Centre sports roundup

September 12, 2004

The Centre College cross country teams swept the Centre Invitational Saturday at Admiral Stadium, winning both the men's and women's divisions by more than 30 points.

Eileen Schilling easily won the women's race, beating Georgetown's Betsy Evans to the finish line by 20 seconds to win the 3.1-mile race in 19 minutes, 11 seconds.

Centre's women scored 37 points, 42 fewer than runner-up Campbellsville, while the men had only 20 points and defeated Campbellsville by 37 points.

Schilling was followed by three other Centre women in the top 10. Lauren Arnold was third, 45 seconds out of second place, Kristie Kachler was eighth and Jessica Droste was ninth.


The Centre men were led by Eric Hack, who was second with a time of 27:22 over 8 kilometers (4.96 miles). Hack was four seconds behind winner Mark Rowe of Campbellsville, and he was the first of five consecutive Centre runners to cross the finish line.

Nate Blank was another 11 seconds back in third place, followed by John Thompson in fourth, Mark Noll in fifth and Mercer County High School alumnus Anthony Lippert in sixth. Jeff Briggs was close behind in ninth place.

Women's Soccer

At Lexington, Centre played No. 14 Washington & Lee to a 1-1 tie on the opening day of Transylvania's two-day invitational.

The Colonels fell behind 1-0 early in the second half, then evened the score about five minutes later when Katie McGinty headed the ball into the goal off a corner kick.

"We showed very well against one of the top teams in the country," coach Jay Hoffman said.

Centre returns to Transy today to play Ohio Northern.

Centre women hosting soccer clinic

The Centre women will host a clinic for Bluegrass Youth Soccer Association girls teams from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Millennium Park.

Hoffman and the players will instruct participants in skill development and basic fundamentals.

All BYSA-registered players are also invited to attend Centre's game against Wilmington at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Men's Soccer

At Danville, Giordano Palloni scored in sudden-death overtime to give Chicago a 1-0 win over Centre in the Bob Allen Nissan Classic.

Palloni's goal came in the second extra period, 104 minutes, 39 seconds into the game.

Centre outshot Chicago 21-10 and had five corner kicks to Chicago's five but couldn't score.

"It was a real letdown for us," coach Jeb Burch said. "Statistically we were the better team here, but we came up on the short end."

Brad Borough had six shots and got Centre's best scoring chance, only to see his shot tipped over the cross bar by Chicago goalkeeper Keith Crum. Crum had nine saves, while Centre's Chris Creger had three.

The Colonels play Austin when the invitational concluces today, and Chicago will play Millikin. Austin defeated Millikin 4-2 in Saturday's first game.


At Emory, Va., Centre went 1-3 in the Emory Classic, losing two matches Friday and going 1-1 Saturday.

The Colonels opened with a 30-22, 30-27, 28-30, 30-24 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic. Whitney Faust and Sarah Burger had nine kills each, Danielle Norman and Kate Bennett had eight kills each, Leah Ballinger had 32 assists and Megan McElveen had 33 digs. Norman also had two solo blocks and two block assists.

In a 30-17, 30-17, 28-30, 30-17 loss to No. 10 Emory, Faust had 10 kills and two solo blocks, Berger had 11 kills and McElveen had 30 digs.

"We couldn't put the ball away," coach Stephanie Dragan said. "I don't know if it was our inability to attack or Emory's incredible defense."

Centre beat Methodist in its first match Saturday. Results of that match were not available.

In a 22-30, 30-26, 30-22, 30-23 loss to Hiram, Ballinger had 42 assists, Burger had 24 kills, McElveen had 57 digs and Bennett had three aces, but Centre had only two blocks in the entire match.

"It really wasn't a pretty sight," Dragan said. "We were all very disappointed with how we played today."

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