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Lady Flames Host UNC Asheville, Wednesday
The Liberty women's soccer team returns to Osborne Stadium on Wednesday, playing host to UNC Asheville. The contest marks Liberty's (5-3-1, 1-0-1 Big South) first conference home game in 2014.
The Lady Flames lead the series against the Bulldogs with a 14-8-2 all-time record. In the teams' most recent meeting, Liberty and Asheville played to a scoreless tie at the Bulldogs' Greenwood Field (Oct. 2, 2013). Game time for the 25th installment in the series is slated for 3 p.m.
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Last Time Out for Liberty
Coming off a 4-1 victory over Charleston Southern three days earlier, the Liberty women's soccer team looked to add to the win column against Campbell, Saturday. Despite outshooting the Fighting Camels on the afternoon, the Lady Flames were unable to find the mark, leading to a pair of overtime periods and a 0-0 tie at Eakes Athletic Complex.
Liberty moved to 5-3-1 and 1-0-1 in conference play, while Campbell is now at 2-5-2 and 0-1-1 in the Big South. Campbell remains the leader of the all-time series at 4-3-1, while the stalemate marks the first head-to-head tie between the two squads.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played the entire 110 minutes, making a season-high nine saves and earning a conference-leading fifth shutout. Van Noord now has 19 shutouts for her collegiate career, needing one more to tie Karen Blocker's (2008-12) program record of 20.
Liberty outshot the Fighting Camels, 20-12, while shots on goal were even at nine apiece. The Lady Flames held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
A Look at the Lady Flames
Freshman forward Jennifer Knoebel paces the Lady Flames' offense with three goals, followed by Brittany Aanderud, Alanna Dunkle and Crystal Elmers, who have two apiece. Three players have one goal on the season – Madison Kauzlarich, Sami Santos and Rebeccah Smith.
Aanderud's assist against Charleston Southern gave her 19 for her Liberty career, one shy of tying the program record held by Nancy Davis (20, 1998-2001). The junior midfielder leads the Big South with four assists, this season.
Thanks to her performance against the Buccaneers (two goals, one assist) Aanderud earned Big South Attacking Player of the Week on Monday. The weekly honor is the first ever for Aanderud in her collegiate career and the third for the Lady Flames, this season. Knoebel garnered Big South Attacking Player of the Week honors, last week, and senior defender Maddie Boone received Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Aug. 25.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord leads the league in shutouts with five. She is also second in the Big South in goals-against average (0.75) and save percentage (.841).
As a team, Liberty is second in the Big South in assists (14) and first in fewest goals allowed (7), goals-against average (0.74) and shutouts (5).
Head coach Jessica Hain is in her sixth season with the program. Hain is coming off the most memorable season of her coaching tenure at Liberty, guiding the program to its fourth Big South Championship and first since 2005.
Liberty was unanimously voted the preseason favorite in the Big South Conference women's soccer preseason poll by the league's head coaches. The Lady Flames collected all 11 first-place votes and 121 total points, and were the preseason favorite for the first time since 2010 and sixth time overall.
UNC Asheville at a Glance
The Bulldogs enter Wednesday's contest with a 6-3-1 overall record and a 1-0-1 mark in conference play. Asheville defeated Campbell 1-0 in its conference opener before playing to a 2-2 draw with Presbyterian this past Saturday.
Amanda Dailor leads the team with four goals, followed by Carolina Houser and Paige Trent who each have three. Dailor is also the squad's assist leader with three.
Goalkeeper Heather Muller has started eight games for the Bulldogs, this year. She owns a 1.13 goals-against average and a .842 save percentage (48 saves).