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Liberty Ties Stetson in Flames' First-Ever ASUN Contest

September 13, 2018  DeLand, Fla.  RSS
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Blake Myers scored his first collegiate goal, Thursday.

Blake Myers scored his first collegiate goal, Thursday.

In their first-ever ASUN Conference contest, the Liberty Flames tied the Stetson Hatters 3-3, Thursday evening at the Stetson Athletic Training Complex.

Trailing 3-1, Liberty rallied for two goals during the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime.

The match was first ASUN league match of 2018. Liberty moves to 3-3-1 overall and 0-0-1 in conference. Stetson bumps its overall mark to 2-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 in conference.  

Scoring Summary
6' – LIBERTY – Kevin Mendoza (assisted by Bobby Bynum and Geovanny Murillo)
41' – STETSON – Nathan Monsanto (unassisted)
70' – STETSON – William Staut (assisted by Julien Coulomb)
74' – STETSON – Own Goal
86' – LIBERTY – Blake Myers (assisted by Tresor Mbuyu)
89' – LIBERTY – Tresor Mbuyu (unassisted)

Turning Point
Facing a two-goal deficit with less than five minutes remaining, Liberty scored twice in a span of 3:47, knotting the contest at 3-3 and sending the contest to overtime. Freshman Blake Myers cut Stetson's lead to one during the 86th minute and Tresor Mbuyu tied the contest with 1:08 left.

Key Stats & Notes

  • The contest was the first-ever ASUN Conference contest for any Liberty athletics team.
  • Stetson held the advantage in shots, 20-17, and corner kicks, 8-2. However, the Flames had 10 shots on goal, while Stetson had seven.
  • Blake Myers scored his first collegiate goal and Tresor Mbuyu netted his team-leading sixth goal of the year during a 3:47 span to tie the contest.
  • With his third goal of the season, midfielder Kevin Mendoza scored a goal in his second consecutive game. The senior has also pointed in each of the last three contests.
  •  Mbuyu posted his third game of 2018 with three or more points, also assisting on Myers' goal. The senior now leads the ASUN in points (15) and is tied for the conference lead in goals (6). Mbuyu is also tied with teammate Mendoza for second in the league in assists (3).
  • James Knoebel started in goal for Liberty, but was replaced by Brogan Engbers during the 23rd minute. Knoebel did not have to make a save, while Engbers recorded four. Stetson goalkeeper Braeden Luna made seven saves.
  • William Staut scored his first collegiate goal for Stetson.
  • Stetson played with 10 men after a red card during the 98th minute of the first overtime.
  • Prior to tonight's contest, Liberty and Stetson had only met at a tournament at South Alabama in Mobile in 1994.
  • After not playing in the state of Florida since 1999, Thursday's night's contest was Liberty second match in the Sunshine State this season.

Up Next
The Flames return home to begin a three-game stretch of home games on Tuesday. Liberty will host the James Madison Dukes at Osborne Stadium with match time set for 7 p.m.