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Liberty to Host Winthrop to Open Conference Play

September 24, 2015  Lyncburg, Va.  RSS
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After a three-game road swing, the Liberty men's soccer team returns home to host the Winthrop Eagles, Saturday. The contest will begin Big South play for both teams in 2015.

The Flames (4-4) and Eagles (2-5) will be the first of two contests at Osborne Stadium, Saturday. The Liberty women's soccer team will host Charleston Southern later in the afternoon.

Kickoff for Winthrop-Liberty is scheduled for noon.

Coach's Corner with Jeff Alder
Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder and the Liberty Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce take a look back at the season so far and look ahead in the latest addition of Coach's Corner.

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 schedule/results panel under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.

In addition, live stats powered by StatBroadcast will also 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
The Flames (4-4) saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt at East Tennessee State, 1-0, Tuesday.  The Buccaneers converted a penalty kick during the 80th minute, snapping the Liberty win streak.

The contest was the last non-conference match of the year for the Flames. The final nine games of the 2015 regular season schedule will be Big South Conference contests.

Despite being shut out on Tuesday, seven Flames have scored at least one goal this season. Forward Sachem Wilson leads the Flames with three goals. Freshman Nico Bellarde and senior Tim Harbison have scored two goals each for Liberty.

Geovanny Murillo and fellow midfielder Kurt Meyers lead the Flames with three assists apiece. They are currently tied for the Big South lead.

Jeremy Lee has played every minute in goal for Liberty, so far in 2015. Lee has posted a 1.35 goals-against average over 734 minutes and recorded two shutouts. In the past four matches combined, the junior and the Flames have allowed two goals.

The Flames are in their 15th season under the guidance of Head Coach Jeff Alder. Liberty is 142-105-23 under the Liberty alum.

A Look at Winthrop
Winthrop (2-5) enters Saturday's match fresh off a 2-0 victory over Appalachian State at home, Tuesday evening.

Not only will the Eagles look to start Big South play with a win, but will also be seeking their first road win of 2015. Winthrop has a 0-3 mark in road matches this season.

Four different Eagles have scored a goal in 2015. Defender Jordi Lluch leads Winthrop with six goals on the year. The senior is second in the Big South in goals.

Fabian Broich and Hector Fernandez have split time in the Winthrop net this season. Fernandez has started four games, posting a 3.17 goals-against average over 312 minutes. Broich has been in goal for three games, recording both wins. He has a 1.67 goals-against average over 250 minutes.

Last season, Winthrop posted a 13-4-2 overall mark and tied for third with a 6-2-1 record in the Big South. The Eagles return nine starters from 2014.

Head Coach Rich Posipanko is in his 27th season at Winthrop and 37th year overall. Posipanko's teams have averaged 10 wins per season during his coaching career.  The Eagles have posted a 266-216-36 mark during his tenure.

Winthrop and Liberty will be meeting for the 38th time, Saturday. The Flames hold a 23-11-3 record all-time against Eagles. Winthrop took both meetings between the two teams last season. The Eagles defeated the Flames, 2-0, during the regular season and 4-1 in the Big South Quarterfinals. Both contest were in Rock Hill, S.C.

Flames News and Notes

  • Tuesday's game was the final non-conference match of the year for the Flames. Liberty will finish its 2015 regular season with nine Big South Conference contests. Last season, the Flames tied for third in the conference with a 6-3 mark.
  • Kurt Meyers and Geovanny Murrillo are tied for the Big South Conference lead with three assists. Coastal Carolina's Sergio Camargo also has three.
  • Eight of Liberty's 11 goals have been scored by seniors in 2015. The other three have been scored by freshmen.
  • Liberty has scored 11 goals and allowed 11 in 2015.
  • Liberty is 2-2 at Osborne Stadium, this season.
  • Saturday will be the second time this season that the Flames and Lady Flames will have a doubleheader at Osborne Stadium. On Aug. 28, the Lady Flames tied Tennessee, 0-0, while the Flames defeated Bluefield, 2-1.
  • Senior team captain Tim Harbison has started 64 consecutive matches for the Flames. The midfielder/defender has been part of Liberty's starting 11 since joining the Flames in 2012.
  • The Flames are 104-62-14 (.617) over 24 years as a member of the Big South Conference. Liberty has won two conference titles, capturing the Big South crown in 2007 and 2011.
  • Liberty was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the association's team academic award for the 2014-15 academic year, Wednesday. The NSCAA annually recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field. The award recognizes programs with a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

A Look Ahead
The Flames will have six days off, before hosting the Radford Highlanders on Oct. 3 at Osborne Stadium. Kickoff for the Big South contest is scheduled for 2 p.m.