Hurricane Fay Can't Stop Ladies
Monday, August 25, 2008

ITTA BENA, Miss. – A first half goal by freshman Chelsea Granger put the Centenary (1-0) women’s soccer team up for good and it never looked back. The Ladies defeated Mississippi Valley State on Sunday afternoon, 2-0, while being hammered by strong winds and downpours from Hurricane Fay.

Granger scored the first period goal off of a deflected pass and then dribbled the ball past the diving MVSU (0-2) goalkeeper, Jordan Thomas. However, it wasn’t all offense in the half, as freshman stopper Deb Hill made three saves.

As Fay continued to drop rain and blow strong winds, one goal seemed to be all Centenary needed, as the defense continued to play tough. But with just under 15 minutes left sophomore Katie Valdez scored her first collegiate goal off of a pass from classmate Candace Rushing.

In the second half, the Ladies took 11 shots with three landing on goal. The Centenary defense, meanwhile, allowed MVSU to get seven shots off with five landing on the mark. Even though conditions continued to be tough, Hill played strong by making two diving saves late to preserve the shutout and victory.

Leading the offense for Centenary was Valdez, who had a game-high five shots, while freshmen Ashley Dolezel, Granger and Rushing added three. For MVSU, Apolonia Kukla and Kate Johnston each put three shots up.

The undefeated Ladies will be back in action on Friday at Stephen F. Austin, with the match set to start at 7 p.m.