Ladies Fall to Oakland in Mid-Con Home Opener
Sunday, September 21, 2003



Shreveport—The Centenary Ladies soccer team fell in the first-ever Mid-Continent Conference home game in a rain-soaked match. Oakland University, the defending conference champion and preseason favorite in 2003, downed Centenary 1-0 on the historic date.

Oakland (4-3-1, 1-0 Mid-Con) outshot Centenary 17-3 for the match, but managed only one goal in the contest. After a scoreless tie at the half, the Ladies turned the ball over just outside their own goalie box and Marianne Samdal quickly found Shelley Piccirillo to cash in on the mistake at the 63:41 mark.

Centenary (2-5-1, 0-1 Mid-Con) played a strong game and received six saves from keeper Lindsey Stafford on the day. However, the Ladies could not penetrate through the Oakland defense to gain any momentum on offense.

The Ladies best chance to score came in the first half when Oakland keeper Sarah Buckland found herself in a one-on-one situation with Centenary's Rebecca Swilley. Buckland dove and missed as Swilley slipped the ball past the keeper, but the spin was too much as the shot missed the left corner of the goal by inches.

Centenary will travel to play Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday at 4 p.m. The Ladies receive a break from Mid-Con action, as they do not play another conference match until October 12th when Western Illinois comes to Shreveport.