Gents Lose Well-Played Match to Oakland, 1-0
Saturday, October 18, 2003



Shreveport—The Centenary Gents soccer team played well against Oakland University despite losing 1-0 Saturday night at Mayo Field. The Grizzlies were favored in the Mid-Con preseason poll to win the conference and were ranked in the top 25 for several weeks earlier in the year.

Centenary (1-11-1, 0-4-1 Mid-Con) controlled the offensive tempo early but could not cash in on several lapses by the Oakland defense. The Gents’ best chance at a score came in the first half when Greg Clarke slipped behind the defense and launched a strong shot at keeper Jeff Wiese, only to have the Grizzlies’ netminder make a diving save.

Oakland (6-3-4, 2-1 Mid-Con) capitalized on a defensive let down in the first half for the only score of the match as Philip Braathen dribbled into the box, lost the ball, regained possession, and then found the back of the net. The goal was the fifth on the season for Braathen.

The Gents outshot Oakland for the match 12-10 and held a first half advantage of 7-3. Centenary also earned six corner kicks compared to four for the Grizzlies. Keeper Stefan Nicola recorded three saves on the evening for the Gents.

Centenary will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match.