Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord (center)
Liberty women's soccer goalkeeper Holly Van Noord has been named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for games played Sept. 2-8. The conference made the announcement earlier this afternoon. Van Noord's weekly honor marks the first of her Liberty career and the program's first such accolade in 2013. The redshirt freshman's weekend began with a 3-0 shutout win at Drexel, Friday night. Despite the Dragons outshooting the Lady Flames, 17-7, and firing six shots on goal, Van Noord thwarted every attempt, finishing the contest with six saves. On Sunday, the netminder picked up two saves in another 3-0 shutout victory against Saint Joseph's. With the win, Van Noord picked up her fourth shutout of the season, helping Liberty improve to 4-1 for the first time in program history. Van Noord and the Lady Flames remain on the road, Thursday, squaring off with UNCG. Liberty is seeking its first-ever win against the Spartans, as UNCG leads the all-time series, 5-0. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium, Sunday, to host Marshall. The Lady Flames look to improve their home record to 3-0 when they take on The Herd. Match time is set for 2 p.m.
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