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No. 9 Centre Downs Women's Soccer in Season Opener

Kailey Burrell
Kailey Burrell (photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information)

DANVILLE, Ky. -- Kailey Burrell scored a second half goal to knot the score at 1-1, but No. 9-ranked Centre scored three times in the final 25 minutes to come away with a 4-1 victory over the Lady Scots on Friday night.

It was the season opener for both team. Centre came into the contest ranked No. 9 in the preseason Top 25, according to

Despite being out-shot most of the night, Covenant hung with the host Colonels. After a scoreless first 45 minutes, Centre notched the match's first goal in the 59th minute when Meghan Paynter found the back of the net.

Covenant answered, however, in the 64th minute. Burrell was able to beat the keeper and put one away to even the score at 1-1. The goal was Burrell's first of the year and her 11th career score.

Centre was able to capitalize on its chances over the final 25 minutes of the contest and pulled away for the victory. Brooke Smithson gave the Colonels the lead for good with a score in the 66th minute, assisted by Taylor Gebhart and Alana Hughes. Hughes added her own score in the 80th minute to make it a 3-1 score before Sarah Sirkin capped the scoring in the 89th minute.

Making her first career start at the net, in her first collegiate match, Lucy Sandhoff made 12 saves in 90 minutes of action. Sandhoff's counterpart, Jonelle Barron, picked up the win after facing just one shot on goal.

Burrell took two of Covenant's four shots on the night. Centre tallied 25 attempts, with six of those coming from Smithson, while the Colonels held a6-2 edge in corner kicks.


Covenant will travel to face Sewanee on Wednesday. Match time is set for 6 p.m. central time (7 p.m. eastern).


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