LSUS tops Centenary in spring soccer scrimmage

By DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports

The LSUS Lady Pilots and Centenary Ladies women’s soccer teams faced off Saturday within a set of round robin games at LeTourneau University in Longview. The spring scrimmages were all played on a shorter clock, using 35-minute halves instead of 45’s, to allow all teams to play twice in one day.

The Lady Pilots started fast. Within the first five minutes they were able to get a breakaway, with Centenary freshman keeper Madison Ersoff coming off her line and deflecting the shot by Ameris Taylor, resulting in a corner kick. The Ladies were able to clear the corner kick and relieve the pressure on their own goal for a while.

With the Lady Pilots having the possession advantage, they were able to send a through ball again to a streaking Taylor, who this time was able to slot the ball to the far post just outside the diving fingers of Ersoff. The Lady Pilots were up 1-0 at halftime as Ersoff collected four saves.

The second half was played a little more evenly possession-wise, with Centenary pushing the ball into LSUS’s defensive third, and having a few solid opportunities, but the Ladies were unable to finish. At about the halfway point the Lady Pilots started a counter with the ball getting to the feet of Kristen Nolen, who shot from distance. The ball deflected off the jaw of a Centenary defender, then past the outstretched arms of Centenary freshman keeper Emma Oertling for a 2-0 lead.

In the final two minutes of the game, the referee whistled for a foul in the Centenary’s box and awarded a penalty kick to LSUS. Nolen slotted the PK in the right corner for the 3-0 final. Oertling had three saves for the Ladies. Cariota Alcalde had four total saves for the Lady Pilots.

In Centenary’s first game of the day, the Ladies faced the Jarvis Lady Bulldogs and won 3-0. The game began with Centenary passing the ball well, but unable to get that final pass through to get a good shot. They kept pushing, knowing eventually they would get through. That opportunity finally came at the halfway point of the half when Gabby McDonald put the Ladies on top 1-0 with the assist of Daisy Acosta.

Within the next few minutes Centenary was on the attack again, this time up the right side where Alexa Hinojosa hit a cross to an open Hannah Haworth, who tapped it in for the 2-0 halftime lead. Ersoff had three saves.

The second half played a bit more evenly, with neither team having a lot of opportunities at goal. The lone score came after Centenary pushed the ball up on a counter. Following a shot that the Jarvis keeper saved, but didn’t secure the ball, Haworth recorded her second goal and provided the 3-0 final. Oertling finished with a pair of saves in the second half.

LSUS played LeTourneau in its second game, winning 1-0. Both teams kept a more defensive posture in this one. The decider came with two minutes left in the first half, a goal by Dawniela Torres. Alcalde completed her day with three saves and two clean sheets.