Centenary women’s soccer looks for improvement in 2015 campaign
Monday, August 31, 2015
East Texas Baptist (0-1)
at
Centenary (1-0)
9/1/2015 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 100
1st2ndFinal
East Texas Baptist202
Centenary314
Scoring
CENTWS2:56Maddy Brown (Marissa Hughes )
ETBU5:22Erin Miller (Sasha Kotowych )
CENTWS17:23Marissa Hughes
ETBU18:07Stephanie Castillo
CENTWS40:20Marissa Hughes
CENTWS61:00Marissa Hughes (Madison Alexander )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
ETBUMaria Franco45:0011
ETBUElizabeth Hudspeth45:0030
CENTWSErica Coker90:0029
Stats at a GlanceETBUCENTWS
Shots (on Goal)22 (11)10 (5)
Saves19
Offsides41
Corner Kicks93
Fouls97
Yellow Cards10

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The 2015 edition of the Centenary College women’s soccer team looks to build upon last season, the first for Centenary College alum David Orr at the helm of the Ladies program.

“We’re looking forward to a fun season,” said Coach Orr. “We have been training hard to build a great team culture and we are ready to get the season started.”

In 2014, the Ladies claimed a pair of All-Conference performers in sophomore Riley Spudic and senior Madison Alexander. Alexander was honored for the third-straight season and led the team with three goals. One of the best defenders in the conference, Spudic scored her lone goal of the season against nationally-ranked Trinity, breaking their then nine-match scoreless streak.

Alexander tallied seven points, adding an assist to her three goals.

The Ladies finished 1-17-1 last season; however, eight of the losses were by one goal and three were in overtime. Centenary picked up its lone win of the season in 2014 on September 14 against Hendrix, when junior Hannah Jo Wright found the back of the net in the 94th minute.

The game-winner against Hendrix was Wright’s lone goal for 2014.

The Ladies will lean on senior leadership as six members of the 2015 team are in their final season, while only three players are freshmen. The Maroon and White also add junior transfer Mallory Ford.

“I could not be more pleased with the newcomers,” stated coach Orr. “Their work ethic and talent is exceptional.

Junior Marissa Hughes is the other leading returner for the Ladies as she finished 2014 with two goals, one assist and five points. 

Spudic and senior Hannah Bate also had a single tally for the Ladies last season.

In goal, Centenary adds freshman Madeline Herr, who is the daughter of Centenary’s tennis coach, Jeffrey Herr. The Ladies also return junior Erika Coker, who appeared in 17 games and made 12 starts last season. Coker went 1-14-1 in goal for the Maroon and White, finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with 95 saves.

“We will have great athleticism and confidence coming from our two goalies for the 2015 season,” said Coach Orr.

Coach Orr took over the women’s program after six seasons on the men’s side. With the Gents from 2008-2013, coach Orr guided the squad to a 31-63-5 record, including a 13-win season in 2011 – the first season in Division III. He will be assisted by the “Pioneer of the Centenary Soccer Program,” Centenary Hall-of-Famer Glenn Evans. Like Orr, Evans has been at the helm of both soccer programs, serving as head coach of the Ladies from 1992-1996 and 2010-2013 and compiled an 85-57-5 record. He had been the top post in the men’s program from 1983-1996, tallying a mark of 161-105-3.

Centenary College women’s soccer begins the 2015 season September 1 against East Texas Baptist at 5 p.m. in Shreveport, Louisiana. After a trip to Louisiana College Sept. 5, the Ladies return home for four-of-five contests, starting with LeTourneau September 8 before beginning Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play Sept. 11 against Austin at Mayo Field.

“We have a great schedule, very balanced,” said coach Orr. “Our pre-conference schedule should prepare us for the tough conference grind. All in all, it will be a lot of fun!”

The Ladies take on nationally-ranked and 2014 NCAA Soccer Tournament and “Sweet 16” participant Trinity twice. Centenary battles Trinity September 25 at Trinity before taking them on at home Friday, October 26.