Liberty women's soccer goalkeeper Holly Van Noord closed out her stellar Liberty career by being named the 2016 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and selected to her fourth NSCAA All-Southeast Region team. As a first team all-conference team member, Van Noord led the Big South Conference in 2016 with a 0.85 goals-against average and in save percentage with a .866 save percentage over 1,805 minutes between the posts. Van Noord's first of eight shutouts on the season and 34th of her career, a 1-0 blanking of James Madison on Sept. 4, set a new Big South Conference record for shutouts. The Hudsonville, Mich., native finished her career as the Big South and Liberty all-time leader with 41 shutouts and the program leader with a 0.79 career goals-against average. The redshirt senior also finished her time at Liberty second on the program's all-time list with 407 career saves.
Not only does Van Noord have a passion on the field playing soccer, but she also has passion in woodworking. Learning from watching her grandpa in his shop at his house, Van Noord found a new hobby and learned to build pieces of furniture that too would leave a legacy like her play on the soccer field.
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