Hilsher Ties Centenary Single Season Saves Mark
Sunday, October 16, 2005

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Ali Hilsher

Bre Fletcher

Rachel Alexander

Sarah Balkey

SHREVEPORT – Sophomore Ali Hilsher tied the year-old record of 118 saves in a season as the Centenary women’s soccer team dropped a non-conference match to visiting Stephen F. Austin 1-0.  Hilsher collected eight saves on the day in just under 50 minutes of work.


Hilsher’s 118 saves on the year tie her with Lindsey Stafford, who broke her own 2003 record of 113 a year afterwards.  With five matches left to play, Hilsher has ample opportunity to make sure any future keeper has a difficult time taking her name out of the Centenary record books.  She also holds the record for saves in a game with 17, a feat she has recorded twice this season.


After a scoreless first half, Centenary (5-10-1) had their best opportunity to jump on the board in the 71st minute as freshman Bre Fletcher had a breakaway one on one chance with SFA keeper Natascia Michalezki.  Looking to put the Ladies up one, Fletcher tried to power her shot past the diving keeper, but Michalezki successfully cut off her angle and smothered the ball for the save.


The Ladies had another scoring opportunity taken away from the LadyJacks just over three minutes later.  Rachel Alexander found herself on a run with no one between her and the keeper, but was pushed down from behind by SFA’s Keyli Townsend who received a yellow card for her actions.  Alexander would miss the ensuing free kick wide left.


SFA (11-3-0) would take advantage of the pair of Ladies letdowns in the 77th minute, as Summer Bradfield fed a long pass down the right side to Amanda Alders, who then beat two Centenary defenders for the game-winning goal.


Centenary played behind the strong defense of Hilsher and freshman Sarah Balkey in goal, who together grabbed 13 saves on the day.  Outshot 34-10, Centenary kept themselves in the game by forcing the LadyJacks into taking many long range, low percentage shots.


The Ladies remain home this weekend as the host Southern Utah on Friday and Nicholls State on Sunday.