Ghaemmaghami's goal not enough against HPU
Saturday, September 08, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Senior Adam Ghaemmaghami netted his first goal of the year, but a 2-0 halftime deficit was too much for Centenary to overcome Saturday night as visiting Howard Payne spoiled the Gents home debut, 2-1, in men’s soccer action.

Howard Payne stayed unbeaten at 2-0-1, dropping Centenary to 1-2-0. The Gents are back in action Sept. 11 at LeTourneau at 7 p.m.

“Truthfully, our guys have to be more prepared and more focused mentally as a team, not only as individuals,” Centenary head coach David Orr said. “And they have to believe more than anything else. This is about belief.”

Ghaemmaghami took a game-high five shots, three on goal, and the one that landed cut the margin to 2-1in the 62nd minute. He fired a shot from 30 yards after a few dribbles, landing in the top right of the net over a diving Ryan Young.

Christ Thompson put Howard Payne on the board 12 minutes in with his first goal of the season. David Rucker (1) passed to an open Thompson 10 yards on the right side of the net, placing the shot just out of Robbie Ramirez’s reach.

Joseph Gardner fired a 25-yard dart with his left foot, finding the upper right corner of the net to extend the lead to 2-0. The goal was unassisted and his first score of the season.

The 2-0 deficit was a product of Howard Payne’s aggression and a lack of preparation from Centenary, Orr said.

“I don’t want to take any credit away from HPU. They’re a great team. But this was more of a game of what we didn’t do, not what we did do.”

Centenary’s offense mustered 15 shots, two shy of HPU’s 17. It seemed as though the Gents offense picked up in the final 45 minutes, but Orr didn’t see it that way.

“Bottom line was in the first half, we were our own first enemy,” he continued. “In the second half, we tried to not be that. You saw that because we tried to be that less in the second half than we were in the first half.”

Matthew Fontenot followed Ghaemmaghami with three shots, joining three Yellowjackets with three apiece. Zachary Kidder and Spencer Nickerson each took two.