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Liberty to Host Conference Leader Radford

October 19, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Flames will host the Big South Conference-leading Radford Highlanders, Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium.  

The kickoff for the matchup between the Flames (5-7, 1-3) and the Highlanders (10-2-1, 5-1) is scheduled for 6 p.m. The contest was originally scheduled for Oct. 3, but was postponed due to the heavy rains in south central Virginia that weekend.

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
Liberty (5-7, 1-3) returns home after a 1-0 loss at No. 11 Coastal Carolina, Saturday. The Chanticleers scored the match's lone goal during the 86th minute in a tight, defensive contest.

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 for sixth in the Big South in the category.

The Flames have not scored in their past two contests, falling 1-0 in both games.

Jeremy Lee has played every minute in goal for Liberty, so far in 2015. Lee has posted a 1.21 goals-against average and a .722 save percentage. He has recorded three shutouts.

The Flames are in their 15th season under the guidance of Head Coach Jeff Alder. Liberty is 143-108-23 under the Liberty alum.

A Look at Radford
Radford (10-2-1, 5-1) sits atop the Big South Conference with 15 points. The Highlanders defeated High Point, 2-1 in overtime, at home, Saturday.

Radford leads the conference in goals, outscoring its opponents, 28-13, on the season. Sivert Daehlie and Jaime Summers lead the Highlanders with six goals each. Finn Tiedemann has scored five goals.

Goalkeeper Aitor Pouseu Blanco has started every game this season in net for the Highlanders. The redshirt sophomore has posted an 0.94 goals-against average and a .755 save percentage. He has four shutouts.

Head Coach Marc Reeves has led the Highlanders to a 57-37-17 record in his six seasons at Radford. He was the 2014 Big South Coach of the Year.

Liberty holds a 22-17-8 advantage in the all-time series with Radford. However, the Highlanders have won the last two meetings, including a 2-0 win at Radford, last season. The Flames have faced the Highlanders on the pitch more than any other team in their history. 

Flames News and Notes

  • Liberty is 2-4 at home this season. Radford is 2-2 on the road in 2015.
  • Liberty has scored 14 goals and allowed 15.
  • Nine of Liberty's 14 goals have been scored by seniors in 2015.
  • Senior team captain Tim Harbison has started 68 consecutive matches for the Flames. The midfielder/defender has been part of Liberty's starting 11 since joining the Flames in 2012.

A Look Ahead
The Flames take to the road for an evening match at UNC Asheville, Saturday. The Big South Conference contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.