Junior forward Aimee Luurtsema was named the ECAC and Big South Attacking Player of the Week for tallying four goals, one assist and nine points in a 6-3 win over UNC Asheville last Wednesday.
Aimee Luurtsema's stellar performance in a 6-3 win over UNC Asheville last week did not go unnoticed, as the Liberty women's soccer forward has garnered two weekly honors.
This afternoon, Luurtsema was announced as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Big South Attacking Player of the Week. The junior's Big South honor is her second this season.
Luurtsema shook up the program record books in Liberty's game against UNC Asheville last Wednesday, finishing with four goals, one assist and nine points. In addition, she netted the game-winning marker for the Lady Flames, propelling them to a 6-3 decision over the Bulldogs. The junior's quartet of tallies tied Nancy Davis' facility record, which was originally set against Howard on Nov. 4, 1999. Luurtsema's goal and point total also tied program records for the most goals and points in a single contest.
Luurtsema joined Robin Ingalls (1988), Jenice Oliveras (1991) and Davis (1999) as the only Lady Flames ever to score four goals in a game. Ingalls is also the only other player in school history to post nine points in a contest. According to the most recent NCAA statistics, Luurtsema is just the second Division I women's soccer player to register nine points and the eighth to net four goals in a single game this season.
The Grandville, Mich., native leads the Lady Flames with 13 goals and 31 points this season, ranking her 14th and 15th nationally in each category. The junior is also second in the conference in goals and points and tied for fourth in assists with five this season. Heading into this week's Big South Championship, Luurtsema is tied for second in the program's annals for the most goals in a single season and is third on Liberty's single-season points listing.
Luurtsema's first Big South weekly honor occurred on Sept. 21, when she finished the previous week with a combined five goals, two assists and 12 points in games against Southern Virginia (Sept. 15) and Howard (Sept. 17).
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation's largest athletic conference, consisting of 88 Division I schools primarily along the East Coast. Along with the Big South, the ECAC also features members from such conferences as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), BIG EAST, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and the Ivy League.
The No. 6 seed Lady Flames are set to take the field against No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina Thursday in Game 3 of the 2010 Big South Championship. Game time is slated for 4:30 p.m. at Radford's Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium in Radford, Va.
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