Liberty & Stetson Kick Off #ASUNMSOC League Play; Five Games on Saturday

ATLANTA, Ga. - On Thursday, Liberty makes its debut in ASUN Conference Men's Soccer league action as the Flames head to Stetson for a match against the defending regular-season champions. Five non-conference games take place on Saturday with all kicking off on home pitches.

Liberty enters Thursday's league match vs. Stetson with a 3-3 record as the Hatter boast a 2-2 mark after two-straight victories. The conference opener can be seen on ESPN+ at 7 PM ET. On Saturday, FGCU, Jacksonville, Lipscomb, NJIT and Stetson tangle in non-conference action.

NJIT (5-1) opens the day against George Washington at 3 PM on Highlander Network followed by three matches at 7 PM ET; UCF at Stetson, Georgia Southern at Jacksonville & South Florida at FGCU. Lipscomb concludes the night by hosting ETSU at 7 PM CT on Facebook Live.

FGCU (2-2; 0-0)
Twitter: @FGCU_MSoccer
Next Two Matches: vs. South Florida (9/15 - 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs. Cal State Fullerton (9/19 - 7 PM - Facebook Live)
Last Two Matches: W, 2-0 at Georgia Southern; L, 3-1 vs. #1 Wake Forest
- The Eagles have lost just once in the last seven meetings with USF, holding a 2-1-4 mark after a 1-1 draw in 2017
- FGCU has totaled 13 victories at home since the 2016 season with a combined record of 13-4-2
- Keeper Gustavo Vasconcelos leads the ASUN in save percentage (.938) and GAA (0.50)
- Cal State Fullerton is a first-time opponent for the Eagles & their last contest before ASUN play action begins

Jacksonville (0-5; 0-0)
Twitter: @JAX_MSOC 
Next Two Matches: vs. Georgia Southern (9/15 - 7 PM); vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (9/18 - 7 PM)
Last Two Matches: L, 4-1 at #18 Portland; L, 2-0 at #12 North Carolina
- After a three-game road trip, the Dolphins return to Southern Oak Stadium for three-straight contests
- With 25 saves this year, Patrick Harding sits with 173 in his four-year career at Jacksonville
- Jacksonville leads the series with GSU 13-8-3 but dropped a 2-1 decision in 2017
- The Dolphins are 4-2 all-time vs. UTRGV with the last meeting coming in 1997 with a 3-0 victory

Liberty (3-3; 0-0)
Twitter: @LibertySoccer
Next Two Matches: at Stetson* (9/13 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. James Madison (9/18 - 7 PM)
Last Two Matches: L, 2-1 vs. Manhattan; W, 3-0 vs. Niagara
- Liberty is leading the conference in total goals (12) and goals per game (2.00) as they enter ASUN play
- Tresor Mbuyu sits second in the ASUN with five goals, while Kevin Mendoza ranks second with three assists
- Last year, Liberty finished 133rd in the NCAA RPI just ahead of Stetson at 145
- Liberty's two shutouts this year are tied for second in the ASUN; Brogan Engbers is fifth in the league with 14 saves

Lipscomb (1-3; 0-0)
Twitter: @LipscombMSOC 
Next Two Matches: vs. ETSU (9/15 - 7 PM CT - Facebook Live); vs. Kentucky (9/18 - 7 PM CT - Facebook Live)
Last Two Matches: L, 1-0 vs. San Diego; L, 2-1 (OT) at Georgia State
- Lipscomb looks to snap a three-game slide as the Bisons face ETSU, who they are 2-6-1 all-time against
- The last three contests vs. the Bucs have been determined by one goal or ended in a tie
- The Bisons are in the middle of a home stand with five of six contests at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex
- Chris Zappia's 19 saves this season sit tied for second in the ASUN, while his 1.24 GAA is third-best

NJIT (5-1; 0-0)
Twitter: @NJITMSoccer 
Next Two Matches: vs. George Washington (9/15 - 3 PM - Highlander Network); vs. FGCU* (9/22 - 3 PM - Highlander Network)
Last Two Matches: W, 1-0 at St. Francis Brooklyn; L, 2-1 at Drexel
- The Highlanders are one of 16 teams in the NCAA with at least five wins already this season
- Rene White's six goals are tops in the ASUN as his 13 points also lead the conference by one point
- Victor Pujades has helped the Highlanders to a league-best three shutouts allowing only a 0.82 GAA
- Andrew Nino's four assists lead the conference as the Highlanders have dished out eight helpers this year

North Florida (0-6; 0-0)
Twitter: @OspreyMSOC
Next Two Matches: vs. Loyola (Md.) (Canceled); at College of Charleston (9/19 - 7 PM)
Last Two Matches: L, 4-0 at #6 Denver; L, 3-1 at Air Force
- North Florida's upcoming contest vs. Loyola (Md.) was canceled due to impending weather
- The Ospreys face College of Charleston on Sept. 19th; UNF is 0-3 all-time vs. CofC following a 2-1 loss last year
- UNF's first conference match takes place on Sept. 29th when the Ospreys travel to Liberty
- Mikey Connell sits first on the team in scoring with two as he netted a goal against Air Force last Friday

Stetson (2-2; 0-0)
Twitter: @StetsonMSoccer
Next Two Matches: vs. Liberty* (9/13 - 7 PM - ESPN+); vs. UCF (9/15 - 7 PM - Hatter Vision)
Last Two Matches: W, 1-0 at Bucknell (2OT); W, 3-2 at FIU
- The Hatters won the ASUN Regular Season title last year after posting a 4-0-2 record
- Stetson and the Flames have met once before in 1994 as the Hatters came away with a 1-0 victory
- Erwan Colas netted the double-overtime game-winner for Stetson at Bucknell in the 107th minute
- The Hatters have won their last two league-play home openers both being decided by one goal


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