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Centre drubs Millsaps in Friday night SAA showdown, 5-0

Centre drubs Millsaps in Friday night SAA showdown, 5-0

JACKSON, Miss. – The Centre College women's soccer squad overwhelmed Millsaps on the road Friday night, defeating the Majors by a 5-0 score in a Southern Athletic Association contest.

The Colonels improve to 8-3-2 overall and remain a perfect 3-0 in-conference, while dropping the Majors to 1-9-1 overall and 0-3 in the SAA.

Centre also earns its 10th consecutive shutout victory over Millsaps dating back to the 2011 season. The Colonels have won those 10 matches by a combined 43-0.

Centre attacked early and often Friday night, getting off a total of 18 shots (seven on goal) in 45 minutes.

Sophomore Julia Balte (Atlanta) converted two of those into a pair of goals spanning just over three minutes midway through the half. Her first score came in the 28th minute off a feed from Madeleine Espy (San Antonio).

In the 31st minute, Balte netted her second goal off of Sarah Waldo's (Bedford, Ind.) assist, giving the Colonels a 2-0 edge at the half. It marked Balte's first multi-goal match of her collegiate career.

Centre poured in three more goals in the second frame to complete the rout.

Freshman Rachael Boule (West Barnstable, Mass.) scored just minutes into the half, getting an assist from classmate Kristin Dean (Cincinnati). It was Boule's second goal of the campaign.

Sophomore Hannah Bandura (Morehead, Ky.) scored in the 74th minute – her third of the season – off of an Alana Hughes (Lexington, Ky.) helper, and in the 85th minute sophomore Samantha Lamantia (Commack, N.Y.) made it 5-0 with her first tally of the season. Junior Maddy Coleman (Georgetown, Ky.) provided the assist.

Centre finished with a whopping 35 shots with 14 on target, while Millsaps only managed a single shot for the full 90 minutes.

The Colonels return to the pitch Sunday, facing Birmingham Southern on the road at 1 p.m. ET.