With preseason practice just around the corner, LFSN's Nick Pierce had a chance this past week to talk to Liberty men's soccer head coach Jeff Alder about his team's spring practice, his program's summer months and look ahead to the fall 2017 season.
This fall, Alder will begin his 17th year as his alma mater's head coach. 2016 Big South Attacking Player of the Year Tresor Mbuyu, who led the Big South in goals and points and All-Big South midfielder Kevin Mendoza will head a solid core of veterans returning from last season's squad for Alder. The two all-conference players will be joined by goalkeeper James Knoebel, 2016 captain Nico Bellarde, midfielder Pepe Sanchez and forward Rigo Rojas, along with an experience defensive unit for the Flames.
The Flames will host Richard Bland on August 15 and Washington & Lee on August 21 in exhibition games at Osborne Stadium during preseason practice. Liberty will open its 2017 season on August 25 against Southern Virginia at Osborne Stadium.
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