The Liberty women's soccer team is headed to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, squaring off with No. 3 seed North Carolina, Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Fetzer Field.
The Lady Flames (13-7-1) clinched a berth to the tournament, Sunday afternoon, defeating Campbell, 1-0, to capture the program's fifth Big South Championship.
Head coach Jessica Hain's squad now takes on the Tar Heels (14-4-1) for the second time in program history. Regarded as one of the most storied programs in NCAA Division I women's soccer, UNC has won 21 of 33 NCAA national championships all-time.
Liberty and UNC previously met during the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The hosting Tar Heels defeated Liberty, 4-0 (Nov. 16, 2013).
Offensively, the Lady Flames are led by Big South All-Conference and All-Tournament selection Jennifer Knoebel, who has six goals and eight assists on the season. Senior midfielder Brittany Aanderud follows closely behind with four goals six assists. Aanderud also holds the program and Big South all-time assist record with 30 helpers.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord enters the contest with a Liberty and Big South record 33 career shutouts. The Lady Flames defense, which features Big South Tournament MVP Alex Mack, has recorded 11 clean sheets, this season.
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