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Women's Soccer Squares off with No. 7 Virginia, Wednesday

August 21, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Lady Flames Forward Crystal Elmers

The Liberty women's soccer team looks to rebound from a narrow loss to Drexel this past Sunday as it heads to nearby Charlottesville, Va., to take on No. 7 Virginia, Wednesday. The matchup marks the 12th meeting all-time between the two squads, with the Cavaliers holding an 11-0 advantage in the series. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is slated for 7 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 panel. Live stats for Wednesday's game will be provided by the Virginia media relations office.

A Look at Liberty
This past Sunday, the Liberty women's soccer team opened its home slate against Drexel. Despite outshooting the Dragons and holding the advantage in corner kicks, the Lady Flames were unable to find the net in the contest, allowing the visitors to pick up the 1-0 win at Osborne Stadium.

On Friday, Liberty opened the season with a win, defeating Davidson at Alumni Stadium, 1-0. Freshman Crystal Elmers posted the lone goal for Liberty in the 38th minute of the opening half, courtesy of a Lauren Stell assist. With Stell on the left side of the box, the senior sent a crossing pass to Elmers, who leaped into the air and flicked the ball into the upper right corner for her first career goal.

With the victory, Liberty wins its season opener win for the first time in six years. The last time the Lady Flames began the year with a mark in the win column occurred on Aug. 25, 2006, as Liberty bested Longwood, 3-0. That game was also the last time a Liberty freshman scored a goal in a season-opening contest. Maggie Woody posted the Lady Flames' first goal of the game, connecting on a free kick in the 13th minute.

Goalkeeper Karen Blocker played the entire 90 minutes of Friday's contest in the net, finishing with four saves to notch her 12th career shutout. The redshirt senior is now three saves shy of tying Natalie Mayer (15, 2001-2004) for the program record.

Virginia at a Glance
The No. 7 Virginia women's soccer team recorded its first win of the season, downing defending Big South champion Radford, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers (1-1) had five different goal scorers in the game as they handed the Highlanders their first defeat of the season.

The Cavaliers were led offensively by first-year Makenzy Doniak, who had a goal and two assists. Sophomore Kaili Torres added a goal and assist for her first career three-point game.

Prior to Sunday's win, Virginia dropped its season opener to No. 8 Penn State at Klöckner Stadium, 3-1. The loss marks just the second time in the past 13 years that the Cavaliers have lost their season opener, with both of those losses coming against the Nittany Lions.

Looking Ahead
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Sunday for its first-ever meeting versus USC Upstate. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.

2012 Big South Conference Preseason Women's Soccer Poll
Team (First-Place Votes) – Points
1) Campbell (4) – 132
2) Radford (6) – 130
3) High Point (2) – 122
4) Winthrop – 101
5) Longwood  –  90
6) Charleston Southern – 83
7) Liberty – 76
8) Coastal Carolina – 65
9) UNC Asheville  – 50
10) Gardner-Webb  – 46
11) Presbyterian College – 23
12) VMI  – 18