Liberty welcomes High Point to town, as the two schools will meet for the first time since the 2016 Big South Championship title game.
The Lady Flames and the Panthers were picked as the top two teams in the Big South Preseason Poll, along with boasting the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honorees in Liberty's Jennifer Knoebel and High Point's Alex Hank. Wednesday's matchup will feature 11 players that were 2016 All-Big South selections. Both teams have had challenging schedules, having faced nationally ranked opponents. Liberty (159) and HPU (152) have two of the three highest RPIs in the conference, combining for 14 games away from home.
Despite ranking ninth in the Big South in goals scored, High Point has displayed a balanced scoring attack with five players recording a goal this season. The Panthers are led by Michele Micciche with a team-high two goals and 15 shots this season. High Point has had four goalkeepers play this season between the pipes led by the Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Alex Hank, posting a 1.57 goals against average.
Liberty has won seven straight Big South home games dating back to Oct. 24, 2015.
Liberty has won six straight regular season games in the Big South.
Goalkeeper Melody Jayroe was named Big South Freshman of the Week
Jayroe ranks second in the Big South in goals against average (1.17).
In nine career games in the Big South, Isabella Habuda has 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists).
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.
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