Early lead slips away as Gents drop fifth straight
Friday, October 5, 2012

IRVING, Texas – Centenary jumped out to a 2-0 lead Friday night thanks to goals by Brandon Heim and Spencer Nickerson, but the University of Dallas responded with four unanswered scores to steal a 4-2 men’s soccer Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference contest.

The Gents fall to 2-8 and 0-4 in SCAC play, dropping their fifth straight. The Crusaders snapped their losing skid, improving to 4-5 and 1-3 in league play. The Gents continue play Sunday at Colorado College at 2:30 p.m.

Heim put the Gents on top just four minutes into the game with an unassisted goal and Nickerson scored his team-best fourth goal just over 26 minutes later off a Danny Haar assist.

Dallas started its rally in the 35th minute after Juan Hernandez-Reyes used a Colton Allen pass to slice the lead to 2-1, the first of three Crusader first-half goals, all just eight minutes apart.

Austin Schaap knotted the match at two apiece at the 41:57 mark before James Bernard found the back of the net only 40 seconds later to give Dallas a 3-2 lead at the break.

Austin Strain used a Hernandez-Reyes assist to cap the scoring in the 77th minute.

Nickerson took a team-high six shots, his score the only on goal. Matthew Wise took seven shots, three on goal to lead the Crusaders to a 21-17 shot advantage, 13-5 on goal.

Senior goalkeeper Robbie Ramirez collected nine saves, but allowed a season-high four goals in the loss. His counterpart, James Kerin, had three saves.