Shreveport, Louisiana - The top-ranked Trinity women’s soccer team opened its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road weekend with a 6-0 shutout of Centenary College Friday night.
Trinity won its 11th consecutive game, and posted a 10th straight shutout victory. The Tigers now stand at 13-0-1, and are 8-0-0 in conference play. Last month, the Tigers beat the Ladies 11-0 in a game played on Trinity’s field.
Jordan Leeper opened the scoring in Friday’s matchup, with a solo goal in the second minute of play. Leeper recorded her fifth goal of the campaign, and a third game-winner. That proved to be the only goal of the first half, as the Tigers held a slim 1-0 lead at the intermission.
"The first half was a little frustrating in terms of creating a lot of good opportunities, and just not seeming to convert," said Head Coach Lance Key. "I think a lot of that is to the credit of Centenary. They defendedwell in their final third, and in particular, the last 20 yards. They made it more difficult - even on good chances - to convert. It just didn't seem to be quite enough space to get that quality finish off."
Colleen Markey took a cross from Chelsea Cole in the 56th minute for the next goal of the game, and then Maggie Olvera made it 3-0 Trinity, after converting in the 62nd minute. Four minutes later, Abby Tisdale and Brigitte Taylor combined for a scoring play, as the ball plowed through to the top of the box. Taylor posted her fifth assist this year.
Hannah Hommel scored her sixth goal of the season, in the 74th minute, as Chelsea Cole supplied her second assist of the game. The final goal came with seconds to play as Halle Dure scored on a header off a cross from Hommel and Kim Polasek. In the process, Hommell picked up her sixth assist.
Janie Thompson was the Tigers starting keeper, and accounted for a save. Dana McLaughlin and Kalli Douma guarded the net in the second half. Trinity’s signature defense, which posted its 12th overall shutout, allowed only two total shots.
"I think the girls played well tonight. We made some adjustments at halftime, focused on doing a better job of managing the counter-attack, and a better job communicating in the back third. I thought the girls did that. We were just a lot more clinical in the finish, as well as in possession, build-up, and creativity in the attacking third of the field. In all, a very good performance. We are looking forward to getting on the road tomorrow, and hopefully, building on the success and progress we are making.
The Tigers wrap up their weekend Sunday in Sherman, Texas, for a noon SCAC game at Austin College.