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Colonels Secure Second Straight SAA Regular Season Title with 1-0 OT Win at Rhodes

Colonels Secure Second Straight SAA Regular Season Title with 1-0 OT Win at Rhodes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – The 21st-ranked Centre women's soccer team captured at least a share of the 2016 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season championship with a 1-0 overtime victory over Rhodes on Sunday afternoon at the Rhodes Soccer Field.

This marks the Colonels' second consecutive regular season conference crown and their fourth SAA championship in five seasons under 13th-year head coach Jay Hoffman. All told, Hoffman and the Colonels have now won eight conference titles.

Centre boosted its records to 14-1-2 overall and 6-0-0 in SAA play. The Colonels handed the Lynx their first conference loss of the season, as Rhodes dropped to 7-3-1 on the year, including a 4-1-1 mark in the conference.

In a rematch of last season's SAA Tournament Championship match, neither team could find the back of the net through the first 90 minutes of action on Sunday.

Just under three minutes into the bonus period, sophomore forward Keeghan Francis' (Knoxville, Tenn.) goal off the assist by freshman forward Alana Hughes (Lexington, Ky.) sealed the road victory as well as the conference championship for Centre. It marked Francis' sixth goal of the regular season.

The Colonels earned the win despite being outshot 20-13 in the contest. However, Centre held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks in the triumph.

Senior goalkeeper Olivia Alford (Louisville, Ky.) recorded her seventh shutout of the season, making seven saves for the Colonels. Alford has helped Centre post 12 total shutout wins this season.

Since falling to Emory 2-1 in double overtime on Sept. 25, the Colonels have won six straight games including five shutouts, outscoring their opponents 28-1 in those matches.

Centre is back in action next Saturday in the regular season finale at Sewanee (8-7-1, 5-1-0 SAA) at 2 p.m. CT.

The Colonels can win the SAA regular season championship outright and gain hosting rights for the upcoming SAA Championship Tournament with a win over the Tigers.

Sewanee and Centre played to a 2-2 draw to open conference play last season. Sewanee handed the Colonels a 2-1 overtime loss in 2014 in the teams' last meeting in Tennessee.