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Women's Soccer Heads to Radford Friday
The Liberty women's soccer team continues Big South play in the Commonwealth this weekend, travelling to Radford and VMI. The Lady Flames will meet the Highlanders on Friday at 7 p.m. Following its rendezvous with Radford, Liberty heads to VMI on Sunday to take on the hosting Keydets. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
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Live stats will be available on LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results page. Live stats will be provided by the Radford and VMI media relations offices.
A Look At Liberty
The Lady Flames enter Friday's contest with a 5-8-2 record overall and 2-3 posting in conference play. Liberty is coming off a setback, after falling to defending conference champion High Point, 3-0, at Osborne Stadium this past Saturday.
Liberty is currently third in the conference in goals (25), assists (19) and points (69), sitting behind Charleston Southern and Radford in all three categories.
Aimee Luurtsema leads the team with nine goals and 22 points this season. The junior attacker achieved a milestone in Liberty's game against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 11, finishing with a goal and an assist to garner the third spot on Liberty's all-time single season points list. Luurtsema's goal and point totals place her at second behind Charleston Southern's Marky Boyce in the Big South this season in both categories.
Silvia Betancourt follows closely behind Luurtsema with eight goals, two assists and 18 points. The Costa Rica native currently sits at third in the conference in goals and points behind Boyce and Luurtsema. The forward needs just one assist to become the third player in school history to record at least 19 points in a single season.
Betancourt's goal on Oct. 11 against Gardner-Webb allowed her to surpass Amy Ingalls (1989-92) for sole possession of fourth place on Liberty's all-time career points list with 44. The marker also tied her with Ingalls for fourth place on Liberty's all-time career goals listing with 19.
Madison Short's two assists in Liberty's win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 11 makes her the team leader in helpers this season with five. The contest also marked the second time the sophomore recorded multiple assists in game this season, after first doing so against Charleston Southern on Oct. 2. Short's assist total on the year ties her for first place in the conference with High Point's Sara Rager.
Goalkeeper Ashley Nyholt has started in between the posts for the Lady Flames in all 15 contests. The Brampton, Ontario native is currently third in the conference in saves with 76. The senior enters Friday's contest with a 1.61 goals-against average.
Liberty/Radford Series Notes
Liberty currently holds a 7-12-3 record in the all-time series with Radford. Last season, the Lady Flames defeated Radford, 2-0, on Oct. 25 at Osborne Stadium. Liberty's pair of goals in the contest came in the second half from Aimee Luurtsema and Maria Owen.
With the win, the Lady Flames capped off an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1), the longest in program history. The mark surpassed the 2005 Liberty squad, which had a seven-game unbeaten streak (7-0).
Scouting the Highlanders
Radford enters Friday's contest with a 9-6-1 record overall and a 3-2-1 posting in conference play. The Highlanders hold a 3-2-1 record at home this season. Radford's lone 1-1 tie at Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium came against first place Charleston Southern on Oct. 8. The Highlanders are the only Big South team not to suffer a defeat against the conference leader this season.
After starting 3-0-1 in conference play, the Highlanders have suffered two straight setbacks, falling 1-0 to Winthrop last Friday and 2-1 to Gardner-Webb this past Sunday.
Radford's leading scorer Julie Ruh'e is currently fourth in the conference in goals with seven on the season. Teammate Mary Wiley is tied with High Point's Kelli Jolene for fifth on the conference scoring list with six goals.
Liberty/VMI Series Notes
Liberty enters Sunday's contest against the Keydets touting a 4-2 record in the all-time series. Last season, VMI brought the Lady Flames' eight-game unbeaten streak to a halt, squeaking away with a 2-1 win at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 26. VMI's pair of markers in the contest also snapped a five- game shutout streak. During the span, the Lady Flames did not allow a goal for 576:23. The Liberty loss marked its only defeat in Big South play, as the Lady Flames went on to claim the regular-season title with a 6-1-2 conference record.
Scouting the Keydets
VMI currently holds a 2-13-1 record overall and a 1-4-1 posting in conference play. The Keydets are also 1-5 in home games, this season. Prior to its matchup with Liberty, VMI will host High Point, Friday at 2 p.m.
Redshirt senior midfielder Maggie Woody tallied her first goal of the season in the 70th minute of Liberty's game against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 11. The marker, which capped off the Lady Flames' trio of goals, was the sixth of Woody's career and her first since she found the net in a contest against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 3, 2008.
The New 3G: Golden Goal Girl
Freshman Casey Norris netted her first career goal in Liberty's 1-0 overtime win against Winthrop on Oct. 9. The game-winning tally came in the 98th minute of the contest, with only 2:37 remaining in the overtime period. Norris' goal was somewhat reminiscent of last year's regular season clash between the two squads, which occurred one year to the day (Oct. 9, 2009), and ended when forward Maria Owen netted a shot in the final 80 seconds of the second overtime to give Liberty a 1-0 victory.
Coming Up Next
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Wednesday, playing host to UNC Asheville. Game time against the Bulldogs is slated for 4 p.m.