Ladies Blank Southern Utah To Earn Sixth Shutout
Friday, October 24, 2003

Shreveport—The Centenary Ladies moved a step closer to securing a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament with a 1-0 blanking of Southern Utah on Senior Night Friday evening at Mayo Field. The shutout was the sixth on the season for the Ladies and keeper Lindsey Stafford.

Centenary (9-7-1, 2-2 Mid-Con) controlled the tempo in the match from the start as the Ladies broke through early for what would prove to be the game-winner in the 23rd minute. Senior Angela Tryba found herself alone on the sideline and drove to the middle of the field where she fed a cutting Rita Coolidge. Coolidge dribbled the ball past one defender and shot by the outstretched arms of SUU keeper Megan Flowers for her third goal on the season.

The Ladies outshot the Thunderbirds 20-6 in the contest and held Southern Utah without a corner kick until the final minutes of the match. Stafford recorded two saves in the winning effort while Tryba, Coolidge, and Mindi Levinski each attempted four shots to pace the offense.

Southern Utah (1-16, 1-4 Mid-Con) could not find a rhythm offensively but did come alive in the final five minutes of play. The Thunderbirds managed several scoring chances on goal as the Centenary defense tired but could not take advantage. Flowers proved to be strong between the pipes for the visitors as she collected eight saves.

Centenary currently holds down the fourth and final spot in the Mid-Con tournament and controls its own destiny with two conference matches remaining. The Ladies will travel to Indianapolis to face IUPUI next Friday before finishing up the regular season at Valparaiso.