Freshman Midfielder Brittany Aanderud
After finishing in sixth place in the conference standings, the Liberty women's soccer team (11-7-2, 5-4-2 Big South) is headed to Farmville, Va., on Saturday for the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big South Championship. With first-round matchups taking place at campus sites, the No. 6 seed Lady Flames will square off with No. 3 Longwood. Liberty holds a 6-4-2 advantage in the all-time series between the two squads. The Lady Flames look to upset Longwood on its home field after the Lancers edged Liberty this past Tuesday at the East Campus Fields, 1-0. Game time for Saturday's rematch is slated for 6 p.m. How to Follow the Lady Flames Live stats will be available on LibertyFlames.com, by clicking the appropriate links on the women's soccer schedule/results panel. Live stats will be provided by the Longwood media relations office. A live video stream will also be available for a nominal fee. A Look at Liberty Looking to remain unbeaten on the East Campus Fields, Tuesday afternoon, the Liberty women's soccer team hosted Longwood in both squads' regular-season finale. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, a penalty kick in the 18th minute proved costly, as the Lancers took the contest, 1-0. With the defeat, Liberty closes out the regular season at 11-7-2 overall and 5-4-2 in the Big South. The Lady Flames finish the year 6-3-2 at home, holding a 5-1-2 mark at the East Campus Fields. Goalkeeper Karen Blocker closed out the regular season second in the conference in goals-against average (0.73), save percentage (.842) and most shutouts (9).The Bowie, Md., native is the program's record holder in career shutouts with 20, surpassing the previous record of 15 set by Natalie Mayer (2001-2004) earlier this season. Blocker's shutout total on the year also ties her with Mayer for the most shutouts by a Liberty goalkeeper in a single-season. In addition to being No. 2 all-time on Liberty's career saves list with 333 stops, Blocker is also on pace to end her career with the best goals-against average (1.34) in program history. Freshman forward Jaime Bouffard leads the Lady Flames with 12 points on five goals and two assists, followed by Helena Pereira with five goals for a total of 10 points. Freshman midfielder Brittany Aanderud is pacing Liberty with five assists. Liberty is second in the conference in goals-against average (0.73) and fewest goals allowed (15). Longwood at a Glance The Lancers closed out the regular season with a 13-5-1 record overall and an 8-2-1 mark in its first year of conference play. Kelsey Pardue leads Longwood with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Kelsey McDonald has three goals and three assists for the Lancers, while Lindsey Ottavio has two goals and five assists on the year. Kyra Byron has appeared in the net in 18 contests for Longwood and is third in the conference in goals-against average (0.78), save percentage (.833) and shutouts (8). Head Coach Jessica Hain Jessica Hain is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Lady Flames. Coming into the tournament, Hain has a career record of 40-44-13. In 2009, she earned Big South Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first coach in Big South history to take a last place team to first place the following season. Liberty's All-Time Marks in Big South Championship The Lady Flames are 15-8-5 all-time in the Big South Championship, capturing titles in 2000, 2001 and 2005. Liberty is currently tied with Radford for most tournament wins and is third all-time behind the Highlanders (4) and High Point (4) with three championships. Last season, Liberty advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year. Tied at 1-1 in the overtime of a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed High Point, Helena Pereira netted a golden goal to give the No. 5 seed Lady Flames the 2-1 victory. Liberty then faced No. 1 seed Radford, falling to the Highlanders, 4-1. Radford went on to claim its fourth Big South Championship with a 1-0 victory over Campbell. The Lady Flames' most common opponents in the tournament have been Charleston Southern (2-1-1), High Point (3-1) and UNC Asheville (2-0-2). The Lady Flames have also played Radford (2-1), Coastal Carolina (2-0), Winthrop (0-1-1), Gardner-Webb (0-0-1) and former conference members UMBC (0-3), Elon (2-1), Howard (1-0), Towson (0-1) and Birmingham Southern (1-0). Lady Flames and the Big South Championship The Lady Flames captured their third Big South Championship by winning the 2005 Big South Women's Soccer Championship. By winning in the finals, Liberty also won its 11th tournament contest overall. Liberty's other titles came in 2000 and 2001. In 2006, the team won two games to extend its tournament win total to 13. With quarterfinal victories in each of the last two years, the Lady Flames now have 15 wins in Big South Championship play. With their appearance in 2006, the Lady Flames have played in five conference finals, posting a 3-1-1 record. Liberty made three straight trips to the Big South final from 1999 to 2001. Liberty fell in its first appearance in the title game in 1999, 3-2, in overtime to Elon. The following year, the Lady Flames claimed their first championship with a 2-0 victory over Elon and then made it back-to-back titles with another 2-0 title-game win over the Phoenix in 2001. Liberty returned to the title game in 2005 and added its third trophy since 2000, with a 3-0 victory over UNC Asheville. Looking Ahead The winner of Saturday's contest will head to Winthrop's Eagle Field in Rock Hill, S.C., for a meeting with the winner of Game 4, between No. 2 Radford and No. 7 Campbell, next Friday. Game time for the semifinals matchup is slated for 7 p.m. The championship game will take place at Eagle Field on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.
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