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Lady Flames Earn Postseason Honors

December 28, 2009
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Maria Owen (pictured), Silvia Betancourt and Rachel Wisehart received postseason women's soccer honors.

Maria Owen (pictured), Silvia Betancourt and Rachel Wisehart received postseason women's soccer honors.

Three Liberty women's soccer players have received postseason honors after a successful 2009 campaign. Maria Owen and Silvia Betancourt were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State second team, while Rachel Wisehart was named an honorable mention Scholar All-East Region.

Owen and Betancourt were also named to the 2009 Big South all-conference team, and Wisehart was a Big South All-Academic Team selection.

Owen, a junior forward from Mount Jackson, Va., led the team with 16 points and four assists. She also led the Big South with 37 shots on the year.

Betancourt, a sophomore midfielder from San Jose, Costa Rica, started all 19 contests and led the squad with seven goals.

Senior defender Rachel Wisehart, a native of Concord, N.C., was part of a Liberty defense that did not allow a goal in 576 minutes and recorded six shutouts. The team captain recorded her first career assist in a 1-0 victory over Longwood on Sept. 30. She also served as president of the Liberty Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the second consecutive year.

The Lady Flames ended the season with an overall record of 9-7-3 and claimed the Big South regular-season title. Head coach Jessica Hain was named the Big South Coach of the Year.