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Aanderud and Van Noord Earn NSCAA All-Region Second Team Honors
For the second straight year, Liberty women's soccer midfielder Brittany Aanderud and goalkeeper Holly Van Noord have earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team honors.
Aanderud was named to the second team once again, while Van Noord picks up second team recognition for the first time after receiving a third team selection last season. The tandem becomes the first two players in school history to earn multiple all-region honors.
Van Noord picked up where she left off this season after a stellar 2013 campaign. The netminder was voted 2014 Big South Defensive Player of the Year, leading the conference in shutouts (9), save percentage (.844) and goals-against average (0.69). She was also ranked 31st in the country in goals-against average and 33rd in save percentage.
On Oct. 11, Van Noord earned her 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over High Point. The redshirt sophomore surpassed the previous mark of 20 set by former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12). Van Noord now has 23 shutouts, accomplishing the feat in her first two active seasons.
A Big South first team all-conference selection for the second straight year, Aanderud paced the Lady Flames in points (21) on six goals and a conference-leading nine assists. Nationally, the midfielder ranked 44th in total assists and 37th in assists per game.
In Liberty's 8-0 win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 1, Aanderud set a new program record with 21 helpers. The mark surpassed the previous record held by Nancy (Davis) White (1998-2001). Aanderud now has 24 career assists. Through three seasons, Aandeurd has 50 career points, tying her for fifth all-time with Lauren Zealand (1999, 2001, 03-04).
The Lady Flames concluded their season at 14-4-2, including an 8-1-1 mark in conference play en route to their third Big South regular season championship in program history. Entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed, Liberty reached the championship final for the second straight year. Squaring off with No. 3 seed High Point, the contest went to penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie. High Point advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4, to capture the 2014 Big South Championship.