Double-Overtime Thrill Sends Ladies Home Victorious
Sunday, September 27, 2009
PINE BLUFF, Ark.-It took a double overtime match for the Centenary women's soccer team to clinch a 3-2 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday in non-conference action.

The Ladies improved to 8-1 on the season with the road victory.

Pine Bluff went up 1-0 on a goal by Rachel Harker two minutes into the match. Little action by either team occured until the Lady Lions netted their second goal thirteen minutes later on a shot by Noah Mithrush.

Down 2-0, Centenary only put up two shots on goal for the remainder of the half, both by sophomore Katie Valdez. While none reached the back of the net, Pine Bluff entered the second half with a solid lead.

The Ladies entered the final 45 minutes of play with back-to-back shots on goal by Valdez and sophomore Ashley Dolezel, but both were saved in goal by Bre-Anne Laypoole.

It wasn't but a few minutes later when another shot by Dolezel hit the post and Valdez sent a shot that was again, saved.

While the chances of netting goal were in Centenary's favor most of the match, the Ladies couldn't overcome an impressive performance by keeper Laypoole.

With fewer than four minutes to play in the match and the Ladies down 2-0, Centenary didn't let up as Valdez stepped up and sank a shot at the 86:36 mark to make it a 2-1 game.

Centenary put up two more shots, but it was Dolezel's attempt at 88:52 on an assist by Valdez that sent the competitive match into its first overtime.

The first 10 minutes ended without a goal, despite the Ladies two shot-on-goal attempts by senior Lauren Stanley and freshman Allison Rucinski.

Not wanting to earn the first tie of the year, freshman Kelly Fossard found the back of the net at 109:22 to send the Ladies home with the victory.

Sophomore keeper Deb Hill was in goal all 109:22 minutes, making four crucial saves. Centenary fired off 25 shots to the Lady Lions' nine.

Valdez led with 10 shots, seven of which were on goal.  Stanley put up four shots, while Fossard and Dolezel had three.

The Ladies will take the field for their Summit League opener against South Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. at Mayo Field.