Robbs Leads Ladies in Overtime Win
Sunday, August 27, 2006

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Freshman Stefani Robbs

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Freshman Stefani Robbs scored twice to lead the Centenary women’s soccer team (1-0-0) to a 3-2 overtime win over Sam Houston State (1-1-0) Sunday at Mayo Field.

Down 2-1 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Robbs scored her first of two goals, striking from the right side of the Bearkats penalty area. The Dallas native found herself free near the Sam Houston six-yard box and struck the ball over the hands of Bearkat goalkeeper Melissa Sauceda and into the left-side netting of the goal, sending the game into overtime.

Just four minutes into the overtime period, a deflected ball off the shin of a Bearkat defender found its way onto Robbs foot behind the Sam Houston defense. One-on-one with Sauceda, Robbs tucked the ball into the lower-left corner of the net for the game-winning goal.

Playing her first collegiate game, Robbs -- who ended the game with a total of five points -- felt surprised of the two-goal effort in Sunday’s overtime win.

Centenary opened scoring in the 40th minute when sophomore Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas/Samuel Clemens) connected on a low cross from Robbs. As Robbs drove the cross from near the right touchline, Fletcher crashed the Bearkat net, tipping to cross past Sauceda and into the roof of the goal.

The Ladies held the lead until the 70th minute. In a two-minute span, Centenary conceded two goals, started by a long strike from Bearkat sophomore Monica Madden.

Alone near the top of the Ladies penalty area, Madden had enough room to drive a shot into the top-right corner of the net to tie the game in the 70th minute.

Just a minute following Madden’s goal, Sam Houston took a 2-1 lead on a well-orchestrated combination play by sophomore Racquel Bueno and junior Yoanna Garcia. As Bueno dribbled towards the Centenary net, she dished the ball to Garcia, who then played a give-and-go back to Bueno. The sophomore forward controlled the pass inside the Centenary box and tucked the ball into the lower-left corner of the net past Ladies goalkeeper Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington).

Down a goal, Centenary pressed the Bearkat defense, leading to Robbs’ game-tying goal in the 88th minute.

"We got a little bit lucky, but worked really hard to tie it up," Centenary head coach Chase Wooten said following the game. "Our kids were so focused and determined."

Tactically, Wooten and the Ladies coaching staff moved Robbs from forward to central midfield late into the game and, according to Wooten, it wasn’t until the move that Robbs connected for her first goal in the 88th minute. Robbs led all players with nine shots in the game.

In the win, Hilsher made nine saves for the Ladies. Sauceda also made nine saves for the Bearkats.

Shots were in favor of Centenary, 20-18.

The Ladies begin a four-game roadtrip on Wednesday, traveling to Thibodaux, La. for a 3 p.m. contest against Nicholls State.