September 14, 2023 : By Liberty Athletics
Liberty University’s women’s soccer team, which hosts Appalachian State University tonight at 6 at Osborne Stadium, received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 rankings for the first time in program history this week, after Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Marshall University improved its record to 7-0.
The Lady Flames (7-0), who have posted a 17-0-3 record over the past 20 games, hold the longest current unbeaten streak among NCAA Division I teams. Liberty, which was coming off a 2-0 shutout win at Marshall on Sunday, received four votes in the coaches’ poll, putting them at No. 29 in the nation. It is one of three teams without a loss or tie this year, along with No. 1-ranked BYU (also 7-0) and No. 4 Florida State (5-0).
The Lady Flames’ last loss came exactly a year before the rankings were released, Sept. 11, 2022, at Pittsburgh, 3-2. They will look to extend their unbeaten streak (10-0-2) at Osborne Stadium, after not losing a home game last season, by evening their all-time record against Appalachian State to 6-6-1.
Senior Ainsley Leja (17-0-3 in her last 20 starts) has played every minute in goal for Liberty this season, allowing just three goals in seven games. She was not tested, however, in the shutout of the Thundering Herd, as the Lady Flames’ defense held their opponent without a shot for the first time since 1992.
Liberty leads Conference USA in shots per game (15.43), shots on goal per game (8.43), corner kicks per game (6.00), and goals-against average (.429) and shutout percentage (.571).
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