Centre women's soccer team earns first conference win

October 10, 2004

The Centre College women's soccer team scored its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win of the season Friday, rallying from an early deficit to beat Millsaps 3-1 at Jackson, Miss.

Nikki Hollabaugh assisted on the tying goal and scored the other two goals for Centre (2-4-3, 1-2-2 SCAC), which won for the first time since its season opener Sept. 4.

Centre coach Jay Hoffman said forward Hollabaugh and defender Laura Heil were the key players in the Colonels' win.

"Nikki did a phenomenal job of holding the ball and getting our midfielders into their attack, and Laura did a good job of moving the ball from side to side and winning balls in air," Hoffman said.

Millsaps (2-8, 0-5) took a 1-0 lead on a long direct kick, but Hoffman said it didn't take his team long to answer.


"We immediately from that point on started to really take control of the game," he said.

Hollabaugh fed the ball to McCollum, who scored the tying goal from about 25 yards out, then scored two goals of her own to secure the win.

"We had a lot of good attacks coming out of our midfield as well as our backs," Hoffman said.

Men's Soccer

At Jackson, Miss., Centre maintained its position in a second-place tie in the conference with a 4-0 win over Millsaps Friday.

Freshman Patrick McMahon had a goal and an assist for the Colonels (9-2-1, 4-1-1 SCAC).

"Patrick had a great game today. (He) is a really bright spot for us right now," Centre coach Jeb Burch said.

McMahon assisted on a goal by senior Patrick Foley, who returned to the starting lineup and got the Colonels on the board with about 18 minutes left in the first half.

Drew Roberts scored off an assist from Brad Borough three minutes into the second half, then added another goal about a minute later. McMahon closed the scoring off an assist from Pete Millon.

Millsaps (3-8-1, 0-6) managed only one shot, making for an easy day for Centre goalkeepers Chris Creger, who played 80 minutes, and David Cupery.

Centre had 20 shots and had nine corner kicks to Millsaps' three.

The Colonels also survived an aggressive second-half in which Millsaps players received a red card and five yellow cards.

"I was really proud of my kids ... the way they handled this. Our kids could have easily retaliated for some of this stuff, and they did not," Burch said.


At Atlanta, Centre lost its first two games in a four-game series against SCAC Western Division opponents Friday, falling to Rhodes and Southwestern.

Centre (14-7, 4-4 SCAC) led its first game with Rhodes before falling 33-31, 30-25, 30-27.

"That really just stomped out our spirit, and we were never really able to recover from there," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said.

Centre's Whitney Faust had two solo blocks and five block assists. Sarah Burger and Kate Bennett had 12 kills each for the Colonels, Leah Ballinger had 34 assists and Megan McElveen had 20 digs.

In a 32-30, 30-26, 32-30 loss to No. 17 Southwestern, Faust had 11 kills and two aces, Ellie Exner had three aces and Ballinger had 33 assists.

Centre played Trinity and Millsaps Saturday.

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