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Nickerson's game-winner gives Gents first home win
Sunday, September 16, 2012 | by Chad Nelson

SHREVEPORT—Freshman Cullen Gallet’s early goal and senior Spencer Nickerson’s late-game heroics carried Centenary College to a double-overtime win against the Millsaps Majors, 2-1, in men’s college soccer action.

The rainy weather did not stop the Gents as they improve to 2-3, winning at Mayo Field for the first time this season. Millsaps fell to 1-4-1 overall. Centenary returns to the field Sept. 21 at Austin College at 2 p.m. for its first-ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) contest. The next match at Mayo Field is the following Sunday against Hendrix College at 3 o’clock.

The game started off with Centenary’s high energy pressuring the Millsaps defense early. Senior Adam Ghaemmaghami and sophomore midfielder Kellen Klaus challenged the Majors’ goalie first. It wasn’t until shortly after in the 19th minute that Zachary Kidder took advantage of a breakaway and assisted Gallet for his first goal of the year.

The second half was a different story for Millsaps as they came out with great intensity attacking Centenary’s defense. The strong defenders for the Gents continued to battle Millsaps experienced senior Chucky Hayden throughout the half. Sophomore Gabriel Zahm deflected and cleared many goal attempts from the Millsaps offensive front.

In the closing minute, trailing 1-0, Hayden was able to capitalize on a corner kick tying, forcing overtime.

The first overtime consisted of Millsaps tallying up shots as senior Robbie Ramirez added to his saves total. Millsaps took four shots in the first overtime, but failed to capitalize.

The second overtime began after only a two-minute break and both teams were exhausted, but the intensity still lingered. Zahm, Klaus, and Brandon Heim held their defensive line, causing an offsides penalty against the Majors. The Gents quickly moved up the field as Zahm deflected the ball in the direction of Nickerson. After a few quick moves, Nickerson found the back for the game-winner in the game’s 100th minute.

Gents fifth-year head coach David Orr deemed Gabriel Zahm player of the game. He also commented on how his team was able to collect themselves after the tying goal from Millsaps.

“I don’t get them to collect themselves,” Orr said. “They knew what they did wrong, and they wanted to make amends for that. We have a very good record in overtime in the past four years. It really comes down to find a way to finish your moment. It’s all about the heart.”