Before heading to Sweden to begin her professional soccer career, Liberty women's soccer senior midfielder Brittany Aanderud sat down with LFSN's Game On to talk about the next chapter of her life.
In February, Aanderud signed with Tierps IF of Sweden becoming the first Lady Flame in program history to compete professionally. 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.
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 player 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.
Aanderud will join Campbell forward and Big South Attacking Player of the Year Ashley Clark, who also 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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