Ladies begin SCAC Tournament with rematch against Austin College
Thursday, November 1, 2012

GEORGETOWN, Texas – After winning two of its last three contests, the Centenary women’s soccer team prepares for its debut in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament beginning Friday against Austin College.

The No. 5 Ladies (5-9-1, 0-8) and the No. 4 Roos (5-11-2, 3-5) kick off at 6 p.m. Austin College swept the season series from the Ladies, 3-1 and 2-1 (2 OT). The winner will advance to the semifinals to play No. 1 Trinity University, which outscored Centenary 16-0 in two games and beat Austin College twice by a combined score 13-0.

“It’s a winnable game and that’s something that is a plus for the girls,” head coach Glenn Evans said.

One key difference in this matchup, though, is the absence of aggressive forward Madison Alexander, who is second on the squad with 12 points. Alexander has been diagnosed with mono and will not play.

“It’s a challenge so others are going to have to step up and reach another level,” Evans said. “If we all do that, we’ll be fine. We feel as though we should’ve beaten them the last game and we had opportunities to do so. It’s winnable and that’s encouraging. We’ll see how tough our youth are by stepping up.”

Carly Slovensky leads the Ladies offense after scoring two goals in Tuesday’s regular-season finale. The two scores upped her team-best goals scored mark to seven.

“Madison’s absence is going to put a lot of weight on Carly’s shoulders,” Evans said. “When you had two playing on the top, it’s a double threat. Trying to find a replaceable player will be tough, so it’ll put a lot of the load on Carly’s shoulders.”

Even with the loss of Alexander, the Ladies are confident heading into the third match with Austin College and look to avenge the two losses.

“The first match, we just didn’t show up to play,” Evans said. “We didn’t make the necessary adjustments early enough and hopefully we can pick those up. We played them so much better the second time, so I’m sure they’ll make changes, too.”