Gents Play Great First Half, Fall 2-0 to UAB
Monday, September 7, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The Centenary men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to University of Alabama-Birmingham on Labor Day.  

The Gents (0-1-1) and Blazers battled out a scoreless first half, but UAB found a way to net two goals in the second half to send Centenary home with a tough loss.

"We played just fine in the first half," said head coach David Orr.

Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, UAB put up the first goal on a header shot by Victor Sambade into a wide open net.

With that goal, it remained a 1-0 game for most of the final 45 minutes of play until Babayele Sodade netted the second goal for the Blazers late in the half at the 83-minute mark.

The Gents put up two final shots with under 10 minutes to play, but freshman Ethan Miller's shot went just wide and sophomore Brian Hurlburt's was saved by the UAB keeper.

Centenary junior goal keeper Rennie Walker tallied seven saves on the game, playing all 90 minutes of the match, while UAB goalie, Carl Woszczynski, had five saves. 

The Gents were led offensively by junior Zac Farrar, who had two shots, both on goal. Sophomores Hurlburt, Tate McIntyre and John McHugh each had one shot on goal for Centenary.

As a team, Centenary put up seven shots to the Blazers' 26.

"In order to beat a good team like UAB, we have to put two good halves together. We broke down a little in the final half," said Orr.

"Our goal is to keep working hard as we head into the tournament this weekend."

Centenary will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete in the Oral Roberts' tournament this weekend. The Gents will meet Houston Baptist at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by UNLV on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.