Gents Overtaken in Final Minutes by Western Illinois
Saturday, October 23, 2004

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents missed posting their first Mid-Con conference win in the final seconds of Saturday’s match as Western Illinois came from behind to win 2-1 at Mayo field.


The first half was full of back and forth action with both teams having ample opportunities to score. The Gents used their backfield to push the ball up the field, hammering WIU’s keeper with shots until senior Jeffrey Krulin lofted the ball to a jumping Greg Clarke who headed in his first goal of the season in the 31st minute.  Eight minutes later, freshman Dustin Forward received his second red card of the year in a controversial altercation with a Leatherneck player.  The Gents played the next seven minutes one-man down ending the half with a 1-0 lead.


Showing no signs of slowing down, the Gents entered the second half with only ten players and were able to control the tempo of the very physical match.  In the 75th minute WIU’s Andy Swentik received the second red card of the afternoon by pulling down a Centenary player while battling for possession. Competing with the same number of players, both teams intensified their offensive attack, hungry for the conference win. 


Centenary’s defense held the Leathernecks scoreless despite their numerous shots on goal until WIU forward Lorenzo Zignago zigzagged his way into the box pushing the ball past Ransone Rose tying the match at the 87:48 mark. With just under one minute to go in the second half, the Leathernecks brought it back into Gents territory blasting a ball which hit the post and found WIU’s Nowaf Jaman's left foot for the game winner at the 89:52 mark.   


The Leathernecks increased their shot output in the second half, outshooting the Gents 17-11 for the game.  Rose had seven saves, which ties his season high, raising his total to 31 on the season.


Centenary continues their home stay hosting Dallas Baptist on Tuesday and will travel to Tulsa to battle Mid-Con opponent Oral Roberts on Saturday at 7 p.m.