Season Outlook; Ladies Open Play Thursday
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary women's soccer team will open its season this Thursday against Texas College at 5 pm on Mayo Field.

The Ladies (0-0-0) are geared up and ready for the 2011 season and new excitement has been building surrounding new conference opponents and future local rivals. Centenary is slated to play 11 home games this season, all of which will be available on GoCentenary.com via live stats.

Centenary did not play any exhibition games during the preseason, therefore, Thursday's contest will be the first test for the Ladies in competitive play. Head coach Glenn Evans and assistant coach Justin Neese spent much of their preseason focus on ball work and fitness as well as building solid team chemistry.

Centenary rosters four seniors who, combined have a great deal of experience as collegiate soccer players. The four: Candace Rushing, Eren Corapcioglu, Laura Immenschuh and Catlin Orschel each possess both vocal and on-field leadership for Evans' fairly young squad.

"I am very excited about this year. We are looking at the leadership of our four seniors to help guide and direct this program to new heights," said Evans.

The Ladies are fortunate to have a solid and determined freshman class that they can rely on to contribute heavily on the field this year, including goal keeper freshman Brittaney Dunn. The freshman class of nine hails from Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Connecticut and features defense, scoring and keeping under their belts.

"We feel like our freshmen class will do quite well. We have a lot of learning to do, but with preseason preparation over, they have gained a feel of the collegiate style of play to help us as we move forward," said Evans.

Centenary enters the American Southwest Conference as the newest members, joining 14 other soccer programs across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The Ladies were preseason selected to finish ninth in the ASC. Centenary does meet defending NCAA Division III National Champion and ASC foe, Hardin-Simmons on Oct. 8 at home.

"We are tremendously excited about the new year, but with a fear of the unknown. Going into a new conference is a way to grow and establish ourselves as a competitive soccer program," said Evans.

Centenary and Texas College will meet for just the second time in school history. The Ladies defeated TC last year, 1-0, on the road. Fossard picked up the assist in the win.

Following Thursday's game against Texas College, Centenary will return to play on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Millsaps in Jackson, Miss. at 2 pm.