Ladies and Tigers to Meet on the Pitch Sunday
Friday, September 12, 2008

SHREVEPORT – With Hurricane Ike altering the schedules of Centenary and the 12th ranked LSU’s women’s soccer teams, both coaches agreed to play Sunday in Baton Rouge at 1 p.m. The Ladies were supposed to play at Texas State and Houston Baptist, while LSU was scheduled to play at Louisiana-Lafayette and host Houston.


It has been 10 years since Centenary and LSU have met on the soccer field. The Ladies and Tigers played twice in 1995 and once in 1998, as Centenary won the first ever meeting 4-0, but lost the last two showdowns, 3-1, and 3-2. 


The Ladies (1-4) defense has continued to play strong, holding their opponents to 1.80 goals per match and a .096 shot percentage. Freshman keeper Deb Hill has started all five matches and has made 32 saves and allowed just a goal and a half per match.


Freshman Katie Valdez leads the Ladies with two goals and one assists, while Ashley Dolezel and Chelsea Granger each have five shots. Junior Kristine Weaver, freshman Amanda Exford and Granger have also scored a goal this season.


The Tigers (4-0) have not played since Sept. 1, when they played in Chicago at the Lakeside Invitational. LSU has shutout South Alabama and Northwestern, while allowing just one goal by BYU and Loyola (Ill.)


Leading LSU’s offense is Rachel Yepez, Roslyn Jones and Michelle Makasini, who have scored two goals each. Overall, the Tigers have scored 10 goals and have given 11 assists.


Following this weekend, Centenary will travel to Northwestern State on Friday and Texas State on Sunday.