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Liberty Welcomes FGCU to Osborne Stadium, Friday

September 15, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Welcomes FGCU to Osborne Stadium, Friday

After an impressive win over George Washington on Sunday, the Liberty women's soccer team returns to action Friday for a meeting with Florida Gulf Coast at 4 p.m., at Osborne Stadium.

The Lady Flames look to secure their fifth straight win for the first time since the 2013 season. Meanwhile, the Eagles hope to return to the win column after a setback versus UCF, Sunday.

Friday's matchup marks the first between the two squads. Following the contest, the Liberty men's soccer team will host American at 7 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 LibertyFlames.com. In-game Twitter updates can also be seen by following @LUGameDay.

A Look at the Lady Flames
The Liberty women's soccer team put together one of its best performances of the season, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, defeating previously undefeated George Washington, 2-0.

The freshmen tandem of Gabrielle Farrell and Sierra Lam struck again for the second consecutive Sunday. Farrell posted the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute off an assist from Lam. Junior forward Isabella Habuda also found the back of the net for the second time this season, courtesy of a Farrell helper.

The Liberty defense stood firm throughout the contest, holding George Washington's leading scorer Mackenzie Cowley (six goals) scoreless. Redshirt senior goalkeeper and Big South Defensive Player of the Week Holly Van Noord collected one save for her 36th career shutout, adding to her school and conference record.

With the win, Liberty moved to 4-3, earning its fourth straight victory. The Lady Flames are now 3-2 all-time versus George Washington, handing the Colonials (6-1), who were receiving votes in the NSCAA Coaches Poll, their first loss of the season.

After a week in which she had a game-winning goal and two assists, Farrell was named the Big South Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week. The Langhorne, Pa., native has two goals on the year, sharing the team lead with Habuda. Farrell's two game-winning markers also ties her for second in the conference. Lam paces the team and is fourth in the Big South with three helpers.

Van Noord enters Friday's contest needing four saves to surpass former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12, 339 saves) for the No. 2 spot on Liberty's all-time career saves list. This season, the netminder is first in the Big South in save percentage (.830), second in total saves (39) and third in goals against average (1.17). Van Noord is also tied for the conference lead with three shutouts.

Florida Gulf Coast at a Glance
The Eagles will step onto the field at Osborne Stadium sporting a 3-4 record after alternating wins and losses through the first seven games. Prior to suffering a narrow 4-3 defeat at home to UCF on Sunday, FGCU picked up a 1-0 win on the road at Miami, last Thursday. In addition, the Eagles also have 1-0 victories over FIU and UC Davis.

Freshman forward Tabby Tindell leads the Eagles with four goals and two assists on the year, followed by redshirt senior midfielder Ali Rogers, who has two goals and one assist. Freshman forward Emilie Olsen and junior midfielder Meaghan Mulligan.

Goalkeeper Melissa Weck has played every single minute in the net for FGCU, this season. The freshman has a goals-against average of 1.12 (8 goals allowed) and a save percentage of .771 (27 saves). Weck's three wins this year have all resulted in a shutout.

Looking Ahead
The Lady Flames hit the road again for a clash with VCU on Sunday. Last season, Liberty hosted the Rams, winning the contest in overtime thanks to a goal by Madison Kauzlarich (Sept. 13, 2015). Game time for Sunday's meeting in Richmond, Va., is slated for 6 p.m.