On Monday evening, Liberty redshirt freshman goalkeeper Holly Van Noord was the recipient of the FLAMESPY Award for Female Rookie Athlete of the Year, honoring her first season on the field for the Lady Flames in 2013.
Van Noord's strong play in net this season played a significant role in Liberty capture the 2013 Big South Women's Soccer Championship, the fourth title in program history. Liberty finished the season with a 16-6-1 record, tying the program record for victories in a season.
Van Noord made a statement in 2013, breaking a single-season school and conference record with 14 shutouts. A second team Big South All-Conference and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region third team selection, Van Noord also led the conference in goals-against average (0.718) and save percentage (.850).
The netminder concluded the year 23rd in the country in save percentage and 31st in goals-against average. On Sept. 9, Van Noord was named Big South and ECAC Player of the Week for her pair of shutout performances against Drexel and Saint Joseph's.
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