The Liberty women's soccer team will begin its Big South title defense in New York as they begin the 2017 season on the road against Wagner College. The matchup against the Seahawks will be the first of nine non-conference matches for the Lady Flames.
The Lady Flames will look to defend its Big South title as they have been selected first in the Big South Preseason Poll. Liberty is seeking its third straight Big South title and in 2017 they welcome head coach Lang Wedemeyer. The first year head coach comes from a 17-year stint at South Dakota State where they made the NCAA College Cup four times.
After traveling to Staten Island, N.Y. the Lady Flames will head back home to close out opening weekend with a matchup against in-state opponent, VCU, at Osborne Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Despite having its third head coach in three straight seasons, the Lady Flames looks for its third straight Big South title in as many years. Liberty is looking to become the first school in Big South Conference history to win back-to-back-to-back Big South titles. At the beginning of August, the Lady Flames were picked to finish first in the Big South Preseason Poll.
Coach Wedemeyer will have plenty of weapons on offense at his disposal in his first season at Liberty. In 2016, Liberty ranked No. 36 in the country scoring 41 goals. Of the 41 goals scored last season, Liberty returns seven of the nine players that scored and 38 of the 41 goals posted. After scoring the most goals in the Big South, Liberty returns four players (Gabrielle Farrell, Isabella Habuda, Devon Jones, Jennifer Knoebel) that recorded seven or more goals, led by Habuda with 10 goals.
Liberty wrapped up a successful preseason where they competed in two exhibition matches. Seven days into preseason, the Lady Flames traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech. The Lady Flames held their own, forcing a 1-1 tie against the Hokies in the exhibition match. After allowing a goal in the 39th minute, Liberty did not yield another goal to Virginia Tech and Sarah Erickson was able to provide the equalizer with 12.4 seconds left in the match.
To conclude its preseason schedule, Liberty hosted George Mason. The Lady Flames' offense was on display scoring three goals and providing another thriller late in the game. With one second left on the clock, Isabella Habuda was able to get off a shot that ended in the back of the net to give Liberty the 3-2 win over George Mason.
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