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No. 5 @CentreWSoccer Shuts Out Transylvania 1-0
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) - The Centre women's soccer team, ranked fifth in the country in the NSCAA poll, posted its fourth consecutive shutout to open season, earning a 1-0 victory over the home standing Transylvania Pioneers.
The Colonels dominated possession in the first half, recording the contest's first nine shots. Centre's aggression eventually paid off at the 30-minute mark when senior All-American Destinie Graves (Lexington, Ky.) netted her third goal of the young season on an unassisted effort.
Centre outshot Transylvania 12-2 in the first half and 24-6 for the entire game. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Alford (Louisville, Ky.) stopped both of the Pioneers' scoring attempts in the opening frame to help keep Centre's 1-0 lead.
In the second half the Colonels maintained their intensity, recording 12 shots just as they had done in the first half, but they were unable to put any of them in the net in the final frame. Alford came up huge in the clutch, saving a shot by the Pioneers' Maddie Sjogren in the 58th minute and then preventing an equalizer with a save on Erin Koch with just over three minutes remaining.
With a record of 4-0 on the year, the Colonels have yet to allow a goal in the 2016 season, and the four consecutive shutouts represent the longest streak of not allowing a goal to open a season in program history. Dating back to 2015, Centre has shut out its last eight regular season opponents and has only surrendered goals in two of the last 16 games played.
The Centre women's soccer team will be back on the road over the weekend to compete in the W&L Classic in Lexington, Va. The Colonels will take on host Washington & Lee on Sept. 10 and then face Bridgewater (Va.) the following day.