Gents and Ladies Soccer Go4theGoal Tomorrow in Conference Home Opener
Thursday, September 22, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Gents and Ladies soccer teams will have a pair of special contests Friday, Sept. 23, and not only because of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference home opener against Schreiner.

The Ladies will wear gold shoelaces as Centenary soccer hosts a Go4theGoal game to help raise money and awareness of pediatric cancer during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds raised will be donated to Go4theGoal’s Lace up for Pediatric Cancer campaign and will benefit local pediatric cancer patients.

The Maroon and White will also welcome special guest Morgan Ersoff to serve as an ambassador for the game. Ersoff is a senior student-athlete at Parkway High School in Bossier City. Almost a year ago to the day, on Sept 24, 2015, Ersoff was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer in which bone marrow makes too many of an immature form of white blood cells.

Ersoff underwent treatment for seven weeks, almost daily, at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. After her time at St. Jude’s, she traveled home and received treatments every two weeks until January 2016. She continues to receive treatments once a week at University Health, a process that will continue for another year and a half.

After the initial diagnosis, the urge to get back out to the pitch was strong for Ersoff.

“One of my first questions was about soccer,” recalled Ersoff. “Could I play? Well, WHEN could I play again? The doctors told me May of 2016, but I could not wait that long. At the end of January, I began to play with my high school team in our playoffs as they advanced as far as the semifinals. I could not stay off the field; all I wanted to do was play.”

Unfortunately for Ersoff, her soccer dreams took another hit when she needed to have hip surgery in May of 2016. The doctors initially told her she would not be able to play for 3-6 months, but after only seven weeks, she was kicking a ball around and running to get back into shape for her senior season, which begins in November.

“I was not going to let cancer stop me from life,” Ersoff added.

The connection between Ersoff and Centenary soccer began many years ago. She has attended the annual Centenary Soccer Camps for 11 years and has known Ladies Head Coach David Orr for many years. When Coach Orr collaborated with the Go4theGoal campaign to Lace up for Cancer Research, there was no doubt who he would ask to serve as an ambassador.

Despite the health setbacks, Ersoff remains highly involved with soccer in many different capacities. For the 2016-17 season, she will serve as team captain for the Panthers. In addition to coaching an under-10 rec team, Ersoff finds time to do community service projects for Parkway High School.

“My school and community have given me all the support in the world,” said Ersoff. “They have done fundraising to help raise money for some of the expenses during this journey. I am also friends with many of the girls on the Centenary Soccer team and they have been a wonderful support system throughout my journey, along with the Centenary coaches.”

Fans in attendance can donate to this worthy cause at a designated spot near the concession stand. The Gents take on Schreiner at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept 23 with the Ladies battling the Mountaineers approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Gents game.