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Liberty Travels to Face N.C. State, Tuesday

September 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's soccer team will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a non-conference match against the N.C. State Wolfpack, Tuesday.  Match time at Dial Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
A live video stream courtesy of the ACC Extra will also be available on ESPN3. The stream will be accessible by clicking the appropriate link on the schedule/results panel under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.

N.C. State will also provide live stats for the contest and will be available by clicking the appropriate link on the men's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com.

A Look at Liberty
In its last outing, Liberty (3-2-1) tied the American Eagles, 1-1 in two overtimes, Friday evening at Osborne Stadium.

Forward Tresor Mbuyu scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year to give the Flames a 1-0 lead in the first half, only to see the Eagles get the equalizer in the second half. Liberty goalkeeper James Knoebel made a season-high 10 saves over the 110 minutes.

With his goal, Mbuyu now leads the Flames in scoring with nine points (four goals and an assist).  The forward will enter the week tied for the Big South lead in goals and second in points. Midfielder Jovanni Chavez, who assisted on Mbuyu's goal, is second on the team with eight (three goals and two assists).

Midfielder Kevin Mendoza is tied for the conference lead and paces the Flames with three assists. Martin Agredo and Rigoberto Rojas join Chavez with two helpers.

On the year, Liberty has outscored its opponents, 10-7. The Flames have had their last two games go to overtime.

Knoebel, who has played every minute between the posts for the Flames, enters Tuesday's match with a 1.11 goals-against average and a .829 save percentage. Knoebel leads the Big South in saves per game with 5.67 per game.

Head Coach Jeff Alder, a Liberty alum, is in his 16th season of leading the Flames. Liberty is 147-113-24 during his tenure.

A Look at N.C. State
N.C. State (1-5, 1-3 ACC) will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak, Tuesday night. This past Friday, the Wolfpack fell 2-0 at No. 23 Virginia Tech in ACC play. In addition, N.C. State will be looking for its first home win of the year, after losing its first three of 2016.

N.C. State has been outscored by opponents, 13-5.  Three of the Wolfpack's goals have come Ade Taiwo.

Redshirt senior Alex McCauley has played every minute in net for N.C. State, this season.

Head Coach Kelly Findley is in his sixth year at N.C. State. The Wolfpack has posted a 41-44-13 during his tenure.

The Series
N.C. State and Liberty will be meeting for the seventh time in series history, Tuesday. The Wolfpack and Flames have met each of the past four seasons, with N.C. State holding a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, N.C. State defeated Liberty, 2-0, at Osborne Stadium on Sept. 4.

Flames News and Notes

  • The Flames have allowed only one goal in first half of play, this season.
     
  • Liberty has a 2-0 record on the road this season, winning at VMI, 5-2, on Aug. 30 and shutting out USC Upstate, 1-0, in Spartanburg, S.C. on Sept. 6.
  • The Flames will open Big South play at Winthrop, Saturday. The contest is one of four conference matches scheduled for the day. Liberty was picked to finish fifth in the league in the 2016 Big South Preseason poll in August.
     

A Look Ahead
Liberty visits the Winthrop Eagles for its first Big South Conference match of 2016. The Big South contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C.