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Liberty to Close Out Its Regular Season at Longwood

November 1, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Midfielder Alan Arellano

Midfielder Alan Arellano

The Liberty men's soccer team will finish its 2016 regular season schedule, Wednesday evening. The Flames (7-7-2, 4-2-1 Big South) will travel up Route 460 to Farmville, Va., for a Big South match against the Longwood Lancers (5-11-1, 2-5 Big South). Match time at the Longwood Athletics Complex is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Liberty will enter Wednesday's match unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1). The Flames have qualified for the 2016 Big South Tournament and are in the mix to host a quarterfinal match by finishing either third or fourth in the conference standings. The Flames shut out Presbyterian, 2-0, Saturday in their last outing.

Meanwhile, Longwood fell at Winthrop, 3-2, Saturday. The Lancers come into their final game of the regular season in the mix with three other teams for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

How to Follow the Flames
A free live video stream courtesy of 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 will also be available courtesy of Longwood Media Relations by clicking the appropriate link on the men's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com

A Look at Liberty
Midfielder Pepe Segarra scored twice and Liberty did not allow a shot on goal in a 2-0 Senior Day victory over Presbyterian, Saturday. Segarra, the Big South Attacking Player of the Week, netted his third and fourth goals of the season in the second half of the victory.

Forward Tresor Mbuyu recorded his fifth assist of the season on Saturday and now leads the Big South Conference with 25 points. The forward's point total is the most by a Flame since Darren Amoo collected 27 points in 2010. In addition, Mbuyu is tied for the conference lead in goals with 10.

Midfielder Kevin Mendoza is sixth in the Big South with 16 points. The midfielder is tied for seventh in the conference with six goals and is tied for fifth with four assists.

Freshman forward Rigoberto Rojas leads Liberty and is tied for second in the Big South with six assists. His assist total is the most by a Liberty player since Phillip Aseweh had eight assists in 2011. The forward has also scored two goals and has 10 points.

Segarra and Martin Agredo, who had an assist on Saturday, have each reached 10 points on the year. The Flames now have five players with 10 or more points in 2016. Agredo is tied for fifth in the conference with four assists on the season.

James Knoebel has started 15 matches between the goalposts for the Flames, this season. The freshman has posted a 1.45 goals-against average and a .741 save percentage. He posted his fourth shutout of the season on Saturday.

Head Coach Jeff Alder, a Liberty alum, is in his 16th season of leading the Flames. Liberty is 151-118-25 during his tenure.

A Look at Longwood
A Winthrop goal during the 60th minute pushed the Eagles past visiting Longwood, 3-2, Saturday. Marten Pajunurm and Connor Rhea each scored goals in the contest for Longwood.

Midfielder Finnaly Wyatt leads the Lancers with 16 points. He has five goals and is tied for second in the conference with six assists. Fellow midfielder Max Poekler is second on the team in scoring with 15 points. He leads the Lancers with six goals.

Longwood midfielder David Campos leads the Big South with nine assists.

Goalkeeper Carlos Cana has started 13 games, posting a 1.40 goals-against average and a .743 save percentage.

Head Coach Jon Atkinson is in his 11th year at Longwood. The Lancers have posted a 72-106-31 record during his tenure.

The Series
Wednesday's contest will be the 24th all-time meeting between Longwood and Liberty. Liberty leads series, 16-3-4. Liberty is unbeaten (13-0-3) in its last 16 contest against Longwood. The Lancers last victory in the season was a 6-4 win on Nov. 10, 1986.

Last season, the two played to a 3-3 tie in Lynchburg. Current Liberty midfielder Kevin Mendoza had a goal in the contest.

Flames News and Notes

  • Currently, Liberty is 27th in scoring offense in the country, averaging 1.81 goals per contest.
     
  • Tresor Mbuyu is 12th in the country in points and is 18th in the nation in goals.
     

                                                                                                                                                                         

A Look Ahead
Liberty will await the announcement of the seedings and match-ups for the Big South Men's Soccer Championship, which will be announced after the conclusion of the conference's regular season, tomorrow.

The six-team tournament gets underway with the quarterfinals on Sunday. The No. 3 seed will host the No. 6 seed, while the No. 4 seed will host the No. 5 seed. The winners will advance to play the top two seeds next Wednesday. The title match will be played on Nov. 13 at the highest remaining seed.