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Liberty to Meet Longwood, Coastal Carolina

September 29, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Phillip Aseweh goes up for a header earlier this this season.  He and the Flames will host Longwood, Tuesday, and travel to Coastal Carolina, Saturday.

Phillip Aseweh goes up for a header earlier this this season. He and the Flames will host Longwood, Tuesday, and travel to Coastal Carolina, Saturday.

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The Liberty Flames (4-1-1, 0-0-1 BSC) will host the Longwood Lancers (1-5-2), Tuesday in a non-conference match, followed by a visit to Conway, S.C., on Saturday afternoon for a Big South Conference contest with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-2-3, 0-0 BSC). Tuesday's tilt is scheduled for 7 p.m., while Saturday's match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
Tuesday night's and Saturday afternoon's matches will be streamed live via the Big South Network. For more information, please click the "Live Video Streaming" link at the top of this page or click "Live Video" on the Liberty men's soccer schedule/results page.

Live stats for both contests will be available on by clicking the live stats link on the men's soccer schedule/results page or by clicking the link at the top of this page. Saturday's live stats will be provided courtesy of the Coastal Carolina media relations department.

The Series
Tuesday night's meeting will be the 16th meeting between Liberty and Longwood in men's soccer. The Flames hold an 8-4-3 all-time edge over the Lancers. Since renewing the series in 2006, each of the three contests between the two teams has gone to overtime, with the Flames winning one match and the other two ending in ties. After Liberty won 1-0 in double overtime in 2006 in Farmville, the teams played to a 0-0 deadlock in 2007 and a 1-1 tie last season.

Saturday, Liberty and Coastal Carolina will meet on the soccer pitch for the 18th time since 1989. The Chanticleers hold a 12-5 advantage over the Flames in the all-time series. Last season, Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty, 2-1 in overtime, in Lynchburg. In 2007, the Flames fell to the Chanticleers, 2-1, in their last meeting in Conway.

A Look at Liberty
The Liberty Flames, coached by Jeff Alder (79-65-13, ninth year), recorded their third shutout in four games at Osborne Stadium this season, with a 3-0 victory over Howard in a non-conference match in their most recent outing, last Tuesday. Inclement weather postponed Liberty's Big South contest with Winthrop, this past Friday.

In the Regional Rankings
For the second consecutive week, the Flames are listed 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South Atlantic region poll. Defending national champion Maryland continues to head the weekly poll.

Liberty D Does Not Rest
Solid defensive play has helped the Flames get out to their strong start this year. Through six matches this season, the Flames have allowed only two goals, recording four shutouts.

Liberty begins the week third in the nation with a 0.32 goals-against average, in the latest NCAA statistical summary for games through Sept. 27. The mark also leads the Big South Conference. In addition, the Flames were listed fifth in the summary with a 0.67 shutout percentage.

The Flames lead the Big South Conference in goals-against average (0.32), goals against (2) and shutouts (4) entering the week.

Offense Tops the Nation
The Flames enter the week leading the country in scoring offense with a 3.2 goals per game average, in the latest NCAA statistical report for games through Sept. 27.

Flames Among Leaders
Three Liberty players enter the week among the national and conference leaders in several individual categories.

Forward Darren Amoo ranks among the country's elite in several offensive categories. Amoo has scored six goals and added three assists for 15 points this season. He ranks fourth in the nation with 1.0 goals and 2.5 points per game. The forward also enters the assists per game listing in 41st place with a 0.5 per game average. Amoo is second in the Big South Conference in goals, goals per game, points and points per game.

Midfielder/forward Phillip Aseweh joins Amoo on the points per game national leaders list in the 27th position with a 1.67 points per game average. The transfer has netted three goals and had four assists for 10 points in his first six games in a Liberty uniform. He is also 13th in the national summary with a 0.67 assists per game average. His four assists are tied for the conference lead.

On the defensive side, Flames goalkeeper Andrew Madero is second in the nation in both goals-against average and save percentage. Madero leads the Big South with a 0.17 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

The Big South Beat
Gardner-Webb opened its Big South schedule last week with two road wins. The Bulldogs downed Presbyterian, 1-0, in Clinton, S.C., last Tuesday, before defeating host Radford, 2-0, Saturday, to take an early position atop the conference standings. The two contests were the only Big South Conference contest last week.

Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina went 1-0-1 at the Big West Challenge in Fullerton, Calif., this past weekend. The Chanticleers tied Cal State Fullerton, 1-1, Friday, and edged No. 24 Cal State Northridge, 2-1, Sunday evening. Coastal Carolina begins conference play against the Flames on Saturday.

A Look at Longwood
Longwood, under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Jon Atkinson (30-39-15), enters Tuesday's non-conference match-up with the Flames looking to post a win for the first time in seven games. After falling to Big South Conference member VMI, 4-2, Saturday, the Lancers are 0-4-2 in their last six contests.

Harvey Headley leads Longwood with two goals for four points. The junior forward has fired 19 shots on the year for the Lancers. Senior midfielder Brian Germain has scored the only other goal for Longwood this season.

Joel Helmick has logged the most minutes in the Lancer goal this season. In 580 minutes, the sophomore has posted a 1-3-2 mark with a 1.24 goals-against average and a .771 save percentage. Helmick has recorded two shutouts.

A Look at Coastal Carolina
Saturday's contest with the Flames will be the first Big South contest of the season for Coastal Carolina. As mentioned above, the Chanticleers captured a 2-1 win over No. 24 Cal State Northridge in their last outing, Sunday. With the victory, Coastal Carolina ran 12-year head coach Shaun Docking's career record to 138-95-20. The Chanticleers are unbeaten in their last four games (2-0-2).

Midfielder James Stapleton leads Coastal Carolina with five goals and two assists for 12 points. The senior has netted two game-winning goals for the Chanticleers. Redshirt junior Riley Phelps is second in team scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points.

Three goalkeepers have shared the net duties for Coastal Carolina this season. Scott Angevine, Bradley Bugg and Taylor Kelliher have each logged over 220 minutes in goal, each recording a win. The trio has combined to post a 1.62 goals-against average and .659 save percentage. Bugg has recorded the lone shutout for the Chanticleers.