Liberty men's soccer team at their postseason banquet.
Brian Edman and Andrew Jones were awarded the Liberty Men's Soccer team's Coaches and Servant Awards, respectively, at the Flames' postseason banquet, Dec. 4. Liberty Soccer also honored the eight graduating seniors on the team during the night's festivities. Jones, a freshman from Louisville, Ky., was named the Coaches Award recipient. "Andrew was a unanimous choice for this award, as he embodies everything you are looking for in a Christian student-athlete," commented Liberty head coach Jeff Alder. "His daily commitment to work hard, put others before himself, listen, get better and stay late earned Andrew the respect of his peers and coaches. He is a great representation of Jesus Christ and Liberty University." Edman, a redshirt freshman from Spring, Texas, was selected as the Servant Award honoree. "Brian has had four knee surgeries in the last two years and has yet to play a game for Liberty, but his impact on our team on and off the field is clearly seen and felt each day," stated Alder. "His willingness to help our staff and players at practice and in games has been integral to our team's success during his two years at Liberty. Brian's ability to put others before himself is one of the greatest character traits that he displays daily. I'm thankful that he is a part of our program."
In addition to the team awards being handed out, Liberty Soccer recognized its seniors for their contributions to the program and team during their time at Liberty. "I'm very proud of this group of seniors. These guys did a great job of leading this team on and off the field of play," stated Alder. "The seniors were the glue that held us together after losing nine guys from our Big South Championship team last year and then, the injuries that this group had to deal with throughout the season. We did not get the trophy we had set out to get, but this group went undefeated the last eight games of the year and put us in a position to compete for another championship. "They left a legacy for the group that comes behind them to honor, respect and continue as we move our program forward. Our staff is blessed that we had an opportunity to be involved daily in the lives of the senior class." For the second consecutive year, Liberty won 10 games in a season, finishing with a 10-5-3 mark. It is the first time since 1998 and 1999 that the Flames have posted two consecutive 10-win seasons. Liberty completed its season on an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3). It is currently the fourth-longest unbeaten run in the country.
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