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Liberty to Visit Winthrop for Big South Tilt

September 23, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Phillip Aseweh heads a ball earlier this year.

Phillip Aseweh heads a ball earlier this year.

The Liberty Flames men's soccer team ends a seven-game road swing, with a visit to Rock Hill, S.C., for a Big South Conference match-up with the Winthrop Eagles, Saturday. Game time at Eagle Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames
Live stats for Saturday's contest will be available on by clicking the live stats link on the men's soccer schedule/results page. The live stats will be provided courtesy of the Winthrop Media Relations Office.

In addition, the contest will be available to view via the Big South Network for a small fee. To access, click the video link on the schedule/results page.

A Look at Liberty
Liberty (4-2-1) got back on track, Tuesday night, with a 4-1 victory at Howard. The victory snapped the Flames' two-game losing skid.

For the second time this season, Liberty scored four goals in the first half, Wednesday night. The Flames opened the 2010 season with four goals in the opening half in a 6-0 victory over Bluefield on Sept. 1. Midfielder Phillip Aseweh netted the first goal of the night in the 10th minute, while midfielder Juan F. Niño scored his first goal of the season off a free kick in the 19th. Forward Darren Amoo finished off the Flames' scoring effort, with the final two goals of the night, the last one on a penalty kick.

Head Coach Jeff Alder's (91-71-16, 10th Year) team leads the Big South Conference in goals per game (2.43) and is second in goals allowed (6).

Amoo and Aseweh are tied for the conference's individual scoring led with 11 points each. Amoo has scored a Big South-leading five goals and had one assist, while Aseweh is tied for the conference lead with three assists and has netted the second-most goals in the Big South with four.

Five other Flames, Thad Taylor (3), Uriah Bentick (2), Juan F. Niño (1), Timothy Bullock (1) and Alex Verville (1), have also dented the scoreboard this season.

Paul Gilbert has started all seven games as the Liberty goalkeeper, posting a 0.86 goals-against average and recording 19 saves. The redshirt junior ranks second in the Big South in goals-against average.

All-Time Against Winthrop
Saturday night's match will be the 30th meeting between the Flames and Eagles on the soccer field. Liberty leads Winthrop, 19-9-1, in the all-time series. The two squads have squared off in two of the last three Big South Championship title games, with the Flames taking home the Big South crown in 2007 and the Eagles winning the title last year.

Although Liberty dominated the early part of the all-time series between the two schools, the series has become one of the more anticipated games on the Big South schedule since 2000. The Flames hold a 9-6-1 advantage over the Eagles since 2000, with Winthrop having a slim 5-4-1 edge since 2005.

Liberty won the regular-season meeting between the two teams on Oct. 31 at Osborne Stadium last year, 3-0. Defenders Greg White and Chris Osborne each scored in the first half, while Darren Amoo netted a goal in the second half in the victory.

Later on in the season, the Eagles and Flames met for the second time in three years in the Big South Championship title game. Winthrop defeated injury-depleted Liberty, 2-1, in the contest on Nov. 15. Alex Verville gave the Flames a 1-0 lead early, only to see the Eagles come back to claim the title.

A Look at Winthrop
Winthrop (2-4), the defending Big South Champion, enters its first conference match of the season on Saturday, looking to halt a three-game losing skid. The Eagles fell 4-0 to Georgia Southern this past Sunday in their last outing.

Winthrop has been held without a goal during its losing streak and is tied for seventh in the Big South with a 0.83 goals per game average. Meanwhile, the Eagles are allowing 1.67 goals per game.

Winthrop is led by Rich Posipanko (218-174-30, 22 years), the longest tenured and winningest coach in Big South history. Posipanko has been named the conference's Coach of the Year three times (1991, 2006 & 2008).

Five Winthrop players have each scored a goal this year. Miquel Casajuana, Andrea Pullin, Matt Stinson, Wylie Rea and Ted Bartels have scored one goal apiece for the Eagles.

Enrique Miranda has started all six Winthrop games in goal. The sophomore has posted a 1.71 goals-against average and made 15 saves.

Against the Big South
Liberty is 78-46-11 all-time in Big South action. The Flames have posted a .500 or better conference ledger in 17 out of their 19 seasons in the Big South. In 2007, Liberty won its lone Big South Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Road Warriors
After opening the 2010 season at home on Sept. 1, the Flames have taken to the road. Liberty's contest at Winthrop is the final game 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 Saturday. 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 six games of the span, Liberty has posted a 3-2-1 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 College.

The A-Team
Liberty's Darren Amoo and Phillip Aseweh lead the Big South with 11 points apiecer, entering Saturday's tilt at Winthrop. Amoo also paces the conference with five goals. The two Ghana natives have been formed a strong attacking combination for the Flames since Aseweh's arrival last season.

With two goals on Tuesday night at Howard, Amoo reached 11 points for the season with five goals and an assist. Aseweh has compiled 11 points on four goals and three assists. The junior's three assists tie him for the conference lead in the category.

Last season, Amoo and Aseweh led the Flames in scoring. Amoo posted 33 points on a Big South-leading 14 goals, while adding five assists. The forward's season point total tied for the fourth-highest figure in school history. Meanwhile, Aseweh recorded 20 points in his first season in a Liberty uniform after transferring from Virginia Tech. He scored seven goals and assisted on six others.

A Return Home
Liberty defender Zack Clark will be returning to his hometown this weekend. Clark, a sophomore, attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C. , where he was selected to the 2009 ESPN RISE spring high school boys' soccer All-America team and helped lead the team to three state championships. The sophomore's brother, Wes, played for Winthrop from 2005-08.

A Look Ahead
The Flames 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.