Centre plays Washington to 0-0 OT tie

September 22, 2003

Centre College's men's soccer team played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in a 0-0 tie with Washington University Sunday at St. Louis.

The Colonels (4-1-1) hit the post twice in the game, but were unable to get a goal through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes. However, Centre reached its one goal - to record a shutout.

"(Goalkeeper) Jacob Sither came up very big for us today," Centre coach Jeb Burch said. "He had his third shutout of the season, and I need to compliment the defense as well. Stan Simek, Todd Davis, Rhodes Thompson and freshman Jeffrey Thornbury did an excellent job. All four of them plus Jacob played the full 110 minutes and one thing I saw in this game was that Centre has a championship defense."

Burch said the fact the game was played on a football field, which isn't as wide as Centre's soccer field, changed the Colonels' attack and forced them to play a more direct game.


Washington finished with 13 shots, including nine in the second half of the game. Centre had 12 shots, seven in the first half. The Colonels also had a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks.

Burch said he hopes the physical nature of Sunday's game will pay off when Centre takes on No. 1 Trinity Friday at home.

"This should get us prepared for what will be a very difficult game this Friday," Burch said. "I think the team was woken up a little bit as to how physical we need to be to compete nationally.

"We just have to make some adjustments so we can score some goals, but it's good to know we have half of what we need to compete nationally and that's defense. Hopefully things will be clicking next Friday."

Field hockey

Rhodes 2, Centre 1 (OT) - At Danville, Centre lost in overtime to Rhodes Sunday, the sixth time this season the Colonels have gone to overtime.

Rhodes scored first on a shot by Lee Thomas on a Christie Mueller assist with 25:40 left in the first half. Centre evened it up on a goal from freshman Maegan Nash off a penalty corner with 14:12 left in regulation.

However, Mueller scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Thomas on a penalty corner in overtime.

"Centre did not play as well as we needed to in the first half," Centre coach Tom Hobbs said. "We lacked the intensity we needed to have. We played very well in the second half, but to be successful in every game, we must come and be ready to play all 70 minutes."

Hobbs also praised the play of senior Meagan Haag.

"Meagan had another fantastic game," Hobbs said. "It is nice to see her lead the way she has been."

Centre was outshot 19-7, and Centre goalkeeper Liz Lowe recorded 17 saves. That gives her 142 on the year, No. 1 in Division III.|9/22/03***

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