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Soccer Begins Big South Title Defense at Home

September 21, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The quest for a three-peat in the Big South Conference for Liberty begins with Gardner-Webb in the Lady Flames first conference match of the season.

To prepare for the Big South schedule, Liberty put themselves through one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the program's history facing eight opponents with winning records. In the first five weeks of the season, Liberty made six road trips that totaled 6,456.8 miles and included six flights and six bus rides. The Lady Flames were picked to finish first in the Big South Preseason Poll. Liberty and High Point were the only two teams to receive first-place votes. 

Liberty went 7-2 last year in the Big South during the regular season and one of the losses came against Gardner-Webb. In that match, the Bulldogs outshot Liberty 15-11 and limited the Lady Flames to just three shots on goal to pull out the 1-0 victory in Boiling Springs, N.C. 

Liberty Notables

  • Liberty has had eight different starting lineups in nine games this season.

  • Devon Jones ranks No. 8 in the Big South in shots per game (2.12).

  • Liberty is tied for fourth in goals scored in the Big South (8).

  • Isabella Habuda ranks No. 4 in the Big South with three assists.

  • Freshman goalkeeper, Melody Jayroe, ranks fifth in the Big South in goals against average (1.40).

  • Liberty has not had two ties in a season since 2012.

  • Liberty looks for its third straight Big South title, which would be a first in Big South history.

  • Jennifer Knoebel was named the Big South Preseason Attacking Player of the Year.

  • Jennifer Knoebel ranks No. 3 in Liberty history with 55 career points.

  • Jennifer Knoebel ranked No. 94 in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 list.

  • For the third straight season, Liberty has a new head coach.