Junior midfielder Brittany Aanderud (left) and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Holly Van Noord (right)
For the second straight year, Liberty women's soccer midfielder Brittany Aanderud and goalkeeper Holly Van Noord have earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team honors.
Aanderud was named to the second team once again, while Van Noord picks up second team recognition for the first time after receiving a third team selection last season. The tandem becomes the first two players in school history to earn multiple all-region honors.
Van Noord picked up where she left off this season after a stellar 2013 campaign. The netminder was voted 2014 Big South Defensive Player of the Year, leading the conference in shutouts (9), save percentage (.844) and goals-against average (0.69). She was also ranked 31st in the country in goals-against average and 33rd in save percentage.
On Oct. 11, Van Noord earned her 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over High Point. The redshirt sophomore surpassed the previous mark of 20 set by former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12). Van Noord now has 23 shutouts, accomplishing the feat in her first two active seasons.
A Big South first team all-conference selection for the second straight year, Aanderud paced the Lady Flames in points (21) on six goals and a conference-leading nine assists. Nationally, the midfielder ranked 44th in total assists and 37th in assists per game.
In Liberty's 8-0 win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 1, Aanderud set a new program record with 21 helpers. The mark surpassed the previous record held by Nancy (Davis) White (1998-2001). Aanderud now has 24 career assists. Through three seasons, Aandeurd has 50 career points, tying her for fifth all-time with Lauren Zealand (1999, 2001, 03-04).
The Lady Flames concluded their season at 14-4-2, including an 8-1-1 mark in conference play en route to their third Big South regular season championship in program history. Entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed, Liberty reached the championship final for the second straight year. Squaring off with No. 3 seed High Point, the contest went to penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie. High Point advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4, to capture the 2014 Big South Championship.
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