarde scored his second goal of the year, heading in a free kick by midfielder Kurt Meyers in the first half. Wilson netted his third goal of the year and the game-winner off a throw-in by Jamie Foxwell in the second half.

Six Flames have scored at least one goal this season, with Wilson leading the Flames with three. Bellarde, a freshman, and senior Tim Harbison have scored two goals for Liberty.

With a helper on Tuesday, midfielder Kurt Meyers leads the Flames with three assists. Freshman Geovanny Murillo has two assists.

Jeremy Lee started and played the entire game in goal for Liberty, so far in 2015. Lee has posted a 1.62 goals-against average over 554 minutes.

The Flames are in their 15th season under the guidance of Head Coach Jeff Alder. Liberty is 141-104-23 under the Liberty alum.

A Look at James Madison
James Madison (0-4-1) returns home in search of its first win of 2015.

The Dukes come off a three-game road swing in which they fell at Penn State, West Virginia and 2014 National Champion Virginia. Tuesday, James Madison dropped a 2-0 decision at Virginia.

Three Dukes have scored goals this season. Toby Appleton, Billy Metzler and Eric Schmidt have each netted a goal.  Two of the markers were unassisted, while Michael Russo recorded the only James Madison assist on the other.

Head Coach Tom Foley is in his first season with the Dukes.

Liberty and James Madison will be meeting for the first time since 2004, Friday evening. The Dukes hold a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series.

Flames News and Notes

  • Sachem Wilson has scored a goal in each of Liberty's last three contests, including his fifth multi-point game in Liberty's win over VMI on Saturday. The senior has also netted 23 career goals, leaving him four shy of entering the program's top 10.
  • Wilson is fourth in the Big South Conference with seven points.
  • Kurt Meyers is tied for first in the Big South Conference with three assists. Coastal Carolina's Sergio Camargo also has three.
  • Senior Tim Harbison has started 62 consecutive matches for the Flames. The midfielder/defender has been part of Liberty's starting 11 since joining the Flames in 2012.
  • Seven of Liberty's 10 goals have been scored by seniors in 2015. The other three have been scored by freshmen.
  • With a 2-1 win on Tuesday, Liberty has now scored 10 goals and allowed 10 in 2015.
  • 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
The Flames will finish up their three-game road swing with a match at East Tennessee State, next Tuesday. Match time in Johnson City, Tenn., is scheduled for 5 p.m.