Ladies Shut Out Arkansas State
Sunday, September 17, 2006

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Final Stats

Ashley Caldarola gave Centenary
a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Three points by Ashley Caldarola led the Centenary women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Arkansas State (0-7-1) Sunday at Mayo Field.

Caldarola, a midfielder from San Antonio, scored her first collegiate goal in the 12th minute, giving the Ladies the early 1-0 lead.

After freshman Kristine Weaver (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) split a pair of Arkansas State players with a pass near the right flank, Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas/Samuel Clemens) drove with the ball along the end line. With the ball on her foot, Fletcher played a low cross across the Lady Indians box, finding a cutting Caldarola, who redirected the ball into the top of the net with a one-touch hit from six yards away.

Ahead 1-0 after the first half, Caldarola also had a hand in the Ladies second goal, scored by freshman Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches) in the 65th minute.

Caldarola played a long ball behind the Arkansas State back line, finding a sprinting O’Neal at the top of the Lady Indians box. After gathering the ball and with a defender on her hip, O’Neal struck a low shot into the right corner of the net, scoring her first collegiate goal and extending the Centenary lead to two.

Holding a two-goal lead with more than 20 minutes remaining in regulation, Centenary remained steady on defense, helping junior Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington) preserve the shutout victory, her first shutout of the season.

Arkansas State came close to cutting into the lead in the 75th minute, when sophomore Bernadette Dierker’s shot hit the crossbar, creating a rebound opportunity that was eventually cleared by the Centenary defense.

Shots were in favor of Centenary, 11-9, led by O’Neal’s four.

With the victory ending a six-game losing streak for the Ladies, Centenary head coach Chase Wooten praised his team’s play in the shutout.

"We’ve gone through a lot, we’ve had a lot of injuries and we’re just now starting to get healthy," Wooten said. "We look to be playing some of our best soccer and hopefully that will carry-over into Utah."

Traveling to the state of Utah for its next two games, Centenary faces Southern Utah Thursday and Utah Valley State Saturday.