Gents Drop 1-0 Heartbreaker to LSUS in Front of Record Crowd
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
SHREVEPORT-With a record crowd on hand, the Centenary men's soccer team and the LSUS Pilots gave the community of Shreveport exactly what they needed in a 1-0 nail bitter that ended in favor of the visiting Pilots in the Mayor's Cup battle on Monday evening at Mayo Field.

The Gents (1-1) suffered their first loss of the season after a goal at the 81-minute mark by Nelson Zelaya of LSUS gave the visiting team the win.

Centenary maintained control most of the game and gave themselves many chances for success down the stretch. The Gents defense was again solid, holding LSUS to just seven total shots on the evening, compared to Centenary's 15.

"The outcome was unexpected, but that is the great dynamic of competition," said head coach David Orr. "Our defense was good as usual and our offense created the majority of the chances."

Centenary saw eight players reach the shot category, led by junior Spencer Nickerson's three shots. Seniors Kyle Mehnert, Marcos Rodriguez, Ben Barcelona, Ryan Christianson and RB Asenime each contributed with two attempts.

Junior goal keeper Robbie Ramirez played all 90 minutes in goal, collecting four saves.

With such a heartbreaking loss at home, playing for the Mayor's Cup, Orr and assistant coach Dragan Hinic feel as if the team gained a lot of respect in front of a record crowd benefitting the March of Dimes.

"I thought the Gents handled themselves with class and sportsmanship," said Orr. "There is no doubt that all of us are stunned by the result, yet the Gents' confidence is not shaken."

The Mayor's Cup event raised over $700 for the March of Dimes all off of food purchases and donations.

"It was a great turnout and it's awesome that we could raise that much money in one evening," said Orr. "We must all remember that the March of Dimes are the real winners tonight."

Centenary will return to action when it opens ASC play on Friday. The Gents hosts Schreiner at 4 pm on Mayo Field, followed by Texas Lutheran on Saturday at 3 pm.