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Aanderud and Van Noord Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors for 3rd Straight Year

December 16, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Aanderud and Van Noord Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors for 3rd Straight Year

NSCAA All-Region Team

For the third straight year, Liberty women's soccer midfielder Brittany Aanderud and goalkeeper Holly Van Noord have earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team honors.

Aanderud was named to the second team for the third consecutive season, while Van Noord picks up third team honors for the second time in her collegiate career after receiving a second team selection, last season. Aanderud and Van Noord are the only players in school history to earn multiple all-region honors.

Aanderud concluded her collegiate career as Liberty and the Big South's all-time leader in assists with 30. Already the program leader, Aanderud broke a 20-year conference record when she posted the game-winning assist in Liberty's 1-0 victory over Longwood on Oct. 27. The assist to sophomore Baylee Gillmore also allowed the Lady Flames to claim their second straight Big South regular-season title. Aanderud closed out the year second on the team in points (14), recording four goals and six assists. The Fullerton, Calif., native capped off her time at Liberty second all-time in the program record books with 64 points, trailing only Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Nancy Davis.

Van Noord added another stellar season to the mantle in 2015. Tied for the Big South lead in shutouts with 10, the netminder also paced the league in saves with 125 (ninth in the country), while finishing the year second in the Big South in save percentage (.862) and goals-against average (0.92). Van Noord was instrumental in Liberty's fifth Big South Championship run, allowing just one goal during the conference tournament en route to earning all-tournament honors. The second team all-conference selection recorded her 33rd career shutout in Liberty's 1-0 victory over Campbell in the Big South Championship final (Nov. 8), tying Radford's Che' Brown for the Big South record.

Liberty earned a record-tying fifth Big South Championship, this season, finishing the year with a 13-8-1 mark overall. The Lady Flames also posted eight conference victories for the third straight season, concluding Big South regular-season play with an 8-2 record. Liberty punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, squaring off once again with No. 3 seed North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Lady Flames in the first round, 3-0 (Nov. 13).