Centre men's soccer team earns win

October 26, 2003

Centre College's men's soccer team played the vast majority of two games with just 10 men on the field, topping Benedictine 2-1 Saturday and losing 2-0 to Chicago Friday.

Saturday, freshman Jeff Thornbury was issued a red card with 20 minutes gone in the game and Centre holding a 2-0 lead.

"We don't like to blame much on officials, but this is a really bad crew we ran into," Centre coach Jeb Burch said. "There were 12 yellows total in this game and they did not even know some of the new rule changes. My team could have handled it better, but at the same time, I understand what they're saying. The referee definitely was the focus of the game, and it shouldn't be that way. It should be up to the players."

Centre's first goal came 50 seconds into the game. David Hewitt played a ball wide to Trey Janes, who put the ball to the front post, where Mike Weckenbrock finished it off for a 1-0 lead.


Janes scored Centre's second goal 20 minutes into the game off a Hewitt assist.

Benedictine scored its only goal on a direct kick inside the Centre box.

The shots were even, with each team taking nine. Jacob Sither had four saves in the Centre goal.

In Friday's game, Josh Haines was issued a red card for a handball on a Chicago shot attempt with 23 minutes gone in the first half.

Chicago converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 halftime lead, and scored the final goal with 10 minutes to play.

Burch said Centre had four players - Brad Borough, Chris Combs, Patrick Foley and Pete Millon - injured in the game.

Sither had seven saves in goal for Centre.

Field Hockey

At Gambier, Ohio, Kenyon scored three unanswered goals to top Centre 4-2 Saturday.

Junior Megan Jacob opened the scoring for Centre (5-8) with an unassisted goal just three minutes into the game. Kenyon tied it up and it remained 1-1 at halftime.

Centre senior Annie Murphy scored off a Meagan Haag assist in the second half, but Kenyon scored the final three goals of the game to pull away.

"Centre played well at times throughout the first half, but overall they played very poorly defensively," Centre coach Tom Hobbs said. "We did not get the job done defensively, and that's reflected in the score and some of the shots that were taken."

Kenyon outshot Centre 18-11 and had 12 penalty corners to Centre's 5. Liz Lowe had 16 saves in the Centre goal.


At Atlanta, the volleyball team started its fall break trip on a high note, topping Piedmont and losing a close match to No. 11 Emory Friday.

The Colonels beat Friedmont in three games, 30-17, 30-25, 30-17.

Whitney Faust had nine kills, four aces and four blocks for Centre. Cate Guthrie had 13 kills, Leah Ballinger totaled 37 assists, Lisa Fryman had 13 digs and Kate Bennett and Danielle Norman each had two solo and two block assists.

In the second match of the day, Emory won a marathon second game and went on to win in three games, 30-21, 39-37, 30-20.

Ballinger had 31 assists, 15 digs, a block and a block assist. Faust added 10 kills, a block and four block assists, Guthrie had 11 kills and Norman had three block assists.

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