Strong Second Half Gives Ladies a 2-0 Win Over Nicholls
Saturday, September 19, 2009
SHREVEPORT-Despite inclement weather over the last week and a wet playing field, the Centenary women's soccer team defeated in-state rival, Nicholls State, 2-0 on Friday evening.

Centenary (6-1-0) entered the game having been off an entire week, but prevailed in the second half, scoring two late goals to send Nicholls home with a 2-5 record.

In the first half, Nicholls had three back-to-back shots at the 14-minute mark, but none reached the frame, as two went wide and one was blocked.

Centenary didn't get a shot off until sophomore Katie Valdez tallied one that was saved by Colonel keeper Molly Mersereau at the 18:14 mark. Valdez didn't stop there as she connected on her second shot on goal less than two minutes later, but it was saved as well.

It was a standstill half as the Ladies put up six shots and the Colonels had nine.

Entering the second half with a 0-0 game, Centenary sent three shots towards the goal, but none found the back of the net.

The game remained scoreless until 55:45 when sophomore Chelsea Granger netted goal on a cross from Valdez that beat the keeper, finding the right side of the net to give Centenary a 1-0 lead.

The Ladies had a chance to score again at 71 minutes, when freshmen Morgan Ulliman, Hisa Turner and Logan Cathcart tried for goal.

It was freshman Kelly Fossard's shot at the 74-minute mark that sank net on an assist by Valdez to put Centenary up 2-0.

At 79 minutes, Nicholls again tried to score three times in one possession, but sophomore keeper Deb Hill saved two, while the other was saved off the post.

Centenary totaled 28 shots, 22 coming in the second half, while Nicholls tallied 15 for the game. The Ladies were led by Valdez with eight shots, six on goal and two assists.

Hill made seven saves, playing all 90 minutes in goal, while Mersereau had 13 saves for Nicholls.

The Ladies will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Louisiana-Monroe for a 1:00 p.m. start.