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Liberty Hosts High Point, Saturday
The Liberty women's soccer team looks to return to the win column and maintain its place near the top of the Big South standings, Saturday. Coming off a three-game road stretch in which they went 1-1-1, the Lady Flames will welcome the High Point Panthers to Osborne Stadium.
Although the Panthers claimed the most recent meeting with a 1-0 golden goal victory, last season, Liberty holds the advantage in the all-time series at 11-10-2. Game time for the series' 24th installment is slated for 6 p.m., following a 2 p.m. tilt between the Liberty men's soccer team and Winthrop.
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Live stats for Saturday's contest are powered by StatBroadcast. A free live video stream courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network will also be available on the women's soccer schedule/results panel.
A Look at Liberty
The Liberty women's soccer team stepped onto the field at Cupp Stadium, Wednesday afternoon, looking to claim first place in the Big South. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the Radford Highlanders proved why they have claimed the last two conference championships, scoring quickly in the first period en route to a 3-0 victory.
With the defeat, Liberty fell to 8-4-1 on the year and 3-1-1 in the Big South. Radford improved to 9-1-1 and 5-0 in conference action. Radford remains unbeaten against the Lady Flames since 2009 and leads the all-time series, 16-7-4.
Three Lady Flames lead the team with four goals each – Brittany Aanderud, Alanna Dunkle and Crystal Elmers. 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 for second in the league with four assists.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord leads the conference in shutouts (8) and is second behind Radford's Che' Brown in goals-against average (0.59) and save percentage (.867). The netminder needs one more shutout to tie Karen Blocker (2012) and Natalie Mayer (2001) for the single-season program record.
High Point at a Glance
The Panthers enter Saturday's matchup with a 5-7 record and a 3-2 mark in conference play. High Point is coming off a 4-2 loss to second place Longwood on Wednesday.
Kelsey Perrell and Taylor Parker lead High Point's offense with five goals apiece. Becca Hemby has been the team's key distributor with four assists.
Jessica May has appeared in between the posts for the Panthers in 11-of-12 matches. The netminder has made 52 saves (.650) and three shutouts in 1,004 minutes of action.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium, Wednesday afternoon, to play host to VMI. Match time is set for 4 p.m.