Liberty Women's Soccer Win Big South Title

From Big South Sports:

CONWAY, S.C. - No. 2 Liberty forward Geena Swentik scored a pair of goals, while Brittany Aanderud and Alanna Dunkle each dished out a pair of assists to lead the Lady Flames to the 5-0 win over No. 1 Radford in the Championship match of the 2013 Big South Women's Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Sunday at the CCU Soccer Field on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The win secured Liberty's first Big South Women's Soccer Championship since 2005 and is the Lady Flames' fourth championship overall.

With the win, Liberty receives the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

Liberty took the 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Aanderud took the ball and dribbled to the top of the 18 and fired low shot into the left-center of the goal.

The Lady Flames scored again five minutes later to extend their lead to 2-0. Dunkle served up a looping cross deep in the box on the left hand side of the goal. Swentik followed the ball across the mouth of the goal and one-timed the ball into the goal on the right side.

Liberty tacked on another score in the 54th minute to push its lead to 3-0. Aanderud got the play going with a pass up the right side. Dunkle sent a cross through the box and found the foot of Swentik who placed the ball into the right side of the goal.

The Lady Flames took the 4-0 lead 73rd minute. Rebecca Smith was unmarked as Aanderud played a ball into the box. Smith turned on the ball and blasted a high shot that found the back of the net on the right side.

Liberty capped off the scoring in the 85th minute to take the 5-0 win as Julia Delattia fired a laser in the back of the net from point blank.

Liberty posted 19 shots in the contest, while Radford finished the game with 14. Liberty keeper Holly Van Noord notched six saves in the contest as Radford goalkeeper Che' Brown turned away eight Liberty attacks.

Liberty improves to 16-5-1, while Radford ends its season at 15-3-2.


Liberty Head Coach Jessica Hain

"I would like to congratulate Radford on a great season and a great run in the tournament. I thought we executed our game plan and fought really hard. We defended very well and I feel that was the key to today's game."

Radford Head Coach Ben Sohrabi

"All the credit goes to Liberty and its coaching staff. They played an great game and were well prepared to play for a championship. This does not define our season or our seniors. This group broke a lot of records and they have had a great career. We love them and wish them well."

All-Tournament Team

Brittany Aanderud, Liberty (MVP)

Alanna Dunkle, Liberty

Geena Swentick, Liberty

Casey Norris, Liberty

Stephanie Herb, Radford

Sydney Golden, Radford

Julie Ruh'e, Radford

Taylor Parker, High Point

Jenny Marshall, High Point

Megan Pritts, Winthrop

Okina Crawley, Winthrop

Sydney Fontenot, Presbyterian College

Rylie Johnson, Coastal Carolina

Kelsey Pardue, Longwood

Allie Lewis, Charleston Southern