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Trio of Lady Flames Earn All-State Honors

December 21, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Trio of Lady Flames Earn All-State Honors

Liberty women's goalkeeper Holly Van Noord, midfielder Brittany Aanderud and defender Maddie Boone have been selected to the 2014 VaSID All-State University Division women's soccer team.

Aanderud was voted to the first team for the second straight year. Van Noord, the 2013 VaSID Rookie of the Year, earned second team honors, this season. Boone, Liberty's senior captain, also made the second team.

Voting for the team is conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).  The all-state team honors the best Division I women's soccer players in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Van Noord picked up where she left off this season after a stellar 2013 campaign. The netminder was voted 2014 Big South Defensive Player of the Year, leading the conference in shutouts (9), save percentage (.844) and goals-against average (0.69). A NSCAA all-region second selection, she was also ranked 31st in the country in goals-against average and 33rd in save percentage.

On Oct. 11, Van Noord earned her 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over High Point. The redshirt sophomore surpassed the previous mark of 20 set by former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-12). Van Noord now has 23 shutouts, accomplishing the feat in her first two active seasons.

A Big South first team all-conference and second team NSCAA all-region selection for the second straight year, Aanderud paced the Lady Flames in points (21) on six goals and a conference-leading nine assists. Nationally, the midfielder ranked 44th in total assists and 37th in assists per game.

In Liberty's 8-0 win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 1, Aanderud set a new program record with 21 helpers. The mark surpassed the previous record held by Nancy (Davis) White (1998-2001). Aanderud now has 24 career assists. Through three seasons, Aandeurd has 50 career points, tying her for fifth all-time with Lauren Zealand (1999, 2001, 03-04).

Boone, a Big South second team all-conference selection, continued to be a mainstay for the Liberty defense in 2014. A two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 25 and Oct. 20), Boone helped the team rank in the top 20 in the country in save percentage (.854). The senior also helped the Lady Flames lead the conference in shutouts (10), save percentage, fewest goals allowed (14) and goals-against average (0.67).

Boone finishes her collegiate career with 83 appearances, landing her second all-time behind Casey Norris (84, 2010-13) for the most games played in program history.

The Lady Flames concluded their season at 14-4-2, including an 8-1-1 mark in conference play en route to their third Big South regular season championship in program history. Entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed, Liberty reached the championship final for the second straight year. Squaring off with No. 3 seed High Point, the contest went to penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie. High Point advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4, to capture the 2014 Big South Championship.