Soccer Drops 4-0 Contest to Missouri State
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-Despite an 11-shot effort by the Centenary men's soccer team, the Gents were downed by Missouri State, 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Centenary fell to 0-4-1 on the season with the non-conference loss.

In the early minutes of play, Missouri State scored first off a shot by Heath Melugin that reached open net to put the Bears up 1-0 at the 3:46 mark.

Centenary managed to put up two shots by sophomore Marcos Rodriguez and senior Todd Faulkinberry, but neither were successful.

Missouri State executed a corner kick that resulted in its second goal of the game when David Buckenheimer sent a header shot into the back of the net.

Five minutes later, the Bears scored their third goal by Johannes Demarzi to go up 3-0 as they headed into halftime.

Centenary had its only first-half shot on goal by sophomore Brian Hulburt late in the half at the 38-minute mark.

Entering the final 45 minutes of play, junior Heath Cox tried for goal, but the shot was saved by the team. With 62 minutes of play behind them, the Bears' Melugin netted his second goal of the game to give Missouri State a 4-0 advantage with less than 30 minutes to play.

Sophomore Ryan Christianson had Centenary's third shot on goal, but was saved by the Missouri State team at 70 minutes, while Faulkinberry barely missed a goal in the same possession, when the ball was saved off the post.

Back-to-back header shots with five minutes to play by sophomore Tate McIntyre and Faulkinberry were each wide as the Bears walked away with a 4-0 win.

Centenary, as a team, had 11 shots, led by Faulkinberry with three and McIntyre with two. Missouri State tallied 18 total shots with eight on goal.

Freshman Robbie Ramirez was in goal all 90 minutes, racking up four saves, while Bears' keeper Alex Riggs had one save.

The Gents will be back in action on Sunday as they host Central Baptist College at 2 p.m.