The Liberty Flames men's soccer team takes to the road one last time in the 2012 regular season, when they visit the Radford Highlanders for a Big South Conference match, Tuesday evening. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Patrick D. Cupp Stadium.
The Flames enter the match with a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2). Liberty has not suffered a setback in the month of October.
How to Follow the Flames Live stats will be available for Tuesday evening's contest via LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link under men's soccer in the schedule bar on the main page. Live stats are provided by the Radford Athletics Communications Office.
A Look at Liberty Liberty (7-6-2, 5-1-2) ran its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 tie against Gardner-Webb, Saturday. Goalkeeper Scott Sutarik recorded his fourth shutout of the year in the contest. The sophomore goalkeeper will enter the week with a 1.18 goals-against average and .737 save percentage. Sutarik has started every game of Liberty's unbeaten streak, posting a 0.66 goals-against average and three shutouts. Forward Kyle Breitmeyer leads the Flames with 15 points on the season. He enters the week tied for fifth in the Big South in goals. With his game-winner in Liberty's 2-1 overtime win over High Point Tuesday, Duininck is now second on Liberty with three goals and six points. Fellow defender Greg White is the only other Flame with more than one goal on the season with two goals. Midfielder Johnny Torres and defenders Tim Harbison and Uriah Bentick are tied for the team lead with three assists each. Head Coach Jeff Alder has led the Flames to a 115-85-21 record during his 12 seasons, capturing his 100th victory in a 2-0 win at No. 10 Virginia on Sept. 13, 2011. Alder's Flames posted an 11-6-3 record in 2011, en route to their second Big South Conference crown and fifth consecutive season with a double-digit win total.
All-Time Against Radford Tuesday's match between the Flames and Highlanders will be the 45th meeting between the two schools on the soccer field. Liberty has met Radford more than any school in soccer, with the Flames holding a 21-15-8 mark in the all-time series. After playing to a scoreless tie, Liberty advance on penalty kick, the last time the two teams met in the first round of the 2011 Big South Championship, Nov. 10 at Boiling Springs, N.C. The Flames also took the regular season match-up, 3-0, at Osborne Stadium on Nov. 2. Last meeting between the two in Radford, the Highlanders won 1-0, Sept. 18, 2010. Liberty has not won at Radford since 2004. Look at Radford After suffering their first Big South setback in a 4-1 loss to Coastal Carolina, Saturday, Radford (8-4-4) will enter Tuesday's game looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Highlanders were unbeaten for eight straight contests (7-0-1) until falling at Virginia Tech on Oct. 23. Midfielder Bernardo Ulmo leads Radford with 10 goals and 23 points. Ulmo is tied for second in the Big South in goals. Fellow midfielders Chel Ho Park Kim and Ramzi Dridi each have four goals. Kim also has assisted on four goals. Radford goalkeeper Ryan Taylor has played every minute this season in the Highlander net. He has posted a 0.99 goals-against average and a .767 save percentage. The senior has five shutouts. Head coach Marc Reeves is in his third year at Radford. The Highlanders have posted a 24-21-9 record during his tenure.
The Conference Run Down Liberty is in the midst of seven consecutive Big South games to complete the 2012 regular season. Tonight's contest will be the sixth game of the stretch. The Flames have posted a 3-0-2 record thus far during the span. Currently, Liberty has 17 points with a 5-1-2 record and is one point behind Campbell in the standings. However, the Flames have two conference games left, while the Fighting Camels have one remaining. Coastal Carolina tops the Big South standings with a 9-0 record and 27 points. Radford is in second place with a 6-1-1 mark and 19 points. The Big South regular season comes to an end on Saturday, after which the top four seeds for the conference's tournament will be determined. Those four seeds will host games next Tuesday.
Overtime Overload Liberty has had its last four matches need more than the regulation 90 minutes to determine the outcome. The Flames have played extra minutes in each of their games since a 3-2 overtime victory at VMI on Oct. 16, posting a 2-0-2 record.
A Look Ahead Liberty will finish its regular season against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Osborne Stadium on Friday. Game time is at 7 p.m. Before the game, the seniors on the Liberty roster will be recognized.
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