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Men's Soccer to Host Gardner-Webb, Saturday

October 8, 2015  Lyncburg, Va.  RSS
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Blessing Tahuona

Blessing Tahuona

The Liberty Flames will host the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs in a Big South Conference contest, Saturday at Osborne Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

The Liberty (5-5, 1-1)-Gardner-Webb (1-9, 0-2) contest will be the first of a doubleheader with the Liberty women's team, which will host the High Panthers at 4 p.m.

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A Look at Liberty
Liberty (5-5, 1-1) will look to build upon its 2-0 victory at High Point, in Big South Conference play, Wednesday. The shutout was the third for the Flames this season as they evened their conference record at 1-1.

Geovanny Murrillo scored his first collegiate goal during the opening half and Blessing Tahuona netted his second marker of the year in the second half in the victory. Forward Bay Kurtz found Tahuona with a crossing pass early in the second to record his second assist of 2015.

Goalkeeper Jeremy Lee made four saves in recording the fourth shutout of his career.

The Flames have seen nine players score 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 with two other players for fourth in the Big South in the category.

Jeremy Lee has played every minute in goal for Liberty, so far in 2015. Lee has posted a 1.26 goals-against average. He has recorded three shutouts.

The Flames are in their 15th season under the guidance of Head Coach Jeff Alder. Liberty is 143-106-23 under the Liberty alum.

A Look at Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb (1-9, 0-2) enters Saturday's contest off a 3-2 double overtime loss at home to Winthrop, Wednesday in Big South Conference play.

The Bulldogs will be looking for their first road win of the season, Saturday. The Running Bulldogs are 0-4 on the road, with three games coming against ranked opponents.

Nine Gardner-Webb players have netted a goal, this season. Sami Jilla and Marvin Mendy lead the Runnin' Bulldogs with three goals apiece.

William Liles and Matthew Swan have split the playing time in goal for Gardner-Webb. The two have combined to post a 3.35 goals-against average.

Head Coach Tony Setzer is in his 28th year at Gardner-Webb. He is the program's leader in wins with 186.

Gardner-Webb and Liberty will meet for the 20th time, Saturday. The Flames lead the all-time series, 10-5-2.

Last season, Liberty defeated Gardner-Webb, 1-0, in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Flames and Bulldogs last met at Osborne Stadium in 2012, playing to a 0-0 tie.

Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty has scored 14 goals and allowed 13.
  • Nine of Liberty's 14 goals have been scored by seniors in 2015.
  • With their win on Wednesday, the Flames are 3-2 on the road this season.
  • Senior team captain Tim Harbison has started 66 consecutive matches for the Flames. The midfielder/defender has been part of Liberty's starting 11 since joining the Flames in 2012.
  • Saturday will be the third time this season that the Flames and Lady Flames have hosted a doubleheader at Osborne Stadium.  The Flames are 1-1, while the Lady Flames have posted a 1-0-1 record.

A Look Ahead
Liberty will travel to Conway, S.C., for a Big South contest at No. 4 ranked Coastal Carolina on Oct. 16. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at CCU Soccer Field.