March 19, 2013
The fifth member of Vanderbilt women's soccer's 2013 signing class is an elite goalkeeper from the state of Texas: Olivia Liebman.
Olivia Liebman has been rated as one of the top five goalkeepers in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer. The four-star prospect was tabbed as the No. 45 overall player in the country on the site's IMG Academy 150, which lists her as the No. 2 soccer player in all of Texas.
Liebman has played two seasons for coach Zach Pope at St. Andrew's Episcopal. She was an honorable-mention all-district selection as a freshman before taking a two-year hiatus from competing at the high school level to focus on club endeavors.
Playing for coach James Armstrong on one of the strongest ECNL teams in the country, Lonestars 95G, Liebman has enjoyed club success. In 2010, that side placed second at the ECNL Nationals. The previous year, her Lonestars team had won the Disney Showcase.
On top of her athletic achievements, Liebman also has excelled in the classroom. At St. Andrew's, Liebman is an honor roll student and has earned the Academic Excellence award twice.
Personal: Olivia Kate Liebman... Born May 5, 1995, in Minneapolis, Minn.... Daughter of Cara and Paul Liebman... Has one older sister, Hannah... Plans to major in business marketing at Vanderbilt.
Coach Greene on Liebman:
"Olivia comes to us as one of the top rated goalkeepers in the country for the class of 2013. Over the last three or four years, when you talk about the best goalkeepers in this country, Olivia's name was always in that conversation. She came to our camp a couple summers ago and Sebastian [Vecchio] had the opportunity to train her. Her commitment to Vanderbilt was huge for our program, setting a framework that let other players know what caliber of athlete we expect to put on the field each year.
"Olivia is a great shot-stopper. She's strong in the air and only getting stronger. She is excellent with her feet and has the presence in goal that you want: very vocal, very confident. We know that Olivia is the type of goalkeeper that will give our team confidence when we're on the field.
"If she comes in fit and trains well this summer, we would look for her to battle right away for minutes in the goal. Alexa [Levick] has obviously done a great job for us when she's been healthy, and Shannon Morrish stepped in last year and did a good job filling in for Alexa, but Olivia has an opportunity to come in and challenge both of them."