Western Illinois Tops Gents in Mid-Con Opener
Thursday, September 18, 2003

MACOMB, ILL.—The Centenary Gents soccer team was toppled by Western Illinois 5-0 on Wednesday night to open Mid-Continent Confernce play. The match was the first conference contest for any Centenary sport since the school left the Trans America Athletic Conference (now the Atlantic Sun Conference) in May of 1999.

Western (4-1-0, 1-0-0) tallied the game winning goal in the 22nd minute on an acrobatic shot by Nowaf Jaman. Jaman received a crossing pass from P.J. Blackford and sent a bicycle kick past Centenary goalkeeper Stefan Nicola.

The Leathernecks tallied the second goal in the 35th minute, with Daniel Bustos recording his team-leading third goal of the season on a touch and go play with Justin Langan.

Western’s third goal came just after halftime in the 46th minute, as Sean McMullen took a pass from Bob Wallace on a corner kick from Langan.

Langan tallied a goal and two assists on the night. His goal, the second of the season, was the fourth on the night for Western and came on a penalty kick.

The final goal came in the 83rd minute by Matt Wieclaw with an assist from Brett Thomas and Nickolas Bohnenkamp.

Stefan Nicola recorded 12 saves in the loss while the Gents managed only four shots in the match. Centenary will return to action on September 25th when they host IUPUI at 7 p.m.