Lady Demons Down Centenary in Ladies Soccer Home Opener
Wednesday, September 7, 2005


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Box Score


Lauren Mills

Bre Fletcher

Sarah Balkey

Ali Hilsher

Head Coach
Chase Wooten

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team fell to visiting in-state rival Northwestern State 2-1 in the 2005 home opener at Mayo Field.  The match was the first of three home contests for the Ladies in the next five days.

 

After battling back-and-forth with strong attacks at each end and very little midfield play, Northwestern State (3-1) put the first goal on the board in the 26th minute.  Lady Demon Mya Walsh sailed a crossing pass parallel to the back line to a waiting Natalie Waguespack in front of the net, who then tapped the ball past Ladies keeper Sarah Balkey.

 

Centenary (2-3) looked to get even, as junior Lauren Mills’ header drove just wide right off a free kick 30 yards out by Rachel Alexander in the 33rd minute.  Mills wouldn’t go home without a goal though, scoring at the 60:47 mark off a corner kick from Ladies leading scorer Bre Fletcher.

 

Fletcher almost had the chance to even the match herself 12 minutes earlier, as she tore down the center of the pitch past the lone Lady Demon defenseman and tapped the ball past the diving NSU keeper.  As everyone gave chase to finish off the play, the ball slowly trickled just left of the goal post out of bounds to an audible groan from the Centenary cheering section.

 

Despite the Mills and Fletcher connection to even the match at 1-1, the Lady Demons pushed right back as Waguespack picked up an assist to go with her goal from a corner kick of her own in the 67th minute, which would end up being the game-winner.

 

In goal, Centenary keepers Balkey and Ali Hilsher played strong, collecting four and six saves respectively in 45 minutes of action each.

 

“Our team played very well out there tonight,” Centenary head coach Chase Wooten said after the match. “We made a few costly mistakes, but that will happen from time to time.  This was a game that could have gone either way, and although the loss frustrates us, it puts us in a great position for our upcoming games this weekend against Texas State and Southern Miss.”

 

The Ladies host Texas State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Southern Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m., both at Mayo Field.