In final games, Centre girls win, but boys lose

November 10, 2003

MEMPHIS - Junior Lindsay Yeakel scored one goal and positioned a corner kick that led to another goal as the Centre College women's soccer team ended its season with a 2-0 victory over Rhodes College here Sunday.

The Centre men did not fare as well as they lost 1-0 in their final game.

Yeakel scored off an assist from Nikki Hollabaugh in the 61st minute to break the scoreless tie. About five minutes later Yeakel sent in a corner kick that Laura Heil, another junior, put into the net.

Centre goalkeeper Jessica Chisley, one of three seniors on the team, had 11 saves in the game for Centre (8-6-1), which won its fourth straight game.

The Colonels had 15 shots to Rhodes' 20 and took six corner kicks to three for Rhodes.

"We won our last four games, which were all conference games, and scored 17 goals in those games after hitting a time in October where we just couldn't score," said Centre coach Gina Nicoletti. "It was a great way for our seniors to go out. Rhodes is ranked among the top 10 teams in the (NCAA Division III) South Region and this was a quality way for us to end the season."


Rhodes' Wheeler Graff scored with only 19 seconds to play to beat the Centre men. Centre (11-6-1) thought it had the potential game-winning goal about two minutes earlier but a shot by David Horn was just wide of the net.

"It was a very intense game between two SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) rivals," Centre coach Jeb Burch said. "There were 19 fouls on Rhodes and 11 on Centre. But all the yellow cards were on us and David Hewitt was ejected for the final 23 minutes, something that has never happened to him. We felt it just wasn't right that all the yellow and red cards were on us and it was difficult to play a man down the final 23 minutes."

Centre also had an earlier goal by Horn disallowed by an offsides call.

Centre had 12 shots and four corner kicks to 15 shots and three corner kicks by Rhodes.

"It was a tough way for our five seniors to end their career," Burch said. "Our senior class had produced 48 wins and we will really miss all of them next year."

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