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Colonels claim third consecutive SAA regular season title at BSC

Colonels claim third consecutive SAA regular season title at BSC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Centre College women's soccer captured the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season title Wednesday, defeating Birmingham Southern in a winner-take-all match, 4-1, on the road at Goldfarb Field.

The Colonels are now unbeaten in a remarkable 32 straight matches against SAA opponents, and have won each of the last three conference regular season titles. They also earn the right to host the upcoming SAA Tournament.

Centre (11-3-2, 6-0 SAA) scored all four goals unanswered after the Panthers (13-3, 5-1) netted the games' first goal just minutes after the opening whistle.

BSC's Abby Kay Choate scored less than two minutes into the match off a header, putting the hosts in the driver's seat early.

Sophomore Alana Hughes (Lexington, Ky.) equalized in the 19th minute scoring an unassisted goal, running her season total up to eight.

The two sides entered the half tied 1-1, but Centre finished with more shots (9 to 4) and corners (6 to 1).

That advantage on the attack would pay off in the second half, as the Colonels netted three across the final 45 minutes to put the match out of reach.

Freshman defender Gracie Fitzgerald (Georgetown, Ind.) scored off of Meghan Paynter's (Danville, Ky.) rebound less than three minutes into the period, proving to be the game-winning goal.

Freshman Kristin Dean (Cincinnati) netted a goal in the 61st minute to widen the Colonels' lead, and junior Keeghan Francis (Knoxville, Tenn.) put the finishing touches on the match with her team-leading ninth goal in the 87th minute.

Hughes provided assists on each of the final two Centre goals, finishing with four points.

Centre totaled 20 shots to BSC's six, and put 11 on target. The Colonels also finished with nine corners.

Senior Sarah Youkilis (Lexington, Ky.) faced only three shots, finishing with two saves in 90 minutes of action.

The Colonels look to close out their second straight 7-0 SAA season this Saturday, hosting Sewanee at 4 p.m. ET on Homecoming at Amend Field.