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Women's Soccer Set to Face Presbyterian College

October 26, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Women's Soccer Set to Face Presbyterian College

The Liberty women's soccer team returns to action, Thursday, taking on fellow Big South competitor Presbyterian College. Game time at Edens Field is slated for 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Lady Flames conclude the 2011 regular season slate with a matchup against UNC Asheville at noon.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for this week's contests will be available on, by clicking the appropriate link on the women's soccer schedule/results panel. Live stats will be provided by the Presbyterian College and UNC Asheville media relations offices. A live video stream for Thursday's contest versus Presbyterian College will also be made available through the Big South Network.

A Look at the Lady Flames
Liberty currently sits in sixth place in the Big South standings, sporting a 6-7-3 record overall and a 3-4-1 mark in conference action. The Lady Flames posted a valiant effort, Saturday night, against Big South leader Radford. After being down 3-0, Liberty mounted a comeback with goals from Casey Norris and Geena Swenitk. Unfortunately, the Lady Flames were unable to find the equalizer, eventually falling to the Highlanders, 3-2.

Midfielder Silvia Betancourt leads Liberty with four goals on the season, followed by forwards Aimee Luurtsema and Kelly Henion, who have three apiece. Forward/defender Lauren Stell is pacing the Lady Flames in assists with four. Goalkeeper Karen Blocker has started all 16 contests in goal for the Lady Flames and holds a 1.55 goals-against average. The netminder also has 75 saves on the year (.743 save percentage).

A Look at the Blue Hose
Presbyterian College enters Thursday's contest sporting a 3-12-2 overall record and a 1-5-2 posting in conference play. Gracie Boswell leads the Blue Hose offense with three goals and three assists on the season. Goalkeeper Sarah Beth Anderson has started all 16 contests and holds a 2.37 goals-against average and a .725 saves percentage (100 saves).

A Look at the Bulldogs
UNC Asheville currently holds a 4-13 overall record and a 3-5 mark in Big South action. Prior to their contest with the Lady Flames, the Bulldogs will square off with High Point, Thursday at 3 p.m. Amanda Knapp leads the UNC Asheville offense with six goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Heather Muller has started all 17 contests, and currently has a 2.63 goals against average and a .692 save percentage (101 saves).

All-time Series
Heading into Thursday's meeting, Liberty holds a 3-0-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Blue Hose. Last season, the Lady Flames defeated the Blue Hose, 1-0, at Osborne Stadium (Oct. 29, 2010) thanks to a second half goal by Maria Owen.

Liberty leads the all-time series against UNC Asheville with a 12-7-2 mark. During the 2010 campaign, the Lady Flames bested the Bulldogs at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 27, 6-3. Aimee Luurtsema led Liberty with four goals on the afternoon and added an assist to finish the contest with nine points.

Henion Plays Hero
After being down 1-0 to VMI last Thursday, the Lady Flames came back in dramatic fashion, scoring two goals in the final seven minutes. After Lauren Stell gave Liberty the equalizer in the 84th minute, forward Kelly Henion followed up with the game-winning goal in the 90th minute for the 2-1 victory. The goal was Henion's third of the season.

What to Watch For
With 23 career goals, senior midfielder Silvia Betancourt needs just two more markers to surpass Amy Oberlin (2005-08, 24) for second all-time on Liberty's career goals list. One more goal or assist will move the Costa Rican native into sole possession of second place on the program's career points list. Betancourt is currently tied with Oberlin with 54 points.

Climbing the Ladder
In Liberty's contest against Winthrop on Oct. 8, forward Aimee Luurtsema finished with two goals, scoring for the first time since Liberty's season opener against No. 10 Virginia (Aug. 26). The senior is now tied for fifth in program history in both goals (19) and points (47).

During Liberty's 2-1 comeback victory over VMI last Thursday, Madison Short dished out the game-winning assist, lobbing a pass to Kelly Henion, who placed it in the back of the net for the victory. The assist was Short's 11th of her career, placing her third on the program's all-time list for career assists.

More Milestones
Despite tying Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker achieved a milestone with her 10th career shutout. The redshirt junior netminder is now second all-time on Liberty's career shutouts list.

In the Lady Flames' 2-1 win over George Washington on Sept. 23, Blocker recorded her 200th career save. She is currently third all-time on Liberty's career saves list with 237 saves.