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Liberty Headed to DC for Matchup with George Washington

September 16, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ashleigh Hill

Ashleigh Hill

The Liberty women's soccer team heads to the nation's capital on Thursday to take on George Washington. The Lady Flames lead the all-time series, 2-1, but look to avenge last season's 1-0 loss to the Colonials at Osborne Stadium. Game time for Thursday's matchup at GW Soccer Field is slated for 3 p.m.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A video stream courtesy of the A10 Network 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 George Washington media relations office.

A Look at Liberty
Madison Kauzlarich played the role of hero, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium. The senior midfielder scored a golden goal during the first overtime period to put the Liberty women's soccer team over VCU, 1-0.

Thanks to Kauzlarich's first goal of the season, Liberty moved to 2-4-1 overall. Jennifer Knoebel and Jaime Bouffard each garnered assists on the goal.

Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord picked up her third shutout of the season and the 26th of her career, posting 10 saves during the contest. Van Noord currently leads the Big South in total saves (52) and save percentage (.867) and is tied for second in shutouts with three.

Brittany Aanderud leads the Lady Flames with five points on two goals and one assist. The senior midfielder is currently tied with Silvia Betancourt (2008-11) for No. 2 all-time on Liberty's career points list with 55.

Along with Kauzalrich, Bouffard and Knoebel each have one goal on the season. Seven Lady Flames have garnered an assist this season – Aanderud, Knoebel, Bouffard, Crystal Elmers, Baylee Gillmore, Jordan Kestel and Sami Santos.

George Washington at a Glance
The Colonials (2-4) look to bounce back from a three-game skid, which includes losses to Drexel (1-0), Georgetown (4-1) and Delaware (3-1).

George Washington shares two common opponents with Liberty, as the team also kicked off its season at the Fullerton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif. The Colonials defeated UC Riverside, 1-0, via golden goal in overtime (Aug. 21), before falling to host Cal State Fullerton two days later, 4-1.

Mackenzie Cowley leads George Washington with four goals on the year, followed by Brittany Cooper, Emily Brown and Lina Proska, who each have one.

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.

• 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 26. 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 25. 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 seven 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, made her Liberty debut on Sunday versus VCU, taking a shot on goal in the second period.

Coming Up Next
Liberty will receive a six-day break from game action before heading to Radford to begin conference play on Sept. 23. Game time at Patrick D. Cupp Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.