Western Illinois Blanks Ladies 2-0 in Season Finale
Friday, November 2, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Western Illinois women’s soccer team moved one step closer to completing the Summit League portion of their schedule undefeated by downing Centenary 2-0 on Mayo Field Friday night. With the win, the Westerwinds improved to 7-0 in conference play with a single match remaining on Sunday at Oral Roberts. The loss wrapped up the Ladies season as they will begin to look towards next year.


Centenary (5-12-2, 0-6-2 Summit) could not get anything going on offense as it managed just three shots, none on goal, in the contest. The Ladies were able to thwart any offensive attack that Western Illinois could muster in the first 45 minutes of action as the opening half ended in a scoreless tie.


Western Illinois (14-2-1, 7-0 Summit) attempted eight shots in the first half, but got off only five shots in the second period. However, two of those five shots would find the net past a diving Ali Hilsher of Centenary.


In the 67th minute, WIU’s Misako Inaba was in the right place at the right time as a pass entered the keeper box. After the pass ricocheted off of several players from both teams, it landed at the feet of Inaba, who drilled it into the upper right-hand corner of the goal.


Carrying a 1-0 lead, and playing with confidence, the Westerwinds struck again 10 minutes later. This time Inaba set up the goal with a pass through the Ladies defense that found Ashley Hoch. Hoch had gotten behind Centenary’s deepest defender and won the one-on-one battle with Hilsher. The Centenary bench staunchly lobbied for an offsides call, but the goal would stand and seal the victory for WIU.


Centenary honored its three seniors before the match and all three contributed in their final game. Hilsher made three saves in 90 minutes of work and Cori Dullnig got off one of the Ladies three shots. Bre Fletcher logged significant time as well in the 73rd match of her career, which moved her into a tie for seventh all-time in career matches played at Centenary.