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Liberty to Open Big South Play at Winthrop

September 23, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Forward Tresor Mbuyu

Forward Tresor Mbuyu

The Liberty men's soccer team (3-3-1) will open the Big South Conference portion of its 2016 schedule in Rock Hill, S.C., against the Winthrop Eagles (3-3-1), Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The two conference opponents will begin Big South play against each other for the third straight year. Winthrop, the defending Big South Champion, has won both those meetings.

The Flames were picked to finish fifth and the Eagles were selected to end the regular season in second place in the conference standings by the league head coaches in the 2016 Big South Conference Preseason Poll before the season started.

How to Follow the Flames
A live video stream will be available on the Big South Network at no charge. The stream will be accessible by clicking the appropriate link on the schedule/results panel under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.

Winthrop 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
Liberty (3-3-1) enters Big South play on Saturday, having posted a 3-3-1 record against non-conference competition to start the season.

In its last outing, Liberty was defeated by N.C. State, 3-1, Tuesday. Midfielder Kevin Mendoza's first goal of the year during the 67th minute briefly tied the contest at 1-1.

Forward Tresor Mbuyu leads the Flames with four goals and nine points. Currently, Mbuyu is tied for the Big South lead in goals. Midfielder Jovanni Chavez has eight points on 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.

Knoebel, who has played every minute between the posts for the Flames, enters Saturday's match with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .808 save percentage. Knoebel leads the Big South in saves per game with 6.00 per game.

Head Coach Jeff Alder, a Liberty alum, is in his 16th season of leading the Flames. Liberty is 147-114-24 during his tenure.

A Look at Winthrop
Winthrop (3-3-1) will be hosting its first home game of the season, when it meets the Flames on Saturday. The defending Big South Champion Eagles enter the weekend off a 1-1 draw at Appalachian State, Tuesday.

Five Eagles have scored this season. Rasmus Arousell leads Winthrop with two goals.

The Eagles have used two goalkeepers, with Kenneth Perkinson starting the last five games. Perkinson has a 1.53 goals-against average and a .714 save percentage over 470 minutes.

After 12 years as an assistant on the Winthrop staff, Daniel Ridenhour took over the Eagles program, this season.

The Series
Winthrop and Liberty will be meeting for the 39th time, Saturday. The Flames hold a 23-12-3 record all-time against Eagles.

Winthrop has won the past three meetings including a 2-1 win in overtime at Osborne Stadium, last season.

Flames News and Notes

  • The Flames are 106-68-15 (.601) in 25 years as a member of the Big South Conference. Liberty has won two conference titles, capturing the Big South crown in 2007 and 2011.
     
  • Saturday will be the first time that the Flames have played back-to-back games on the road, this season. After Tuesday's setback at N.C. State, Liberty has a 2-1 road mark in 2016.
     
  • Not only will the Flames and Eagles be opening Big South play. Their contest is one of four conference matches scheduled for Saturday.

 

  • The Flames have allowed only one goal in the first half of play, this season.
     

A Look Ahead
Liberty returns home to Osborne Stadium for two games. The Flames will host the Dayton Flyers in a non-conference match, Tuesday night at 7 p.m., followed by a Big South Conference contest against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Saturday at Noon.