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Liberty Prepares for Matchup with UNC Asheville, Wednesday

October 1, 2013
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The Liberty women's soccer team looks to move to 3-0 in Big South play, Wednesday, when it takes on UNC Asheville. The contest marks the first of a three-game road stretch for the Lady Flames.

Liberty leads the all-time series versus the Bulldogs, 14-7-2.  The Lady Flames are unbeaten against Asheville in the last eight seasons with a 7-0-2 record, which includes a current six-game win streak. Game time for Wednesday's contest is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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A live video stream will be available on the Big South Network and LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results panel. Live stats will be provided by the Asheville media relations office.

A Look at Liberty
The Liberty women's soccer team picked up its second straight Big South win in emphatic fashion, defeating Campbell, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.

Crystal Elmers led the Lady Flames with two goals, while Casey Norris, Megan Warner, Madison Kauzlarich, Jaime Bouffard and Alanna Dunkle each recorded one marker. Elmers and Dunkle are now tied for the team lead in goals with four, this season.

Delgatti contributed on three of Liberty's goals, including both of Elmers' tallies. The freshman's trio of helpers is the most by a Lady Flame in a single game since Silvia Betancourt posted three in a 5-1 victory over Presbyterian on Oct. 18, 2008. Delgatti now leads the Lady Flames with four assists.

Along with her goal, Bouffard also chipped in two assists, while Brittany Aanderud and Caroline White each had one.

Lady Flames goalkeeper Holly Van Noord finished with one save in the contest, picking up her seventh shutout of the season. The redshirt freshman is now tied with Paula Barringer for third on the program's single-season shutout list.

Liberty's seven tallies were the team's most since a 9-0 victory over Southern Virginia on Oct. 16, 2007. The Lady Flames moved to 7-3 on the year, starting 2-0 in Big South play for the third straight season.

Prior to Saturday's victory over the Camels, Liberty opened Big South play with a 1-0 win over Charleston Southern, last Wednesday. Aanderud posted the lone goal for Liberty late in the first half, courtesy of a Norris assist.

According to the latest NCAA statistical rankings, Van Noord is eighth in the country in save percentage (.907) and 12th in goals-against average (.289). As a team, Liberty is third in save percentage, seventh in goals-against average and seventh in shutout percentage (.700).

Asheville at a Glance
Asheville (5-5-0, 1-1-0 BSC) is coming off a 1-0 defeat at home to Presbyterian College on Saturday. It was the Bulldogs' first home loss of the season in five games.

Kennedy Garrett leads Asheville in scoring with two goals, two assists and six points. Shenny Lenhart and Amanda Knapp also have two goals apiece for the Bulldogs.

Asheville will be looking for its first regular-season win over Liberty in eight seasons. The Bulldogs knocked off the Lady Flames 4-1 in 2005 before Liberty avenged that loss in the Big South Championship game that year, 3-0. The teams met the next year for the Big South title with Asheville advancing past the Flames on penalty kicks.

Junior goalkeeper Heather Muller became the school's all-time leader in saves on Saturday. She now has 301 career saves. Muller has posted three shutouts on the year.

Looking Ahead
Liberty continues conference play at Presbyterian College on Saturday. The Lady Flames look to remain unbeaten against the Blue Hose, as they lead the all-time series, 5-0-1. Game time for the series' seventh installment is slated for 7 p.m.