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Lady Flames Set for 2 Weekend Road Games
The Liberty women's soccer team (2-2) begins a two-game road trip with a visit to the nation's capital, Friday, taking on American. The matchup marks the second meeting all-time between the two squads. In the previous contest, which took place on Sept. 28, 1993, American bested the Lady Flames at Liberty Soccer Field, 8-2. Game time for the rematch 19 years in the making is slated for 4 p.m.
Following the matchup with the Eagles, Liberty heads to Norfolk, Va., on Sunday for a clash with Old Dominion at 1 p.m.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Fans can watch a live video stream of Friday's game on Eagles Vision TV for a nominal fee, by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results panel on LibertyFlames.com.
A Look at Liberty
Liberty got back into the win column in a big way, Sunday at Osborne Stadium, defeating USC Upstate, 4-0. The Lady Flames' goal total was the team's most since head coach Jessica Hain's squad posted six goals against UNC Asheville on Oct. 27, 2010.
Liberty's 28 shots were also the most since the Lady Flames racked up 29 attempts in a 2-1 win over VMI on Oct. 20, 2011.
Four different Lady Flames found the back of the net against the Spartans – Crystal Elmers, Helena Pereira, Rebecca Smith and Geena Swentik. Freshman midfielder Brittany Aanderud led the Lady Flames with two assists, while redshirt junior forward Kelly Henion and freshman midfielder Hannah Myers also chipped in helpers.
Liberty's shutout gave goalkeeper Karen Blocker the 13th of her career. The Bowie, Md., native now needs two more to tie Natalie Mayer (2001-2004) for the program record (15). Blocker also sits at third place on the program's all-time saves list with 264, needing 33 to surpass Paula Barringer (1989-91) for the No. 2 spot.
Offensively, Elmers is pacing the Lady Flames with two goals and four points on the season, while Aanderud's pair of assists puts her at the top of the team's leader board.
American at a Glance
American (1-2-1) is coming off a 2-1 victory over UMBC on Saturday for its first win of the season. Kelly Donovan registered her first collegiate goal in the game to give the Eagles the 1-0 advantage late in the first half. Jasmine Mohandesi tallied the game-winner in the 79th minute for her third goal of the year, matching her total from last season.
Mohandesi leads the Eagles with a team-high three goals and six points. Michelle Montilio and Nicole Paviglionite have each added a team-best two assists. Charlene Belanger has recorded 16 saves for American.
Sister Act … And Big Brother Too
In the last few seasons, Liberty's roster has featured several sister combinations. This year, the Lady Flames lineup includes junior Dawn Elmers and forward Crystal Elmers. On Aug. 22, the pair received the start at Klockner Stadium against No. 7 Virginia, with Dawn lining up at defender and Crystal taking the field at forward.
Freshman midfielder Brittany Aanderud may not have her sister on the team, but her sibling isn't too far away. Liberty baseball second baseman and big brother Bryan Aanderud is entering his senior season with the Flames. Last season, the elder Aanderud led the Flames in batting average (.368), total hits (81) and RBIs (53).
Following its matchup with American, Liberty heads to Norfolk, Va., to take on Old Dominion (1-2) of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Sunday. Prior to their clash with the Lady Flames, the Lady Monarchs will play a road contest against defending Big South champion Radford, Friday, at 7 p.m.
Liberty is looking for its first win against Old Dominion, as the Commonwealth competitor holds a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series. In the most recent meeting, Liberty hosted Old Dominion on Sept. 11, 2009, falling to the CAA foe, 3-1. Game time for the sixth installment in the series is slated for 1 p.m., Sunday afternoon. Fans can access live stats and a live video stream (fee included) by clicking on the appropriate link on the schedule/results tab on LibertyFlames.com.
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