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Flames to Travel To Nation's Capital to face Howard

September 20, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Flames men's soccer team faces Howard, Tuesday.

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team faces Howard, Tuesday.

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team will look to get back on track Tuesday, when they travel to our nation's capital for a non-conference match with the Howard Bison.  Game time Tuesday at Greene Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.

A Look at Liberty

The Flames (3-2-1) will try to return to their winning ways Tuesday night, after dropping a 1-0 decision at Radford in their Big South opener, Saturday.

Despite being held scoreless Saturday, Liberty has received balanced scoring so far in 2010, with six different players netting goals through the first six games. The Flames top the Big South in goals per game (2.17), while tying for the conference lead in fewest goals allowed (5).

Midfielder Phillip Aseweh leads the Big South Conference and Head Coach Jeff Alder's (90-71-16, 10thYear) team in scoring with nine points on three goals and three assists. Thad Taylor, Darren Amoo and Aseweh have each scored three goals to lead both the conference and the Flames in goals scored. 

Paul Gilbert has started all six games as the Liberty goalkeeper, posting a 0.83 goals-against average and recording 18 saves.

All-Time Against Howard
Tuesday night's match will be the ninth meeting between Liberty and Howard on the soccer field.  The Bison lead the all-time series, 6-2.

However, the Flames have won both meetings since the series resumed in 2008, after a 27-year hiatus. Both Liberty victories were by 3-0 margins. 

Last season despite playing in the rain, Darren Amoo, Timothy Bullock and Alex Verville, all currently on the Flames roster, each scored during the victory at Osborne Stadium on Sept. 21.    The contest was the second of a four-game stretch in which the Flames did not allow a goal.

A Look at Howard
Howard (1-6) will enter its third home game of the year, looking for its first victory at Greene Stadium, Tuesday. The Bison fell 3-0 at Marist, Saturday in their most recent outing and will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak.

Forward Mario Martin has scored two of Howard's three goals on the season. The freshman netted the game-winner in the Bison's lone victory, a 1-0 win over George Washington on Sept. 4.  Midfielder Phillip Borde has scored the other Howard goal.

Sophomore Larry Turner has logged all the minutes in the Howard net. Turner has a 3.41 goals-against average and has made 25 saves.

The Bison are coached by Michael Lawrence (8-42-10, Fourth Year), who returned to his alma mater as a coach after a standout playing career.

Road Warriors
After opening the 2010 season at home on Sept. 1, the Flames have taken to the road.  Liberty's contest at Howard will be its sixth of seven straight games away from Osborne Stadium. Seven straight road games ties the most consecutive games away from Lynchburg for the Flames in program history.

The last time Liberty had seven consecutive road games on its schedule was in 1986.  That year, Head Coach Bill Bell's team finished its campaign with seven consecutive road games.

This season, the Flames opened their string of road trips with a win at Longwood on Sept. 4 and it will finish in Rock Hill, S.C., on Sept. 25.  Five of the contests have been true road games, while two were on a neutral field, VMI's Patchin Field, during the Sculley Memorial Tournament in Lexington, Va., Sept. 10-12.

So far through the first five games of the span, Liberty has posted a 2-2-1 mark.

In October, Liberty will enjoy some "home cooking", as the schedule swings to matches at Osborne Stadium.  The Flames will play six of the final nine scheduled matches of 2010 at home.  In addition, of their three away games, Liberty only leaves the Commonwealth of Virginia on Oct. 15 for a Big South contest at Presbyterian.

A Look Ahead
Liberty will finish up its seven-game road swing, with a Big South Conference match at the defending champion Winthrop Eagles, Saturday.  Match time at Eagle Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C., is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Following that game, the Flames will return home to Osborne Stadium on Oct. 1 for a Big South match with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m.