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Women's soccer steamrolls Millsaps in SAA quarterfinal

Women's soccer steamrolls Millsaps in SAA quarterfinal

DANVILLE Ky. – Centre women's soccer defeated Millsaps, 6-0, in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon at Amend Field.

The Colonels improve to 13-3-2 overall and advance to the semifinal round next Friday at Amend Field.

Centre dominated from the opening whistle, registering 26 shots – including nine on goal – in the opening frame.

Shortly after both teams took the field in the first half, junior Keeghan Francis (Knoxville, Tenn.) tallied her 12th goal of the season off of a Meghan Paynter (Danville, Ky.) assist, giving the Colonels an early 1-0 advantage.

Both teams remained deadlocked throughout the remaining 42 minutes of the first half. Despite racking up 26 shots in the opening 45 minutes, the Majors continually thwarted the Colonels' attack by stacking the box.

The Colonels continued to pressure, however, and poured on five more goals in the second half to complete the rout.

Just minutes into the second half, freshman Kristin Dean (Cincinnati) found the back of the net off of an Alana Hughes (Lexington, Ky.) helper, making the score 2-0 Centre.

In the 67th minute, Paynter made a nice side-step move in the box, beating the Majors' goalkeeper. Two minutes later, sophomore Alana Hughes (Lexington, Ky.) netted her 10th goal of the season, giving the Colonels a 4-0 lead. Kristin Dean assisted on the play.

Senior Amber Cowell (Culver, Ind.) scored in the 75th minute off of a Madeline Espy (San Antonio, Texas) assist. The pair would connect again eight minutes later, extending the Colonels lead to 6-0.

Centre finished the day with a massive 43 shots, while Millsaps only managed two throughout the entire match.

The Colonels will host either Berry or Sewanee in the semifinal match at 6 p.m. ET at Amend Field next Friday.