The Liberty women's soccer team make its 2015 Osborne Stadium, when it plays host to Tennessee, Friday at 3 p.m.
Liberty's home matchup with the Lady Volunteers marks the first-ever meeting between the two squads. The Lady Flames look to bounce back from a 0-2 start, while Tennessee enters the game with a 1-0-1 record.
The contest is the first in a Liberty soccer doubleheader, with the men hosting Bluefield at 7 p.m.
How to Follow the Lady Flames A free live video stream courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network will be available by clicking the appropriate link on schedule/results panel under women's soccer on LibertyFlames.com.
Live stats powered by StatBroadcast will also be available for the contest by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com.
Last Time Out for Liberty Looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton, Friday, the Liberty women's soccer team returned to Titan Stadium on Sunday, squaring off with UC Riverside. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the high octane offense displayed by the Highlanders led to a 3-1 victory for the Big West member.
With the defeat, Liberty starts the season 0-2 for the first time since the 2008 season.
Fullerton, Calif., native and senior midfielder Brittany Aanderud posted Liberty's lone goal with 20 seconds left in the contest. The marker gave Aanderud 52 points for her collegiate career, surpassing Aimee Luurtsema (2008-11, 51) for fourth place in program history.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord finished the contest with 13 saves, tying her career high, which she set two years to the day (Aug. 23, 2013) in her first collegiate match against Charlotte. Highlanders' netminder Elizabeth Silas finished the contest with three saves.
Tennessee at a Glance The Lady Volunteers (1-0-1) opened the 2015 season with a 0-0 tie versus Lipscomb, last Friday. Tennessee followed up with a 2-0 win over Georgia Southern, Sunday, giving head coach Brian Pensky his 100th career win. Forwards Anna McClung and Amy Neal accounted for Tennessee's goals in the contest. Goalkeeper Julie Eckel, who sat out all of 2014 due to injury, picked up her second shutout of the year and the 25th of her career.
Freshman midfielder Katie Cousins is no stranger to the Hill City, as she grew up in nearby, Forest Va., and was a two-year letterwinner at Jefferson Forest High School. A member of the 2014 U.S. U-18 Women's National Team, Cousins was the 2013-14 National Gatorade Player of the Year and was the TopDrawerSoccer.com No. 1 player in IMG Academy Top 150 for 2015 graduating class.
Cousins competed at Osborne Stadium during the 2014 Virginia High School League Girls Soccer State Championship, helping lead Jefferson Forest to the state finals (June 14, 2014). With the Cavaliers trailing to Dominion 2-0 early in the contest, Cousins posted two of Jefferson Forest's three goals to send the contest in overtime. Dominion ultimately captured the state title, outshooting the Cavaliers 13-12 in penalty kicks.
Lady Flames News and Notes • Over the summer, the Osborne Stadium playing surface was replaced. A new drainage system and natural turf surface was installed.
• Friday is the first of two Liberty soccer doubleheaders, this season. On Sept. 26, the men will host Winthrop at noon, while the women will play Charleston Southern at 4 p.m. at Osborne Stadium.
• Brittany Aanderud is currently fourth in program history with 52 career points. Nancy (Davis) White (1998-2001) leads the category with 106 career points. Silvia Betancourt (2008-11) sits in second all-time with 55 points, followed by Amy Oberlin (2005-08) who has 54.
• Two current Lady Flames sit atop the program record books in different categories. Holly Van Noord is the program's all-time leader in career shutouts with 23. Van Noord garnered the record in her first two active seasons, surpassing former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12, 20) with her 21st career shutout in a 20- win over High Point (Oct. 11, 2014).
• In addition to Van Noord, Brittany Aanderud is also the program leader in assists with 24. Aanderud broke the previous record of 20 held by Nancy (Davis) White (1998-01), recording a helper in Liberty's 8-0 win over UNC Asheville (Oct. 1, 2014).
• Liberty was voted the preseason favorite in the Big South Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll by the league's head coaches. Holly Van Noord was voted Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Van Noord was also the 2014 Big South Defensive Player of the Year.
• The Lady Flames have two pairs of sisters on the current roster. Sophomore defender Ashleigh Hill has started Liberty's first two contests, this season. Her younger sister and freshman midfielder Alyssa Hill made her first career start against UC Riverside on Sunday. Twin sisters Devon and Hadley Jones are also on the Lady Flames' roster. Hadley, a freshman defender, made her Liberty debut versus Fullerton, last Friday. Her sister Devon, who has yet to see game action this season, is a freshman forward.
A Look Ahead Liberty remains at Osborne Stadium, next Thursday, playing host to Old Dominion. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m., with the matchup streaming live on the Big South Network and Liberty Flames Sports Network.
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