Gents Soccer Off to Best Start in Nearly 30 Years, Clips LeTourneau 1-0
Senior Rylan Whan pitched his seventh career shutout, stopping a penalty kick in the fifth minute.
Gents Soccer Off to Best Start in Nearly 30 Years, Clips LeTourneau 1-0
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Centenary (LA) (3-0)
LeTourneau (1-1-1)
9/6/2016 | Longview, TX | Attendance: 75
Centenary (LA)011
CENTM70:52Seth Fountain (Andre Anasi )
CENTMRylan Whan90:0002
LETUBrian Howell90:0016
Stats at a GlanceCENTMLETU
Shots (on Goal)11 (7)10 (2)
Corner Kicks34
Yellow Cards52

LONGVIEW, Texas – Better Late than never.

The Gents only managed one shot on goal and failed to score in the first period for the first time in 2016, but Centenary (3-0) got on the board in the 71st minute to hold on for the 1-0 win against LeTourneau (1-1-1).

“It’s always tough to get a result on the road, and the guys really battled for the win,” said head coach Kyle Symczak. “We knew it was going to be difficult because LeTourneau has a really good team, and we are happy to get the win.”

With the win, the Gents are 3-0 for the first time since the 1987 season. In that year, Centenary finished 20-1-1, recording wins in its first nine contests.

Both teams only managed one shot on target in the first half, but the Maroon and White picked up the momentum in the second. Outshooting LeTourneau 2-1 in shots on target in the first 25 minutes of the second half, Centenary finally found the back of the net in the 71st minute. Freshman Gabe Rodriguez saw his shot saved. Seconds later right of the box, sophomore Andre Anassi served the ball across the field to classmate Seth Fountain, who scored left side to put Centenary up 1-0.

“Andre did a good job getting down the line and putting in a dangerous service. Seth did well to keep his shot low, and it was a clinical finish,” said Symczak.

The YellowJackets had a golden opportunity to hand Centenary its first deficit in the fifth minute. After a foul in the box, LeTourneau received a penalty kick. Senior Centenary goalkeeper Rylan Whan anticipated right corner, and that is where exactly LeTourneau’s Zachary Malik went as Whan knocked the ball away.

For the game, Centenary outshot LeTourneau 12-9, including 7-2 in shots on target. Whan improved to 3-0 on the season in goal for the Maroon and White, stopping both shots faced for his second-consecutive shutout.

With seven career shutouts, Whan now ranks fifth all-time in Centenary history in that category.

Brian Howell took the loss in goal for the YellowJackets, allowing a score on seven shots faced.

Centenary returns to action Friday night, September 9, in its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game of the season. The Gents face Austin College in Sherman, Texas, at 2 p.m.