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Women's Soccer to Host Pair of Weekend Games
The Liberty women's soccer team heads to the Campus East Fields on Friday to host George Washington at 7 p.m. The matchup with the Colonials marks the second meeting between the two squads, with the first taking place last season (Sept. 23, 2011). Goalkeeper Karen Blocker reached a milestone in the 2-1 Liberty win, collecting her 200th career save.
On Sunday, the Lady Flames return to Campus East to host South Carolina State at 2 p.m. The meeting with the Bulldogs will be the third all-time. The series' inaugural contest on Oct. 9, 1999 still holds the Liberty program record for most goals (23) and most shots (57) by a Lady Flames squad.
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A Look at Liberty
Looking to extend its winning streak to four games, the Liberty women's soccer team hosted BIG EAST member Pittsburgh, last Friday night, at Osborne Stadium. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, their first-ever meeting with the Panthers did not go as planned.
A wide angled shot by Pitt's Rileigh McHugh made its way into the back of the net in the opening period, leading to a 1-0 Panthers victory.
With the defeat, Liberty fell to 4-3 on the year, while Pitt improved to 5-3.
Senior Lauren Stell and freshman Crystal Elmers lead the team in points (5) and goals (2), while freshman Brittany Aanderud has been a key distributor for the Lady Flames in the opening seven games. The midfielder currently leads the conference in assists with three helpers, this season.
Goalkeeper Karen Blocker enters Friday's contest leading the Big South in save percentage (.815), goals-against average (0.71) and four shutouts on the season.
The redshirt senior earned her 15th career shutout in a 1-0 victory over Old Dominion on Sept. 2, tying the program record set by Natalie Mayer (2001-04).
In addition to holding a share of the shutout record, Blocker has 275 career saves, needing just 22 to surpass Paula Barringer (296, 1989-91) for No. 2 on the program's all-time list. The netminder currently has a 1.50 career goals-against average and is on pace to set a new school record. The current record is 1.64, held by Sonia Rodriguez (2000-05) and Blocker's former teammate Ashley Nyholt (2007-10).
As a team, Liberty leads the Big South in fewest goals allowed (5), goals-against average (0.71) and shutouts (4).
George Washington at a Glance
The Colonials enter Friday's contest with a 3-3 record on the season after going 1-1 in the Navy Invitational, this past weekend. George Washington picked a 2-1 win over Towson on Friday before falling to Rider, 1-0, Sunday.
Alex Neal and Adriana Moya lead the Colonials' attack with two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Nicole Fasano has appeared in all six contests and currently has 30 saves (.789) and a goals-against average of 1.44, this season.
Sneak Peek at South Carolina State
The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-1 win over USC Aiken on Wednesday, improving to 5-5 on the year. Brooke Contreras leads the team in goals with three, while Blanco Barrio has five assists and one goal to pace South Carolina State with seven points.
The Bulldogs have utilized three different goalkeepers this season – Danielle Murphy, Haley Austin and Mariah Hebbe. Murphy leads the way with a goals-against average of 1.11, while Hebbe has the most saves on the year with 18.
Liberty continues a five-game homestand on Sept. 20, when it kicks off the conference slate against Presbyterian College. Game time at the Campus East Fields is slated for 7 p.m.