Hughes hat trick pushes Ladies past East Texas Baptist
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
East Texas Baptist (0-1)
Centenary (1-0)
9/1/2015 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 100
East Texas Baptist202
CENTWS2:56Maddy Brown (Marissa Hughes )
ETBU5:22Erin Miller (Sasha Kotowych )
CENTWS17:23Marissa Hughes
ETBU18:07Stephanie Castillo
CENTWS40:20Marissa Hughes
CENTWS61:00Marissa Hughes (Madison Alexander )
ETBUMaria Franco45:0011
ETBUElizabeth Hudspeth45:0030
CENTWSErica Coker90:0029
Stats at a GlanceETBUCENTWS
Shots (on Goal)22 (11)10 (5)
Corner Kicks93
Yellow Cards10

SHREVEPORT, LA – Apparently, junior Marissa Hughes’ assist on the first goal of the game was simply a warm up.

Hughes became the first Ladies soccer player to record a hat trick in three years by scoring the final three Centenary College (1-0) goals as the Ladies never trailed in a 4-2 win against East Texas Baptist (0-1) Tuesday night (September 1) at Mayo Field.

Centenary found itself outshot 22-10, including 10-5 in shots on goal, but the Maroon and White made the most of their opportunities by scoring on 80 percent of its shots on target.

Less than three minutes into the game, Hughes passed the ball from just outside the box to the penalty area. Freshman Maddy Brown scored off the pass to open up the scoring in the game. The Tigers quickly scored the equalizer when Sasha Kotowych crossed the ball to Erin Miller. Miller scored near the back post to tie the game.

In the 18th minute, Hughes out-dribbled East Texas Baptist’s Kristi Freund to score her first goal of the season to give Centenary the lead. The visitors answered when Stephanie Castillo tied the game at two less than a minute later.

From here, Hughes recorded the final two goals of the game for the first hat trick for a Centenary player since Carly Slovensky. Slovensky achieved the feat September 11, 2012 against LeTourneau in another 4-2 Ladies victory.

After Hughes scored the go-ahead goal right before half on a free ball from the top of the box, she gave the Ladies some cushion in the 61st minute on a through ball by Madison Alexander.

Erica Coker (1-0) took the win in goal, allowing a pair of goals on 11 shots faced. The Tigers’ Elizabeth Hudspeth played only the first half in the box, but took the loss by allowing scores on every shot faced in the first half.

The Ladies return to action at Louisiana College on Saturday, September 5, at 4 p.m.