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Liberty to Square off With Dayton at Osborne Stadium, Tuesday

September 26, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Midfielder Pepe Segarra

Midfielder Pepe Segarra

After opening Big South Conference play with a victory at Winthrop on Saturday, the Liberty men's soccer team (4-3-1, 1-0 Big South) returns home for a non-conference match against the Dayton Flyers (2-5-1), Tuesday evening at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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 the schedule/results panel under men's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.

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 started Big South Conference play with a 4-3 victory at Winthrop on Saturday. Midfielder Kevin Mendoza scored twice, his second and third goals of the season, and assisted on another in the win. It was the first time in the sophomore's career that he has netted more than one goal in a contest and his five points were the most in a match for the midfielder.

In addition, Tresor Mbuyu netted his team-leading fifth goal of the season and Martin Agredo scored his second marker of the year in the victory.

Mbuyu enters the week second in the Big South Conference in goals and points with 12. Mendoza is second on the Flames and fourth in the conference with 10 points, thanks to a Big South and team-leading four assists and three goals.

Midfielder Jovanni Chavez (three) and Agredo (two) join Mbuyu and Mendoza as Flames with multiple goals, this season. Agredo also has three assists on the year.

Goalkeeper James Knoebel, who has played every minute between the posts for the Flames this season, begins the week with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .768 save percentage.

Head Coach Jeff Alder, a Liberty alum, is in his 16th season of leading the Flames. Liberty is 148-114-24 during his tenure.

A Look at Dayton
Dayton (2-5-1) enters Tuesday evening's contest in the midst of a four-game road swing. Liberty will be the third game of the swing with a match at UMass, Saturday to begin Atlantic 10 play for Dayton, who are 0-3 on the road so far in 2016.

Freshman Rok Taneski with two goals and three assists for the season, and junior Nick Hagenkord who also has netted two goals, lead the Flyers in scoring.

Dayton has used all three goalkeepers on its roster, this season. The Flyers have been outscored, 13-7, and hold a 1.55 goals-against average.

The Series
The only previous meeting between the Flyers and the Flames in 1991 resulted in a tie.

Flames News and Notes

  • With its win at Winthrop on Saturday, Liberty has a 3-1 road mark in 2016. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 11-8, in road contests.
  • Through eight games, Liberty has allowed just one goal in the first half of play. The Flames have outscored opponents, 15-13, on the year and 5-1 in the first half.
     
  • After Tuesday's match, the Flames will have one non-conference match remaining on its 2016 schedule. Liberty will take on Conference USA member Marshall on Oct. 8 in Huntington, W.Va.
     

A Look Ahead
Liberty returns to Big South Conference play on Saturday. The Flames will host the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Osborne Stadium. Match time is Noon.