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Liberty Men's Soccer Moves Up One Rung in Latest NSCAA South Atlantic Region Poll

September 17, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Midfielder Juan Guzman and the Liberty Flames are ranked No. 9 this week in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Poll.

Midfielder Juan Guzman and the Liberty Flames are ranked No. 9 this week in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Poll.

The Liberty men's soccer team has moved up a spot to No. 9 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) South-Atlantic Region Poll.

After appearing in the regional rankings at the No. 10 spot last week, the Flames are listed ninth in the poll this week. Future Liberty opponent Virginia continues to head the regional rankings.

The Flames split their two matches last week at the UNCW/Jameson Inn Soccer Classic at UNC Wilmington University. Liberty dropped its first contest of the year on Friday in a 2-0 decision to unbeaten College of Charleston. The Cougars were ranked No. 6 in the South region last week. The Flames then rebounded on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over host UNC Wilmington to up their record to 4-1 on the season.

Liberty midfielders Josh Boateng (Jr., Accra, Ghana) and Daniel McGarry (Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.) along with forward Adrian Bumbut (Sr., Zalau, Romania) were selected to the UNCW/Jameson Soccer Classic All-Tournament team for their efforts over the weekend. Boateng and Bumbut combined on both Flames goals Sunday in their win over UNC Wilmington.

The Flames have allowed less than one goal per game (.80) through their first five contests. Their 4-1 mark is the best start by a Liberty squad since 1999.

Offensively, Bumbut, who assisted on both of Boateng's goals on the weekend, leads the Flames with nine points, on three goals and three assists. Meanwhile, Boateng, who netted two goals, including the game-winner on Sunday, has tallied seven points, with three goals and an assist.

Liberty begins a three-game homestand on Wednesday, when the Flames host the Longwood Lancers at Liberty Soccer Field. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

South-Atlantic Regional Rankings (Sept. 16)
1. Virginia 4-1-0
2. Virginia Tech 5-1-0
3. VCU 3-1-1
4. Boston College 3-1-0
5. Maryland 2-2-1
6. Old Dominion 2-3-1
7. (tie) Winthrop 4-1-0
7. (tie) George Mason 2-2-0
9. Liberty 4-1-0
10. Towson 2-2-1

Also receiving votes: Drexel