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Liberty Women's Soccer Announces Additions

April 28, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Spring additions to the Liberty Women's Soccer team

Spring additions to the Liberty Women's Soccer team

Liberty Women's Soccer Interim Head Coach Adam Godwin has announced the addition of six players to the Lady Flames' roster for the upcoming 2008 season.

The additions come through transfer or as walk-ons and participated this spring with the team.

"This is a really good group of players," commented Godwin. "Not only are they players who add a lot to our program from a soccer standpoint, but they are all outstanding people and add so much to the personality and quality of our squad. We're excited the Lord has led these ladies to us, and I have no doubt they will go on to impact our program on several different levels".


Rachel Michener (M, Pottstown, Pa.)

Rachel Michener attended Owen J. Roberts High School, where she served as team captain. In all four years of her high school career, the Wildcats won the PAC 10 league. During her freshman season, Michener's Wildcats won the PIAA Pennsylvania State Championship, and in her junior year, they were state finalists. As a senior, she was selected as a National Scholar All American.

Michener played for the Arsenal World Class Premiere club team, where she was a New Jersey State Champion and regional finalist. She also played club soccer for Pennsylvania Strikers. During the midfielder's time with the squad, the Strikers were two-time state finalists. Michener competed at the Olympic Development Program level for Pennsylvania for five years, where she served as team captain. She was selected for the Region 1 team three years in a row and was selected for the national pool two-straight seasons. The midfielder went on to play collegiate soccer at SMU, where she played outside midfield and outside defender. She appeared in 16 games for the Mustangs.  She transferred to Liberty this spring as a second-semester freshman.

Silvia Betancourt (M, San Jose, Costa Rica)

Silvia Betancourt comes to Liberty from San Jose, Costa Rica. She attended Liceo Laboratorio Emma Gamboa High School, where she served as team captain for the women's soccer team. Silvia played club soccer for Coronado Arsenal, winning a Division 1 National Championship. At age 14, Silvia was selected to play with the U-19 Costa Rica National Team, where she started at center midfield. She has also played with the national U-21 team. Silvia is currently a member of the full Costa Rica Women's National team.

Betancourt has also played basketball since she was seven years old. She played club basketball for UCR and was selected to play for the Costa Rica Women's National Basketball team. Silvia is a first-semester freshman walk-on to the women's soccer team this spring.

Kristi McBrien (M, Richmond, Va.)

McBrien played her club career with FC Richmond Mystx and Richmond Kickers, and was also a four- year letter winner at James River High School. She spent her college freshman year playing for Bluefield College, where she received Appalachian Athletic Conference third-team recognition. McBrien joined the Lady Flames this spring as a sophomore walk-on.

Abby Austin (F, Columbia, S.C.)

Austin is a graduate of Southern Boone County High School, where she served as team captain and was a four-year starter. The forward earned first-team all district honors and was named team MVP her senior year. Austin scored 23 goals and added 17 assists during her junior and senior seasons. Austin joined the Lady Flames as a sophomore walk-on this spring.

Brittany Johnson (D, Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Johnson was a four-year varsity letter winner at Berean Christian High School. A four-year starter, mainly on defense and in the midfield, she was named team captain her senior year, and later was selected the team's MVP. She also earned the school's Athletic Scholar Award each of her four years of high school. Johnson has competed at various levels during her club career, as well as being a member of the Los Angeles Seahorse Soccer Club Japan team in the summer of 2006.

Elia Lake (D, Alexandria, Va.)

Lake transferred to Liberty from Tusculum. During her freshman year as a Lady Pioneer, the defender played in 20 contests, helping lead Tusculum to a NCAA Division II Southeast Regional title and a place in the National Championship Elite Eight. In addition, Tusculum finished the season ranked No. 8 nationally. Lake enrolled at Liberty this past fall, but did not participate due to NCAA transfer rules.