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Liberty to Host UNC Asheville for Big South Conference Match

September 29, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Defender Geovanny Murillo and the Flames host UNC Asheville, Saturday.

Defender Geovanny Murillo and the Flames host UNC Asheville, Saturday.

The Liberty men's soccer team (4-4-1, 1-0 Big South) will host its first conference home match of the season, Saturday. The Flames will host the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (2-8, 1-0) in the first part of a Big South soccer doubleheader at Osborne Stadium. Match time is scheduled for noon. The Liberty women's soccer team will host Presbyterian in the second game of the afternoon at 3 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 fell to Dayton, 1-0, in non-conference game on Tuesday. In an evenly played contest, a Flyers' goal during the 55th minute proved to be the game-winner.

Last Saturday, the Flames started Big South Conference play with a 4-3 victory at Winthrop. 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 Big South-leading fifth goal of the season and Martin Agredo scored his second marker of the year in the victory.

Not only does Mbuyu lead the Big South Conference in goals, but also points with 12. Mendoza is second on the Flames and tied for third in the conference with 10 points, thanks to a 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. The freshman enters Saturday's contest with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .770 save percentage.

Head Coach Jeff Alder, a Liberty alum, is in his 16th season of leading the Flames. Liberty is 148-115-24 during his tenure.

A Look at UNC Asheville
Just like the Flames, Asheville fell 2-1 at home against Appalachian State on Tuesday, after opening its Big South Conference schedule with a win, defeating Longwood, 3-2 in overtime, last Saturday

Zach Joens is tied with Liberty's Tresor Mbuyu for the Big South lead in goals with five. He is also second in the conference with 11 points. Six other Bulldogs have scored a goal, this season.

Chris Katt has started all 10 games in the UNCA net. He enters Saturday's game with a 2.34 goals-against average and .697 save percentage.

Head Coach Mathes Mennell is in his second year of leading the Bulldogs.

The Series
Asheville and Liberty will be meeting for the 34th time on Saturday. The Flames lead the all-time series, 24-6-3. Last season, the Bulldogs defeated the Flames, 2-1, at Greenwood Field in Asheville, N.C. However, Liberty has posted a 4-1-1 record against Asheville over the last six years.

Flames News and Notes

  • Saturday will be another full day of soccer around the Big South. Besides Liberty and Asheville, there are three other conference contests scheduled.
     
  • Through nine games, Liberty has allowed just one goal in the first half of play. The Flames have outscored opponents, 15-14, on the year and 5-1 in the first half.
     
  • With its win at Winthrop on last Saturday, Liberty has a 3-1 road mark in 2016. The Flames have outscored their opponents, 11-8, in road contests.
  • The Flames have one non-conference match remaining on their 2016 schedule. Liberty will take on Conference USA member Marshall on Oct. 8 in Huntington, W.Va.
     

A Look Ahead
Liberty will travel to Radford, Va., for a Big South match with 2015 NCAA Participant Radford, Wednesday. Match time at Cupp Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.