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Liberty Squares Off with Winthrop, Wednesday

October 20, 2015  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Alex Mack

Alex Mack

The Liberty women's soccer team looks to return to the win column on Wednesday, when the Lady Flames square off with Winthrop. The matchup at Eagle Field is slated for 6 p.m.

Liberty is 2-5 when playing on the road, this season, but hopes to turn things around after seeing its 14-game home unbeaten streak snapped, this past Saturday.

Winthrop holds the advantage in the all-time series with a 7-5-2 record. However, the Lady Flames took the most recent meeting, defeating Winthrop, 3-1, at Osborne Stadium, last season (Oct. 22, 2015).

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 Winthrop media relations office.

A Look at Liberty
Entering the contest atop the Big South standings, the Liberty women's soccer team played host to Gardner-Webb, Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, the visitors took advantage of a free kick in the first period to pick up the 1-0 victory.

With the defeat, Liberty fell to 7-7-1 overall and 5-2 in the Big South. Liberty saw its 14-game unbeaten streak at Osborne Stadium come to an end. The Lady Flames are now second in the conference standings behind Coastal Carolina.

Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played the entire 90 minutes, finishing with two saves. The netminder currently leads the conference in total saves with 89 and is tied for second in shutouts with six.

Sophomore forward Jennifer Knoebel leads the Lady Flames attack with 15 points on five goals and five assists. Senior midfielder Brittany Aanderud has three goals on the year along with a quartet of assists.

Winthrop at a Glance
The Lady Eagles enter Wednesday's matchup with a 5-7-2 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in conference play. Winthrop is coming off a 1-0 victory over Campbell this past Saturday. Emily Crick posted the game-winning goal in the 75th minute.

Megan David paces the Lady Eagles' offense with three goals on the season. Karly Gustafson and Caroline Douglas have split time in goal. Duncan has made 37 saves and owns a goals-against average of 1.25. Meanwhile, Gustafson has two shutouts along with 30 saves and goals-against average of 1.51.

Lady Flames News and Notes
• Sophomore forward Jennifer Knoebel was named the Big South Attacking Player on Oct. 5. Knoebel earned the honor after her performances in victories over Campbell and UNC Asheville. The honor marked Knoebel's first-ever weekly conference award and the first for the Lady Flames, this season.

• Following an assist in Liberty's victory over High Point, Brittany Aanderud now has 60 career points, sitting only behind Nancy (Davis) White (1998-2001), who closed out her Liberty career with 106 points.

• Liberty is undefeated in overtime games, this season, sporting a 2-0-1 record. The Lady Flames played Tennessee to a scoreless draw on Aug. 28. Liberty then defeated VCU, 1-0, thanks to a golden goal in the 96th minute by Madison Kauzlarich. On Sept. 23, the Lady Flames defeated Radford, 3-2, with 20 seconds left in double overtime, receiving a golden goal from Devon Jones.

• 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 29. 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 28. 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). The Fullerton, Calif., native needs two more helpers to break the current Big South record of 29 assists.

• 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.

Coming Up Next
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Saturday to play host to Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. The Homecoming Weekend matchup will stream live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network.