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Liberty and Radford Play for First Place, Wednesday
The Liberty women's soccer team looks to take sole possession of first place from two-time defending Big South champion Radford, as the Lady Flames invade Cupp Stadium, Wednesday afternoon. Game time between the conference's two unbeaten teams is slated for 4 p.m.
Liberty (8-3-1, 3-0-1 Big South) is looking for its first win over Radford (8-1-1, 4-0 Big South) since a 2-0 victory on Oct. 25, 2009. Last season, the Lady Flames played the Highlanders to a scoreless tie. Heading into the matchup, the Highlanders hold a 14-7-4 advantage in the all-time series.
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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 Radford media relations office.
A Look at Liberty
- The Liberty women's soccer earned its third Big South win, Saturday night, but not without playing in its fourth overtime game in 2013. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Aanderud netted two goals, including the game-winner off a penalty kick in the 105th minute to give the Lady Flames a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian College. Aanderud's pair of goals gave her four on the season, tying her with Alanna Dunkle and Crystal Elmers for the team lead.
- With the win, Liberty moved to 8-3-1 on the year and 3-0-1 in the Big South. The Lady Flames currently sit in second in the league standings behind Radford (4-0).
- Last Wednesday against UNC Asheville, goalkeeper Holly Van Noord picked up her eighth shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie against the Bulldogs. The Hudsonville, Mich., native is now second all-time on Liberty's single-season shutouts list, needing one more to tie the record held by Natalie Mayer (2001) and Karen Blocker (2012).
- The Lady Flames outshot the Bulldogs 35-9 and held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks. Liberty's 35 shots mark the most taken by the team this season. Liberty remains unbeaten against Asheville since 2005, going 7-0-3 during the span.
- Apart from the trio of Aanderud, Dunkle and Elmers, senior forward Megan Warner has three goals on the year, followed by six players with one – Maddie Boone, Jaime Bouffard, Julia Delgatti, Madison Kauzlarich, Casey Norris and Geena Swentik. Delgatti, a freshman forward, is tied with five other players in the league for the most assists with four.
- In between the posts, Van Noord leads the conference in goals-against average (0.395), save percentage (.907) and shutouts (8). As a team, Liberty is tied for third in the league in goals (21) and is second in assists (17).
- According to the latest NCAA statistical rankings, Van Noord is fourth in the country in save percentage and seventh in goals-against average. Collectively, the Lady Flames are second in save percentage, fourth in goals-against average and ninth in shutout percentage (.667).
Radford at a Glance
- Senior Julie Ruh'e scored in the 80th minute and senior Che' Brown made six saves as the Highlanders edged Longwood, 1-0, in a battle of Big South unbeatens on Saturday night. Senior Sydney Golden assisted on her third game-winner in four league games.
- Golden was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for her effort in a pair of road shutouts.
- Ruh'e recorded her 10th career game-winner, tying her with Susan Melanson for the school record.
- Radford's 8-1-1 start is the third best after 10 games in program history. Radford started 10-0 in 1993 and 7-0-3 in 2008.
- Brown's shutout versus the Lancers brought her season total to four, giving her 31 for her career. The netminder is 13th in save pct. (.881) and 21st in goals-against average (0.55).
- The win extended the Highlanders' regular season league unbeaten streak to 15 (11-0-4).
- Radford's defense is ranked sixth in the country in save percentage (.894) and 13th in goals-against average (0.48).
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium, Saturday night, to play host to High Point. Match time is set for 6 p.m., with the contest streaming live on the Big South Network.