Women's Soccer Fall 3-0 to Oral Roberts
Friday, October 20, 2006


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Ali Hilsher made six saves
against Oral Roberts

Joanna Bunn played all 90 minutes
in her final game at Mayo Field

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team (4-10-1, 0-4-1) dropped its home finale Friday, suffering a heartbreaking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Oral Roberts (4-8-3, 1-3-2) on Senior Night at Mayo Field.

Friday’s game served as the final home game for three Centenary players, with seniors Joanna Bunn (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus), Tracee Byrd (Long Beach, Miss./Long Beach) and Heather Kasparek (Broken Arrow, Okla./Union) taking the field one final time.

After a scoreless first half, Oral Roberts scored three unanswered goals in the second half to capture its first conference win of the season, led by two goals and five points by junior Emily Gagnon.

In the 52nd minute, Gagnon received the ball at the top of the Centenary box and aggressively turned towards the Ladies net. Shielding a defender with her back, Gagnon tucked the ball into the lower-left corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season, cutting through a series of Centenary players en route to the goal.

Gagnon played a part in Oral Roberts second goal, splitting a pair of Centenary players to find senior Tamara Walker near the left side of the Ladies penalty area. Alone inside the box, Walker placed a shot into the top-right corner of the net, scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 69th minute.

With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Gagnon scored the third and final goal for the Golden Eagles, hitting a high shot into the top-right corner from 30 yards away from the Centenary net.

The Ladies opened the game controlling the run of play, with freshman forwards Stefani Robbs (Dallas/R.L. Turner) and Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches) creating scoring opportunities on the Oral Roberts net.

The Golden Eagles had a chance to take a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when junior Correne Walker had an open lane to shoot on Centenary goalkeeper Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington) deep inside the Ladies box. Hilsher was up to the challenge and deflected the shot around the right post to keep the game scoreless after the first half.

Hilsher made six saves for the Ladies in the loss.

Shots were in favor of Oral Roberts, 13-11.

Centenary, which had a three-game unbeaten streak at Mayo Field prior to Friday’s loss, concludes the 2006 regular season Oct. 28, traveling to Western Illinois for their final Mid-Continent Conference game of the season.