Ladies Host Mid-Con Leading Valparaiso
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Stefani Robbs is tied for the
Mid-Con lead in goals per game

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team (4-9-0, 0-3-0) hosts Mid-Continent Conference-leading Valparaiso (11-3-0, 3-0-0) at Mayo Field Friday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

In a pivotal conference game, the Ladies look to capture their first conference point of the season and upset the Mid-Con leaders in Friday’s contest.

Leading Centenary in scoring and standing atop the Mid-Con in goals per game (0.50), freshman Stefani Robbs (Dallas/R.L. Turner) has five goals and 11 points. In 10 games, Robbs has two game-winning goals, among the conference leaders in game-winners.

Junior Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas/Samuel Clemens) stands second on the Ladies with six points on two goals and two assists.

In goal, junior Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington) has started all 13 games this season. Leading the Mid-Con in saves (79) and standing second in saves per game (6.08), Hilsher has a 1.84 goals-against average and a .782 save percentage in 13 games.

Centenary has won its last two games played at Mayo Field, defeating Arkansas State (Sept. 17) and Louisiana Tech (Sept. 27). In the lone conference game played at Mayo Field this season, the Ladies dropped a 1-0 encounter to IUPUI Sept. 15.

Undefeated in conference play this season, Valparaiso enters Friday’s contest winning nine of the last 10 games. During the 10-game stretch, the Crusaders have outscored opponents, 26-7, capturing two conference victories in overtime.

In 14 games this season, the Crusaders lead the Mid-Con with 32 goals, averaging 2.29 goals per game. On the defensive side, Valparaiso has limited opponents to 11 goals in 14 games, leading the Mid-Con with a 0.77 team goals-against average.

Valpariaso is led in scoring by freshman forward Sarah Jewell, who has seven goals and 16 points in 14 games. Jewell leads the Mid-Con in points and goals, averaging a conference-leading 1.14 points per game.

Sophomore forwards Lori Johnson and Kendall Brown stand second and third, respectively, on the Crusaders in scoring. Johnson, five goals and 13 points, leads the Crusaders with four game-winning goals in 14 starts. Brown leads Valparaiso with 39 shots, registering five goals and 12 points.

Starting 12 of 14 games in net, junior Erin Murray has a 0.77 goals-against average and a .827 save percentage. With a 9-3-0 record, Murray has two shutouts to her credit.

Valparaiso is coming off a season in which it captured the 2005 Mid-Con Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

The Crusaders defeated Centenary, 2-0, last season, played Oct. 7, 2006 in Valparaiso, Ind. Murray played 90 minutes in net for the shutout, credited with one save.