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Liberty to Face No. 1 Seed North Carolina, Saturday
The Liberty women's soccer team is headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, squaring off with No. 1 seed North Carolina, Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest will stream live on GoHeelsTV.
The Lady Flames (16-5-1) clinched a berth to the tournament, Sunday afternoon, defeating Radford, 5-0, to capture the program's fourth Big South Championship and first since 2005.
Head coach Jessica Hain's squad now takes on the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels (17-4), who earned a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2010. Regarded as one of the most storied programs in NCAA Division I women's soccer, UNC has won 21 of 31 NCAA national championships all-time.
Liberty enters its first-ever meeting with the Tar Heels after setting a new program record in single-season wins. Offensively, the Lady Flames are led by sophomore and Big South Tournament MVP Brittany Aanderud, who has 22 points on six goals and a program-record 10 assists.
In between the pipes, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Holly Van Noord has also made her mark, setting a Liberty and Big South single-season record with 14 shutouts.