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2016 Men's Soccer Season Recap

December 1, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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With the 2016 men's soccer season completed, Liberty Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce caught up with Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder to take a look back at the year. The Flames finished the season with a 7-9-2 overall and finished 4-3-1 in Big South Conference play.

 

2016 Season Highlights

  • Forward Tresor Mbuyu was selected the 2016 Big South Attacking Player of the Year, becoming the first Liberty player to receive the honor and the second Flame to be named a Big South Player of the Year (current Liberty Assistant Coach Jose Gomez was the Big South Player of the Year in 2000).
     
  • Mbuyu was joined on the 2016 Big South All-Conference first team by midfielder Kevin Mendoza, who garnered all-conference honors for the second consecutive season, and defender Kyle Carr.

 

  • Mbuyu led the Big South with 29 points, tying for the conference lead with 10 goals and nine assists.  The sophomore's 2016 point total is the most by a Flame since Darren Amoo had 33 points in 2009, while his assist total ties for the second most in a season in program history.
     
  • Midfielder Mendoza posted a career-high 16 points, scoring six goals and assisting on four others. The sophomore finished sixth in the conference in points.
     
  • Freshmen Rigoberto Rojas and James Knoebel had strong starts to their Liberty careers in 2016. Rojas was among the top freshman in the nation in assists during the year, completing 2016 with six assists. He scored three goals and posted 12 points. Meanwhile, Knoebel started 16 of Liberty's 18 contests in goal, posting a 1.62 goals-against and a .703 save percentage.
     
  • Midfielder Pepe Segarra posted back-to-back two-goal games against Presbyterian and Longwood to close the regular season. With the four goals, Segarra finished the year with six.
     
  • Defender Geovanny Murillo became a fixture on defense for the Flames in 2016. The sophomore led Liberty in minutes played and joined Mbuyu as the only Flames to start all 18 games during the year.
     
  • Liberty scored 32 goals on the year. At the time, the Flames' total ranked 18th nationally.