Flames Advance Midfielder Kevin Mendoza netted two goals, as the No. 4 seed Liberty Flames shut out the No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 3-0, in a Big South quarterfinal match, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium. With the win, Liberty advanced to the Big South semifinals on Wednesday.
Mendoza, a first team Big South All-Conference member, scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season. His first goal midway through the second half broke a scoreless tie.
Forward Tresor Mbuyu, also a Big South All-Conference first team member, capped off the Liberty victory with his 11th goal in the closing minute of play.
Liberty recorded its eighth shutout of the season, holding the Runnin' Bulldogs, who entered the match fourth in the nation with a 2.63 goals per game average, to two shots on goal.
2017 Big South Men's Soccer Championship Schedule Quarterfinals, Sunday, Nov. 5 (at Higher Seed) Match 1: #4 Liberty 3, #5 Gardner-Webb 0 Match 2: #6 Presbyterian 2, Campbell 1
Semifinals, Wenesday, Nov. 8 (at Higher Seed) Match 3: #4 Liberty at #1 High Point, 7 p.m. Match 4: #6 Presbyterian at #2 Radford, 7 p.m.
Finals, Sunday, Nov. 12 (at High Seed) Match 5: Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 2 p.m.