November 10, 2013

Colonels edge women's soccer in SAA Championship, 2-1

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Berry College got a late goal, but came up short to Centre College, 2-1, in the Southern Athletic Association Championship match on Sunday.

The Vikings, trailing 2-0, tallied in the 86th minute. Molly Johnson took a corner kick for Berry and Rachel LeRoy scored for BC. The goal was LeRoy's sixth but her second in consecutive days. The assist was the the conference-leading 11th helper for Johnson.

Top-seeded Centre received an early tally from Katie Stevenson off a pass from Alex Combs. The score stayed 1-0 at halftime.

At the 53:00 mark, Morgan Collins scored off an assist from Becca Hinds.

Centre had the advantage in shots (15-9) and corner kicks (6-4). Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Sanchez stopped five shots for in the nets for BC.

Leroy and teammate Lauren Sykora were picked to the SAA All-Tournament team.

"The desire and the determination were there, our legs were not." said Berry Head Coach Lorenzo Canalis.  "Nevertheless, we lost to a very good team."

The Vikings (16-4) and Colonels (16-4-2) will not wait and watch on Monday if they are selected to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships.