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"Tearing Down the Net" w/ Tate McIntyre
Monday, September 13, 2010
Hi everyone and welcome to week three of my blog.

This past week was very eventful for Centenary men's soccer, and not necessarily in a good way. We opened up regular season play on Tuesday in Conway, Arkansas against UCA. The weather was perfect for soccer: cloudy and cool with a small amount of precipitation. The game was hard fought. After giving up a great individual goal early on, we tied the game through Heath Cox late in the first half. We easily dominated the second half, but gave up a fluke goal and lost the game 2-1. There were a number of positive things to look back on from the game, but it doesn't feel the same when you have not been victorious.

Despite these emotions, we had but two days to mentally prepare ourselves for Belmont in the first of two games in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday night. Once again, the weather was great in Nashville, and everyone was really excited for the game, as Belmont was the biggest test we had faced at this early point in the season. Two mistakes cost us goals in the first half, but we showed great character and grabbed a goal late on, going into halftime down just a goal. We traded goals with Belmont in the second half making the score 3-2, then we began to press in search of an equalizing goal. After throwing numbers into the attack we succumbed to Belmont's unrelenting counter attack and they were able to score two more goals. While the physical effort was there, it just seemed like there was no chemistry or teamwork within our team Friday night.

We had lost handily in our first game, but a winnable match against Lipscomb still loomed on Sunday. The team came out with good intensity and focus, and we looked good early on. However, mistakes once again cost us, and before we knew it we were down 2-0 at halftime. Aaron Bergman put us on the board late in the second half after Lipscomb added another goal, and the game ended 3-1 in their favor. It was once again a good physical effort from the team, but that cohesion and togetherness on the field just wasn't there. Hopefully we can iron out that flaw in our team before conference if not before the game against Houston Baptist next weekend.

This week I would like to congratulate Zac Farrar and Aaron Bergman for making the all-tournament team at Belmont, despite two lackluster performances by our team.

Thanks for reading.

-Tate