Ladies Play to 1-1 Draw with Valparaiso
Friday, October 13, 2006

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Joanna Bunn scored in the 73rd minute
to tie the game for the Ladies

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team (4-9-1, 0-3-1) and Mid-Continent Conference-leading Valparaiso (11-3-1, 3-0-1) played to a 1-1 draw Friday at Mayo Field.

As the Ladies played inspired soccer throughout the contest, 110 minutes was not enough to decide Friday’s conference game between Centenary and Valparaiso.

Facing the vaunted Valparaiso attack -- which leads the Mid-Con with a 2.29 goals per game average -- Centenary put forth arguably its best defensive effort of the season, despite playing with 10 players for majority of the second half and both overtime periods.

The Crusaders struck first, scoring on a penalty kick in the 50th minute.

After sophomore forward Kendall Brown was taken down near the left edge of the Centenary box, fellow-sophomore Jackie Thomas placed the ball into the lower-left corner to capitalize on the penalty opportunity and give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

Down a goal to the conference leaders, the Ladies were forced to play a man down when sophomore Tracy Apgar (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) received a red card for dissent in the 60th minute, forcing Centenary head coach Chase Wooten to shuffle his lineup to account for the ejected player.

The Ladies regrouped after allowing the penalty kick early in the second half and being down a player, tying the game in the 73rd minute.

In the 73rd minute, senior defender Joanna Bunn (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) got forward on an attack and was tripped inside the Valparaiso penalty area, giving the Ladies a penalty kick and an opportunity to score the equalizing goal.

Facing Crusaders goalkeeper Erin Murray, Bunn directed the ball high into the net on the spot kick to tie the game and give Centenary an opportunity to pull off the upset.

Not resting following Bunn’s tying goal, the Ladies had several runs at the Valparaiso net, however were unable to connect on the final pass, forcing the game to go into extra time.

In overtime, Centenary defended efficiently against six Valparaiso corner kicks. Highlighting the defensive efforts was the strong command of the penalty area by junior goalkeeper Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington), who made four saves in the draw.

Following the game, the focus and tireless efforts of the Ladies was commended by Wooten.

With the draw, Centenary remains undefeated in its last three home games, dating back to a 2-0 win over Arkansas State Sept. 17.

The Ladies play their final home game of the 2006 season Oct. 20, hosting Oral Roberts at Mayo Field at 7 p.m.