The Liberty women's soccer team begins Big South Conference play on the road, Wednesday, when it takes on Radford at Patrick D. Cupp Stadium at 7 p.m.
The Highlanders lead the all-time series, 16-10-4, but the Lady Flames have taken the last three contests. In the two squads' most recent meeting, Liberty hosted Radford in the first round of the 2014 Big South Women's Soccer Championship (Nov. 2). Liberty defeated Radford, 2-0, receiving goals from Brittany Aanderud and Madison Kauzlarich.
How to Follow the Lady Flames A video stream courtesy of the Big South Network will be available for Wednesday's contest by clicking the appropriate link on the schedule/results panel under women's soccer on LibertyFlames.com. Live stats will also be provided by the Radford media relations office.
A Look at Liberty Looking to build upon a 1-0 golden goal victory over VCU, the Liberty women's soccer team traveled to the nation's capital, last Thursday afternoon, for a matchup with George Washington. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the Colonials benefited from an own goal, a penalty kick and a third marker in the second period to take the contest, 3-0.
With the defeat at GW Soccer Field, Liberty ends its non-conference slate at 2-5-1. The Colonials improve to 3-4-1 in 2015. George Washington's victory also ties the all-time series at 2-2.
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.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord currently leads the league in saves (55) and is second in save percentage (.833). The netminder is also tied for second in shutouts with three.
Radford at a Glance The Highlanders enter Wednesday's contest with a 5-3 record. Radford is coming off an 8-0 win over Division III member Southern Virginia, this past Friday. Amanda Philip paced the Highlanders with three goals, followed by Ana Revollo and Sally Dillinger, who each had two. Cassidy Ratcliff rounded out Radford's scoring with one goal.
After their performance last week, Philip and Revollo pace the Highlanders' offense with three goals, apiece. Jessica Wollmann and Jordan Lundin lead the team in assists with two each.
Head coach Ben Sohrabi is in his 19th year with the program. The three-time Big South Coach of the Year has led the Highlanders to a record five Big South Championships and four regular-season titles.
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 eight 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 returns to Osborne Stadium on Saturday to host Charleston Southern at 4 p.m. The contest is part of a doubleheader with the men's team playing Winthrop at noon. The Lady Flames' clash with the Buccaneers will be streamed live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network.
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