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Liberty Preparing for Contests with Pitt and VCU

September 8, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Preparing for Contests with Pitt and VCU

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Following a close contest versus James Madison this past Sunday, the Liberty women's soccer team heads north to take on Pittsburgh at Ambrose Urbanic Field, Thursday, at 6 p.m. The contest marks the second meeting all-time between the two squads, with the Panthers earning the 1-0 victory in the previous meeting at Osborne Stadium (Sept. 7, 2012).

On Sunday, the Lady Flames return home to host VCU at 2 p.m. The Rams lead the all-time series, 8-3-1.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A video stream courtesy of PittsburghPanthers.com will be available for Thursday's contest by clicking the appropriate link on schedule/results panel under women's soccer on LibertyFlames.com. Live stats will also be provided by the Pittsburgh media relations office.

On Sunday, a free live video stream will be available courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network. Live stats powered by StatBroadcast will also be available by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results panel of LibertyFlames.com.

A Look at Liberty
Seeking its first-ever win versus James Madison, the Liberty women's soccer team squared off with the Dukes, Sunday afternoon, at University Park. Despite keeping things close and posting an equalizing goal during the first period, the Lady Flames were unable to come away with the victory, dropping the contest, 2-1.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 1-3-1 on the season, while JMU improves to 4-2 in 2015. The Dukes extend their all-time series record against Liberty to 6-0.

Sophomore forward Jennifer Knoebel posted Liberty's lone marker, receiving an assist from senior forward Crystal Elmers.

Liberty and JMU each finished the contest with 13 shots, with the Dukes outshooting the Lady Flames on goal, 5-2. Corner kicks were also even at 5-5.

Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played the full 90 minutes in goal, making three saves. Van Noord currently leads the Big South in saves (36) and is second in the conference in save percentage (.857). The redshirt junior has played all 470 minutes in between the pipes for the Lady Flames.

Senior midfielder Brittany Aanderud leads the Lady Flames with two goals, followed by Knoebel, who has one. Four different players have garnered an assist on the season – Elmers, Baylee Gillmore, Sami Santos and Jordan Kestel.

Pittsburgh at a Glance
Pitt enters Thursday's matchup with a 4-1-1 record in 2015 and is currently riding a three-game win streak. On Sunday, the Panthers defeated La Salle, 3-1, receiving goals from Juliana Vazquez, Sarah Krause and Siobhan McDonough.

Jarena Harmon leads the Panthers' attack with four goals on the season, while Taylor Pryce has a quartet of assists. Goalkeeper Taylor Francis has started all six games in between the posts. She currently has a save percentage of .914 and a goals against average of 0.48.

Sneak Peek at VCU
VCU is currently 1-4 on the year, with its lone win coming in the form of a 4-2 victory over ODU on Aug. 21. The Atlantic 10 member is coming off a 3-0 defeat at the hands of No. 10 Virginia Tech on Sunday. Prior to its contest with the Lady Flames, the Rams will square off with Drexel on Friday.

Sunday's contest will mark the first matchup between Liberty and VCU in five years. The Rams defeated the Lady Flames in Richmond, Va., 3-0, on Sept. 10, 2010.

Lady Flames News and Notes
• In Liberty's matchup versus UC Riverside on Aug. 23, 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.

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 25. 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 2-0 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 five contests, this season. Her younger sister and freshman midfielder Alyssa Hill made her first career start against UC Riverside on Aug. 23 and has started four games. Twin sisters Devon and Hadley Jones are also on the Lady Flames' roster. Hadley, a freshman defender, made her Liberty debut versus Fullerton, Aug. 21. Her sister Devon, who has yet to see game action this season, is a freshman forward.