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Men's Soccer Opens Season This Weekend

August 29, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Men's Soccer Opens Season This Weekend

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team begins a new era in program history when it opens its season this weekend.

Under the guidance of new head coach Kelly Findlay, the Flames will travel to Radford for its season opener on Friday. Match time is 7 p.m. Liberty will then face Incarnate Word at Osborne Stadium on Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. 

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Game Notes

Radford Live Stats

Incarnate Word Live Stats

Liberty  at Radford

Game Date: Friday, Aug. 30

Game Time: 7 p.m.

Live Video: ESPN+

Incarnate Word at Liberty

Game Date: Sunday, Sept. 1

Game Time: 6 p.m.

Live Video: ESPN+

Play-by-Play Broadcaster: Kyle West

Color Analyst: John Caudill

Liberty Notables
• Friday night, a new era of Liberty soccer begins, as Kelly Findley takes over as head coach of the Flames. Findley begins his 14th  year in his head coaching career with previous stops at N.C. State, Butler and Mars Hill.

• Liberty returns five starters  and eight players who saw significant minutes from  last year's 7-7-1 team. Rafael Castro, Shalom Dutey, Ruben Garcia, Matthew Zacyzk  and Brogan Engbers were each part of the Flames' starting "11" during 2018.

• The Flames added 11 newcomers to their roster for 2019, including seven transfers. 

• Entering their second season of ASUN play, the Flames have been picked to finish fourth in the 2019 ASUN Preseason Coaches Poll. Last season, Liberty posted a 2-3-1 mark in league play, placing fifth

• The Liberty men's soccer program will begin its 45th year on Friday night. The Flames enter the contest, having won six straight season openers. 

• Rivals in the Big South Conference for many years, Liberty has met Radford the most of any school in program history. Friday's contest will be the 51st between the Flames and Highlanders.

• Liberty will face Incarnate Word in its home opener on Sunday. The Flames and Cardinals have never met on the pitch before.

• The Flames do have some continuity in its coaching ranks, as assistants Jose Gomez and A.J. Madero remain from last year's staff. Both Liberty graduates, Gomez is in his sixth season and Madero his 10th on Liberty's staff.