Ladies Earn Split in El Paso
Sunday, August 31, 2003

EL PASO, TX--The Centenary Ladies soccer program kicked off its season by splitting a pair of games in El Paso, Tex., over Labor Day weekend. The Ladies dropped their opener to Northern Iowa 2-1 on Friday before bouncing back to defeat Texas-El Paso by the same score on Sunday.

The Ladies got off to a slow start against Northern Iowa as they managed only two shots in the first half. However, no damage had been done as the Panthers could not get on the board and the teams were knotted at 0-0 at the intermission.

UNI's Jessica Iseman broke the scoreless drought by posting two goals within a six-minute span to give the Panthers the lead with only 17 minutes to play. Centenary responded quickly when Sam Savage banged home a centering pass from Ashley Bouillion, but it was not enough as time expired.

Game two brought better fortunes for the Ladies as the team made due with very little. Centenary was outshot during the contest by the tune of 24 to 8 by Texas-El Paso and the Miners earned ten corner kicks compared to just one for the Ladies.

UTEP got the scoring started in the first half at the 22:16 mark on a goal by Ann Birchall. The Ladies stood their ground in the second half and scored just 35 seconds in when Ashlee Mantooth found Rebecca Swilley for her first collegiate goal.

Less than six minutes later, Mantooth converted on her first goal of the year off a pass from freshman Heather Kasparek. The goal at the 51:30 mark proved to be the game-winner.