Ladies Soccer Hosts Summit League Newcomers
Thursday, October 25, 2007

SHREVEPORT – It is down to the final two weeks of the regular season and the Centenary (5-10-1, 0-4-1) women’s soccer team is facing a must-win situation this weekend. The Ladies host South Dakota State (6-4-3, 4-1-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. and North Dakota State (10-6-0, 2-3-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m., and if they want to get into the Summit League Tournament, they have to sweep a pair of conference newcomers. 


South Dakota State has won two in a row and four out of its last five matches. The Jackrabbits one snafu was a 1-0 loss at Western Illinois, while they blanked IPFW 4-0 and defeated Utah Valley State 7-1 during the stretch.


SDSU is led by Kellyn Farrell and Kelsey Worcester, who have each scored five goals. Between the pipes the Jackrabbits have given three goalies equal time, but Nicole Lograsso has made a team-high 53 saves and has allowed just eight goals.


The other conference newbie, North Dakota State, has lost two straight in double overtime, but had won five in a row prior to the losing skid. The Bison lost at rival South Dakota State and at home against Western Illinois, both by 2-1 margins.


Quin Ryan leads the NDSU offense with six goals, while Abbey Stratton has dished off a team-high four assists. The Bison keeper, Monica Morgan, has started all 16 matches and has allowed just 1.23 goals per game with four shutouts.


The Ladies will come into Friday’s match with a bit of momentum after defeating Mississippi Valley State 1-0 on Oct. 18. In its last four defeats, Centenary has lost by just one goal each time.


Sophomore Brittany Brooke O’Neal, who has led the Ladies in goals all season, has six on the year along with a team-best three assists. In her final year, goalkeeper Ali Hilsher has made 75 saves and has allowed just under a goal and a half per match.     


Following the matches this weekend, Centenary will play the regular season finale on Friday, Nov. 2 when it hosts Western Illinois for ‘Senior Day’.