Gents Soccer begins 2016 Season
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Centenary (LA) (1-0-0)
Belhaven (0-1-0)
9/1/2016 | Jackson, Miss. | Attendance: 52
Centenary (LA)202
CENTM2:59Nick Hammond (Scott Halper )
BU29:36Nicolas Cornejo (Johnathan Goliday )
CENTM37:15Bailey DeRoussel (Seth Fountain )
CENTMRylan Whan90:0014
BUBrett Cloud22:5601
BUJosh Gates67:0421
Stats at a GlanceCENTMBU
Shots (on Goal)6 (4)11 (5)
Corner Kicks38
Yellow Cards21

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary Gents soccer team kicks off the 2016 season Thursday, Sept. 1 at Belhaven. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The Maroon and White, under the direction of interim head coach Kyle Symczak, will feature 16 newcomers that will suit up for their first game for the Maroon and White Thursday afternoon.

The Gents will continue a stretch of three games in five days when they open up home play at Mayo Field against Howard Payne on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. Centenary completes the stretch Tuesday, Sept. 6, at LeTourneau at 6 p.m.


The Match-Ups

Centenary at Belhaven

Jackson, Mississippi

Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m.


Howard Payne at Centenary

Shreveport, La.

Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.


Centenary at LeTourneau

Longview, Texas

Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.


Live Stats and Video

Live stats and video against Belhaven will be available via the Blazers website by clicking here. Live Stats will be available against Howard Payne by clicking here.

Fans are encouraged to follow the Centenary men’s soccer twitter account, @gentssoccer.


The All-Time Series

Centenary holds a 3-0 all-time advantage against Belhaven. However, the two teams have not met since the 2007 season, a 2-0 Gents victory. The Gents hold a 2-1 edge against Howard Payne, knocking off the Yellow Jackets 1-0 two years ago at Mayo Field.

Finally, the Gents hold an 18-3 lead in the all-time series against LeTourneau. However, the Yellow Jackets won the last three meetings.


Season Preview

While the Gents will be young in 2016 with 16 newcomers against only 10 returners (six returners of which are sophomores), Centenary soccer will be anchored by three seniors who have been a staple in the starting line-up since they stepped foot on the pitch for the Maroon and White.

Senior defender Shane Edmondson has appeared in at least 18 games every season of his collegiate career, totaling 55 games with 50 starts in his career. Senior midfielder Jeremy Klespis also has appeared in 55 games and has 47 starts. He finished second on the team with four goals in 2014. Despite no goals last season, he led the team with four assists, including the game-winner in the season-opening win against East Texas Baptist and against Southwestern – the first ever victory for the Gents against the Pirates.

Rounding out the class is senior goalkeeper Rylan Whan. Last season, he grabbed 115 saves in only 15 games, which is tied for the second-most stops in Gents soccer history. He finished 19th in the country with 7.67 saves per game, which is the ninth-best mark in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference history and the best tally since 2008.

He has etched his name in the record book as he currently sits second in career stops with 272 – 80 behind Scott Wright (1988-91). The last two seasons, he finished second and fourth in single-season saves. Whan sits eighth in career goals-against average at 2.39.

Junior goalkeeper Kaleb Behm represents the junior class. He is 2-4 in goal for the Gents, picking up a win in each of his first two seasons.

Sophomore midfielder/forward Nick Hammond leads the team among returners in goalss scored, finding the back of the net three times in 2015. Sophomore midfielder Braylen Hollins is the only other returner who scored in 2015. However, he made sure it was a memorable tally. On his first college shot, he found the back of the net in what proved to be the game winner against Southwestern Sept. 20 – the first Gents win against the Pirates in program history.

Sophomore midfielder Andre Anasi added an assist in 2015.

The contest against Belhaven marks the first game as a head coach for Centenary’s Kyle Symczak. Symczak, who played for four years for Lynchburg College, spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Gents soccer team.