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Van Noord, Habuda Named to NSCAA All-Southeast Region Team

December 5, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord and midfielder Isabella Habuda have been named to the 2016 NSCAA All-Region team.

Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord and midfielder Isabella Habuda have been named to the 2016 NSCAA All-Region team.

Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord and midfielder Isabella Habuda have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region team. Both players were named to the second team.

Van Noord receives her fourth selection to the regional team and is one of two Liberty players in program history to receive multiple all-region selections. She is the only Lady Flame to earn all-region honors four times. Meanwhile, Habuda garners her first.

Van Noord was named to the all-region second team for second time during her career. The Hudsonville, Mich., native finished a stellar career as the Big South and Liberty all-time leader with 41 shutouts and the program leader with a 0.79 career goals-against average. The redshirt senior also finished her time at Liberty second on the program's all-time list with 407 career saves.

Van Noord was voted the Big South Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career in 2016. She garnered her fourth consecutive Big South All-Conference team honor, earning a first team selection. The goalkeeper also was named to the Big South All-Tournament team after helping Liberty capture its third conference title in the last four seasons with a 2-1 overtime win over High Point.

Van Noord led the Big South Conference in 2016 with a 0.85 goals-against average and in save percentage with a .866 save percentage over 1,805 minutes between the posts. Her first of eight shutouts on the season and 34th of her career, a 1-0 blanking of James Madison on Sept. 4, set a new Big South Conference record for shutouts. In addition, the goalkeeper backstopped a school record seven consecutive shutouts by the Lady Flames and the longest winning streak in program history of eight games, this past season.

Habuda made quite an impact during her first year at Liberty. The junior earned Big South Conference All-Conference first team honors, leading the Big South Conference and Lady Flames in goals and points. Habuda scored 10 goals and added five assists to pace the conference with 25 points. She finished the year ranked fifth on the program's single season list in both categories.

The Belle River, Ontario, native scored a goal in seven out of Liberty's last 10 games of the year, including the first marker in the Big South title game. During the span, Liberty won a program-high eight consecutive matches.

Liberty finished 2016 with a 14-8 overall record and a 7-2 Big South Conference mark. Under first-year head coach Nate Norman, the Lady Flames captured a Big South record sixth women's soccer title with a 2-1 overtime victory over High Point on Nov. 6 at Bryant Park in Greensboro, N.C.