Ladies Fall to Texas State on the Road
Friday, September 1, 2006

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Junior Ali Hilsher made
six saves in the loss

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- In front of a record crowd of 1,176 at Bobcat Soccer Complex, in San Marcos, Texas, the Centenary women’s soccer team (2-1-0) lost its first game of the season, dropping a 2-0 encounter to Texas State University (1-2-0) Friday.

Missed opportunities doomed the Ladies in their first loss of the season, as Centenary missed several one-on-one opportunities that could have greatly affected the outcome of the two-goal defeat.

Just 10 minutes into the game, senior forward Heather Kasparek (Broken Arrow, Okla./Union) got behind the Bobcat defense. One-on-one with Texas State goalkeeper Brittany Beltramini, Kasparek was unable to finish the breakaway opportunity and give Centenary the early lead.

Junior Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas/Samuel Clemens) also missed a one-on-one with Beltramini in the opening half, keeping the score deadlocked at 0-0 at the intermission.

"If we would have put away our chances (in the first half), it may have been an entirely different second half," Centenary head coach Chase Wooten said of his team’s missed opportunities.

It was in the second half that Texas State was able to capitalize on scoring opportunities deep inside the Centenary penalty area to put the game away.

In the 69th minute, senior Kim Phillips’ shot off the crossbar failed to be cleared from the Ladies box. Opportunistic, freshman Andrea Seledee found the loose ball and was able to strike it past Centenary goalkeeper Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington).

Just 11 minutes following Seledee’s goal, Texas State struck again.

On a counter attack in the 80th minute, junior Angela Crissy took a pass from teammate Lindsay Tippit and was given enough room to bury the ball off the hands of Hilsher and into the back of the net, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead with just 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Centenary was unable to muster another scoring opportunity following Texas State’s second goal, as the final whistle blew with Texas State garnering its first win of the season.

Hilsher made six saves in the loss for Centenary, with Beltramini making two for Texas State in the victory.

Although falling for the first time this season, Wooten said his side did some good things, but overall it wasn’t their best effort.

The Ladies must regroup quickly, as the team travels to Nacogdoches, Texas for a Sunday game against Stephen F. Austin. Game time is set for 2 p.m.