The Liberty women's soccer team advanced in the Big South Women's Soccer Championship, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, defeating No. 8 seed Radford Highlanders, 2-0.
The No. 1 seeded Lady Flames (13-4-1, 8-1-1 Big South) will now square off with No. 4 seed Campbell, Friday at 4:30 p.m., at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. The Camels defeated No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb, 1-0, in double overtime, earlier this afternoon.
The defending Big South champions received goals from junior midfielders Brittany Aanderud and Madison Kauzlarich on the day. Forwards Crystal Elmers, Jennifer Knoebel, Alanna Dunkle as well as Aanderud were all credited with assists. Aanderud's assist was the 24th of her career, adding to her program record.
Goalkeeper and Big South Defensive Player of the Year Holly Van Noord earned her ninth shutout of the season, making three saves. The netminder extends her program record for career shutouts to 23. Radford's goalkeeper Katie McCormick played the full 90 minutes, making five saves.
Liberty outshot Radford, 19-7, including 7-3 on goal. The Lady Flames also held a 7-4 advantage on corner kicks.
Aanderud lit up the scoreboard for Liberty in the 37th minute. Knoebel passed it into the 18-yard box to Elmers, who was located in front of the goalkeeper. Elmers then dished it back to Aanderud, who blasted it into the back of the net from 10 yards out, giving the Lady Flames a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. Aanderud's goal marks her sixth of the season, tying her with Elmers for the team lead.
In the second half, Radford tried to even things up in the 57th minute. The Highlanders' Kara Wade attempted a shot directly in front of the goal frame, but Van Noord was there to deflect the ball, keeping Radford off the board.
Kauzlarich added the insurance goal for Liberty in the 68th minute. After a cross from Aanderud to Dunkle, the senior forward quickly flicked a pass near the top of the 18-yard box to Kauzlarich. The junior then drove into the box and booted a shot, which bounced into the right side of the net, sealing the 2-0 final with her fifth goal on the year.