CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s soccer team will head to Liberty for the second time in eight days to face the Flames in the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championship on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game can be seen on the Big South Network.
Who: Presbyterian (6-10-2, 4-4-0 Big South) at Liberty (7-8-2, 4-3-1 Big South)
When: Saturday, November 5 – 2 p.m.
Where: Osborne Stadium – Lynchburg, Va.
Live Video: Big South Network
Live Stats: Liberty.edu/Flames
Social Media – @bluehosesoccer (Twitter/Instagram) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
• PC will be making just its second appearance in the Big South Championship, the other coming in 2012. The Blue Hose made the tournament as the No. 8 seed and would fall to top-seeded Coastal Carolina, 5-0, in Conway, S.C.
• The Blue Hose ended the season on Wednesday night with a 3-2 double overtime loss at Gardner-Webb. The game was PC’s eighth overtime match of the season, its most in single season not only in the program’s Division I era but in any season in program history. The previous high was seven overtime matches in 1990.
• PC finished the season with a 6-10-1 record and a 4-4-0 mark in the Big South. The six victories overall and four Big South win are both Division I era school records.
• The Blue Hose finished the regular season fifth in the Big South, its highest ever finish since joining the league.
• PC had three players earned All-Conference honors earlier this week, as Mason Lewis and Cade Crow were each named to the second team, while Connor Behrend earned an honorable mention honor and a spot on the All-Academic team. The three were the first players in program history to be named All-Big South in any capacity. Sergio Pinto claimed a place on the All-Freshman squad, the first such honor for PC since 2012.
Scouting the Flames
• Liberty enters Sunday’s match with a 7-8-2 overall record and a 4-3-1 mark in conference games. The Flames dropped their final regular season match with a 4-3 overtime loss at Longwood.
• Sophomore forward Tresor Mbuyu leads the team in goals with 10 and points with 25. He also has a team-high 43 shots.
• Freshman forward Rigoberto Rojas leads the team in assists with six, and has tallied two goals. He was recently named the Big South Freshman of the Week.
• James Knoebel has seen the majority of minutes in goal for Liberty. The freshman goalkeeper has made 60 saves and given up 21 goals in 1307+ minutes of work.
• Liberty is edging their competition in goals scored and holds a 29-26 advantage in total goals.
LU leads 9-0-0
Although Liberty has won all nine meetings in the series, six of the nine meetings have been decided by one goal. Only the games in 2013 and 2015 had been decided by more than one goal prior to this season. The Flames earned a 2-0 victory against PC back on October 29.