Ladies Soccer Signs Seven for 2004-05 Campaign
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Shreveport—Centenary Ladies soccer coach Chase Wooten has wasted little time as the newly promoted coach has announced the signing of seven players for the 2004-05 school year. The new signees include; Rachel Alexander, Cori Dullnig, Ali Hilsher, Jenny Mather, Anna Pendergast, Tara Sageser, and Neelou Shekarabi. The new recruits look to add to a Centenary team that finished third in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2003 with a 10-7-3 mark (3-2-1 Mid-Con).

Alexander (Bossier City, La.) ranks second in the nation for career goals scored with 234 while playing at Parkway High School. She was named All-District, All-City, and All-State in each of her four seasons at the prep level and was twice named district MVP.

Dullnig (San Antonio, Tex.) collected 18 goals and 18 assists as a defender while playing for Clark High School. She was selected as the defensive MVP at the Woodlands Tournament and first team All-District in 2003. Dullnig was also a member of the All-Greater San Antonio Super Team and was a KSAT TV Scholar Athlete of the Week.

“Rachel is a natural goal scorer and is very clever with the ball at her feet while Cori has great speed and can serve a ball with tremendous pace,” said Wooten.

Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla.) was a four-time All-District goalkeeper at Washington High School and was the Ladies’ first verbal commitment of the 2004-05 recruitng class. She was also a member of the Oklahoma ODP team, the Bishop Kelley All-Tournament Team, and was selected as the team MVP.

Mather (Cedar Park, Tex.) played two seasons at defender for Leander High School before deciding to focus on playing in the club ranks with the Capitals Soccer Club. She also ran cross country and track at the prep level.

“Ali is very athletic and technically sound in goal and a very good leader,” said Wooten. “She will come in and challenge for a starting position as a freshman. Jenny is a quick player that is a solid defender and a great ball winner.”

Pendergast (Baton Rouge, La.) has scored 22 goals this season while playing midfield for Episcopal High School. She has four letters in basketball, four golden gloves in softball, and was the state volleyball MVP as a junior. In the Dec. 2003 edition of Sports Illustrated, Pendergast was featured as the Louisiana All-American teen.

Sageser (Austin, Tex.) earned All-District accolades while at Bowie High School after her freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons. She also received team honors in the areas of Newcomer and Offensive Player of the Year. She was twice a team captain and MVP for the Capitals Soccer Club as well as a member of the South Texas ODP team.

“Anna maybe one of the most athletic players that we have had in quite some time. Her speed is off the charts,” said Wooten. “Tara will give us the creativity in an attacking role next year that we really need. She is a player that will score from anywhere and leave her opponents in awe.”

Shekarabi (Spring, Tex.) was a three-year letter-winner at Klein High School where she was twice an honorable mention All-District selection. She was also selected the team defensive MVP by her teammates.

“Neelou is a very quick and hard working midfielder that can literally go up and down the field for 90 minutes. Her speed will allow her to be a versatile player for us,” said Wooten.

Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 890 undergraduates and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.