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Aanderud Breaks Assist Record in 8-0 Victory
|Brittany Aanderud surpasses Nancy (Davis) White as Liberty's all-time assist leader with 21.|
Liberty women's soccer junior midfielder Brittany Aanderud made history, Wednesday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, breaking the program's all-time assist record in the Lady Flames' 8-0 shutout victory over UNC Asheville.
Aanderud garnered assists in the 39th and 49th minute to pick up her 21st career assist, surpassing Nancy Davis (1998-2001) for the school record.
Liberty's eight goals are the most since Oct. 16, 2007, when the Lady Flames defeated Southern Virginia, 9-0.
Forwards Jaime Bouffard and Alanna Dunkle led Liberty with two goals apiece. Four other Liberty players posted goals on the day – Rebeccah Smith, Jordan Kestel, Madison Kauzlarich and Crystal Elmers. Along with Aanderud's pair of helpers, freshman forward Jennifer Knoebel led Liberty with three assists. Helena Pereira, Elmers and Dunkle were also credited with helpers.
With the win, Liberty moves to 6-3-1 on the year and 2-0-1 in conference play. The Lady Flames are now unbeaten in five straight games. Asheville falls to 6-4-1 and 1-1-1 in the Big South. Liberty is now 15-8-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.
Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played the opening 58:23 in between the pipes, making three saves. Redshirt freshman Tori Collar came in for the final 31:37, collecting two saves. Asheville netminders Heather Muller and Keller Dixon each spent 45 minutes in goal, finishing with five saves apiece.
Liberty outshot Asheville, 34-11, including 18-5 on goal. The Lady Flames also held a 7-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Smith put the Lady Flames on the board in the 20th minute, thanks to a Knoebel assist. The freshman sent a crossing pass from the right side to Smith, who was positioned in the center of the 18-yard box. Smith blasted a shot high into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Aanderud's first assist occurred off a corner kick in the 39th minute. After Aanderud blasted the corner kick from left to right, Kestel timed the ball just right on the far post, slipping it between Muller and an Asheville defender. Kestel's first career marker extended Liberty's lead to 2-0.
Kauzlarich closed out the scoring for the half, picking up a rebound after an Elmers' shot off the post to send Liberty in the locker room with a 3-0 advantage.
Elmers kept things going in the 49th minute with her third goal of the season. After an Aanderud throw-in, Elmers tucked a ball past the keeper to put Liberty up 4-0. Aanderud's second assist of the game gave her a record breaking 21st career assist.
Bouffard added two goals in the 65th and 76th minute to boost Liberty's lead to 6-0. Knoebel contributed on both goals, while Dunkle chipped an assist on Bouffard's second marker.
Dunkle closed out the scoring for the Lady Flames, picking up the final two goals in the 77th minute, with the first coming off an assist from Pereira.
Liberty returns to action Saturday during Homecoming Weekend, hosting Presbyterian at Noon.