Centre women's soccer team wins second straight

October 11, 2004

The Centre College women's soccer team scored a second straight victory for the first time this season, beating Oglethorpe 1-0 Sunday at Atlanta.

The Colonels (3-4-3, 2-2-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) made an early goal stand up to complete a sweep on their two-game road trip. Their win Friday at Millsaps was their first win since their season opener.

"We needed this weekend, and hopefully we can keep this momentum," Centre coach Jay Hoffman said.

Hoffman said Centre's lone goal was a "lucky" one, scored 10 minutes, 34 seconds into the game when senior Lindsay Yeakel kicked the ball high toward the net. The kick drew Oglethorpe's goalkeeper out of the net, and the ball bounced over her head and into the goal.

Oglethorpe (4-7, 0-6) was never able to answer, as Hoffman said the Colonels controlled most of the game.

"We were able to possess the ball very well, able to move it, able to get into our attack," he said.


Hoffman said Centre got exceptional play from defender Laura Heil and midfielder Maggie Ray.

The Colonels, playing their last game before a 12-day layoff, outshot Oglethorpe 23-2. Goalkeeper Erin Haney needed to make only one save for her first shutout of the season.

Men's Soccer

At Atlanta, Centre's postseason hopes took a serious hit with a 3-0 loss to Oglethorpe.

The Colonels (8-3-1, 3-1-1 SCAC) outshot Oglethorpe 19-7, but coach Jeb Burch said only one of them was fired directly at the goal. Centre missed two point-blank shots, both from about 5 yards out, in the first five minutes.

Burch said the Colonels were feeling the effects of 16 hours of bus travel on their weekend trip to Millsaps and Oglethorpe.

"I think we certainly showed our legs a little bit today," he said. "We really couldn't connect on any passes.

"This was a very tough loss. This isn't one of those games where we had anything to learn; it's just a stark reality of the travel we had to go through. I know our kids will bounce back."

Anthony Thompson gave Oglethorpe (7-5, 4-2) a 1-0 lead with a first-half goal, and Frank Monteleone and Jonathan McConnell scored in the second half for the Stormy Petrels.


At Atlanta, Centre closed a series of five matches against SCAC Western Division schools at 3-2 with a 30-24, 30-18, 30-19 win over Hendrix and ended the weekend in a fourth-place tie.

The Colonels (15-7, 5-4 SCAC) used strong serving to rattle Hendrix (7-16, 2-7). They had 10 service aces, three by Megan McElveen and two each by Lisa Fryman and Leah Ballinger.

"We did a great job serving," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said. "(It) was great to see that we had the confidence to come out and serve tough."

Sarah Burger had 13 kills and no errors in 19 attack attempts for a .684 attack percentage, and Danielle Norman had 11 kills and three errors in 22 attempts. Burger also had four solo blocks and two block assists, Ballinger had 36 defensive assists and McElveen had 12 digs.

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