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Liberty Hosts Undefeated George Washington, Sunday

September 10, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Hosts Undefeated George Washington, Sunday

Riding a three-game win streak, the Liberty women's soccer team returns to Osborne Stadium, Sunday at 4 p.m. The Lady Flames will welcome the undefeated George Washington Colonials, who are just one week removed from a 1-0 victory over then No. 17 Arkansas.

The meeting marks the fifth time in six years the two squads have faced each other, with the series currently knotted at 2-2. The Colonials have taken the last two contests, which includes a 1-0 win two seasons ago at Osborne Stadium (Sept. 7, 2015) and a 3-0 victory at GWU Soccer field, last season (Sept. 17, 2015).

Sunday's matchup is also the second half of a soccer double header, as the Flames host Buffalo at 1 p.m.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
A free live video stream will be available courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network and the Big South Network. Live stats powered by StatBroadcast will also be available by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results panel on In-game Twitter updates can also be seen by following @LUGameDay.

A Look at Liberty
The Liberty women's soccer team earned its third straight win, Thursday night, defeating the UNCG Spartans at UNCG Soccer Stadium, 1-0.

Lady Flames' freshman midfielder Anna Roach posted the lone goal of the contest near the end of the first half, receiving assists from redshirt sophomore midfielder Abigail Persson and freshman forward Gabrielle Farrell. The marker for Roach was her first collegiate goal.

With the win, Liberty moved to 3-3 on the season, while the Spartans fell to 3-3-1.

After securing the Big South record for career shutouts on Sunday, Holly Van Noord added to her total with her 35th clean sheet. The redshirt senior collected three saves on the night and now has 335 for her career. The Big South Defensive Player of the Week needs five more to surpass former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12, 339 saves) for the No. 2 spot on Liberty's all-time career saves list. Van Noord leads the Big South in saves with 38 on the season.

Five Lady Flames have one goal apiece this year – Farrell, junior forward Isabella Habuda, Persson, Roach and junior defender Sami Santos. Farrell is the reigning Big South Freshman of the Week after posting Liberty's game-winning goal in the 85th minute of its 1-0 victory over JMU, this past Sunday. Freshman forward Sierra Lam was credited with the assist on the play, helping give the Lady Flames their first-ever victory over the Dukes. Lam and Persson are currently pacing Liberty with two assists each.

George Washington at a Glance
The Colonials enter Sunday's contest sporting an unblemished 6-0 record, with wins over Saint Francis (Pa.) (1-0), Cleveland State (2-1), LSU (3-1), UMBC (1-0), No. 17 Arkansas (1-0) and Delaware (3-0). In the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll, George Washington received the seventh most votes among teams outside the Top 25 with 17.

Forward MacKenzie Cowley leads the Colonials attack with six goals, tying her for sixth in the country in scoring. Brittany Cooper and Olivia Dicristofaro are the main distributors through six games, with each owning two assists.

Goalkeeper Miranda Horn is one of eight netminders in the country who have yet to allow a goal in 2016. The red shirt junior has played all but 43 minutes in between the posts for the Colonials, this season, making 22 saves (1.000 save percentage).

Looking Ahead
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Friday, hosting Florida Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. The matchup marks the first-ever meeting between the squads.