Gents Soccer Reloads to Tie Valpo 2-2
Saturday, October 2, 2004

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents reloaded in the second half to even the score after trailing early to force double overtime against Valporaiso Saturday evening at Mayo field. The match ended 2-2 in Centenary’s second double overtime tie of the season.

Minutes into the first half, Valparaiso defender Nate Hyde pulled the ball deep into the left corner sending a cross to Jon Brighton, who scored the first of his two goals at the 3:16 mark. The first half ended with the Crusaders on top 1-0.

After the break, Valpo’s Brighton scored his second goal of match at the 54th minute. Despite being down by two, the Gents regrouped and began dominating offensively for the remainder of the half. Senior Jeffery Krulin found junior J.J. Meyer open in the middle for the Gents first goal at the 64:51 mark. Aggressive play continued as freshman Ben Caldarera faked out the goalie pushing it to the far right corner tying the match and forcing it into overtime.

The Gents had two chances to take the match during the overtime periods. Senior Ryan Nicholson weaved through the Valpo defense and angled a hard shot to the left resulting in a brilliant save by Valpo keeper Jeff Oleck. As the final seconds ticked away, senior Jack Goodloe took Centenary’s last offensive attempt by blazing by a Valpo defender and hammering the ball off the cross bar.

The match ended with Valpo outshooting the Gents 15-14, although Centenary had a 6-1 edge on corners. Freshman keeper James Speed made four saves while Jeff Oleck made three stops in goal for the Crusaders.

The Gents (1-5-2) go back on the road as they challenge Drury (3-3-1) Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Hutchens field. Centenary faced the Panthers earlier this season, where the teams tied 1-1.