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Flames Head to Lexington for Non-conference Match with VMI

August 29, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames Head to Lexington for Non-conference Match with VMI

Fresh off a 2-0 win over Howard in their season opener on Friday, the Liberty Flames men's soccer team travel to Lexington, Va., for a non-conference match at VMI, Tuesday. Match time is slated for 4 p.m. at Patchin Field. The contest will be the first road contest of the season for the Flames.

VMI, a former Big South member, and Liberty will be meeting for the 13th consecutive season on the pitch and the 24th time all-time.

How to Follow the Flames
Live stats will be available for the contest courtesy of the VMI Sports Information Office by clicking the appropriate link on the men's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com.

A Look at Liberty
For the fourth straight season, the Flames won their season opener, defeating the Howard Bison, 2-0, at Osborne Stadium on Friday.

The Flames have 14 newcomers on their roster, many which had a role in Liberty's win, Friday. Transfer midfielder Tresor Mbuyu netted the Flames' first goal of the season with transfer midfielder Pepe Segarra and freshman forward Rigoberto Rojas collecting assists. Meanwhile, transfer senior forward Martin Agredo scored Liberty's second goal off a return pass from Kevin Mendoza.

Newcomer James Knoebel recorded the shutout in his first start in the Liberty net. Knoebel made three saves in recording the win.

Head Coach Jeff Alder, a Liberty alum, is in his 16th season of leading the Flames. Liberty is 145-111-23 during his tenure.

A Look at VMI
The Keydets fell to Big South member Longwood, 4-0, Friday in their first game of 2016 and under head coach Michael Bonelli.  Trailing 1-0 after the first half at Patchin Field, VMI saw Longwood tally three more goals in the second in the victory.

VMI sophomores Robert Allen and Mason Worsham are both competing for time in the goal box. Both goalkeepers saw limited action 2015 behind school save leader Alex Guerra, who graduated. Allen and Worsham gave up two goals each in the Longwood contest.

VMI, a former member of the Big South Conference and now a member for the Southern Conference, and Liberty will be meeting for the 24th time in the all-time series, Tuesday. Liberty holds a 19-2-2 advantage in the series.

Flames News and Notes

  • Tuesday will be the first of seven road games for the Flames, this season. Four of the contests will be Big South Conference games.
  • The Flames' shutout in Friday's contest was their first in a season opener since 2013, when Liberty defeated Georgia State, 1-0, on August 30 in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Liberty is scheduled to play nine home matches in 2016. Besides Howard, who the Flames hosted last Friday, Liberty will host non-conference opponents American, Buffalo, Dayton and William & Mary, while squaring off with Campbell, High Point, Presbyterian and UNC Asheville for Big South contests.
  • Six of Liberty's newcomers have been named All-Americans at either the high school or college level. New Flames Corban Crosley, Shalom Dutey and Rigoberto Rojas each were named All-Americans during their high school career, while transfers Tresor Mbuyu, Edgardo Reyes and Pepe Segarra earned the honor during their time in the college ranks. 

A Look Ahead
Next up, a non-conference match against Commonwealth opponent William & Mary at Osborne Stadium, Friday. The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is the second game of a soccer doubleheader with the Liberty women's team. The Lady Flames will host Appalachian State at 4 p.m.