Brittany Aanderud has signed with Tierps IF in Sweden, becoming the first Liberty women's soccer player to compete professionally.
One of Liberty's most decorated women's soccer players is taking her game to the professional ranks, as senior midfielder Brittany Aanderud has signed with Tierps IF of Sweden. With her signing, Aanderud becomes the first player in program history to compete professionally.
"I am really excited about playing at the next level," Aanderud stated. "It's something I always dreamed of as a little girl, but never really thought it would happen. I am thankful and humbled that the Lord has allowed me to continue doing something I love and that I'm extremely passionate about. Liberty has taught me a lot about displaying Christ through a competitive environment and I'm excited to be able to use this platform to put that into practice and be a light."
Tierps IF is in Division I of the Swedish Club League, one of the country's top competitive leagues. The club is located in Tierp, Sweden, which is approximately 80 miles north of the nation's capital, Stockholm, in the southeast portion of the country.
"Brittany's accomplishments on the field are hugely impressive, and yet do not shine adequate light on the kind of teammate she is – passionate, driven, gracious, loving, and Christ-centered," Liberty Women's Soccer Head Coach Jessica Hain stated. "She will be a blessing to her new team by the way she loves and serves them. She will be a hard-working ambassador of her family, Liberty University, the Big South Conference and Christ. Brittany is a Champion for Christ in the purest sense. I am so excited for how the Lord will continue to use her among new "I think what I am most excited about is that Brittany is the first women's soccer player from Liberty University to turn pro," assistant coach Adam Godwin added. "When Dr. Falwell founded this university it was with the vision of training Champions for Christ who would go out and impact all career fields for His glory. Brittany's accomplishment has opened up for the first time a brand new field to impact, one that perhaps even Dr. Falwell didn't ever dream would exist. We are so proud of Brittany. She is an outstanding young lady and incredible soccer player who will be a great ambassador for this university and for Christ."
During her time at Liberty, Aanderud helped the Lady Flames capture two Big South Championships (2013, 2015) and a pair of regular-season titles (2014-15). The Lady Flames amassed a total of 54 wins in Aanderud's four years at Liberty, making her class the winningest in program history. In 2013, Aanderud helped lead Liberty to a program-best 16 wins. That same year, the Lady Flames captured the Big South Championship with Aanderud earning Tournament MVP honors.
Aanderud leaves Liberty after becoming the only Lady Flame in program history to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region second team honors three straight seasons (2013-15). The midfielder is also a two-time Big South All-Conference first team selection (2013-14), a three-time all-tournament team member and a 2012 all-freshman team honoree. Along with her conference accomplishments, Aanderud also earned VaSID All-State first team honors in 2014.
Aanderud concluded her collegiate career as Liberty's and the Big South's all-time leader in assists with 30. Already the program leader, the team captain broke a 20-year conference record when she posted the game-winning assist in Liberty's 1-0 victory over Longwood on Oct. 27, 2015. The assist to sophomore Baylee Gillmore also allowed the Lady Flames to claim their second straight Big South regular-season title. Aanderud closed out her senior 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.
Upon arriving in Sweden, Aanderud will join Campbell forward and Big South Attacking Player of the Year Ashley Clark, who also recently signed with Tierps IF. The Lady Flames and the Camels met in the final of the 2015 Big South Championship on Nov. 8, 2015. Aanderud recorded the game-winning goal in the 21st minute to seal the 1-0 victory. With the win, Liberty captured its record-tying fifth Big South Championship and punched its ticket to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
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