Gents Soccer Drops Season Opener to #24 Memphis 4-0
Saturday, September 3, 2005

Donnie Henderson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Centenary men’s soccer team fell 4-0 to nationally ranked Memphis at the seventh-annual Memphis Diadora Tournament.  The match was the season opener for both the Gents and the #24 Tigers.


Centenary survived an early barrage of shots, giving up a lone first half goal in the 23rd minute.  Gents keeper Donnie Henderson collected nine saves on the day, three in the first half.


The second half saw Memphis continue their onslaught, firing 13 shots in the second stanza compared to the Gents four.  The Tigers would score three goals in less than a six-minute span to put the game away, scoring at the 73:38, 77:43, and 79:09 marks.


A rash of injuries in the days preceding the match forced the Gents to play with limited bench personnel.  Centenary used just two substitutions in the contest, playing a just a combined 37 minutes.


Centenary will face Belmont in their second match of the tournament on Monday at 5 p.m.  The Bruins suffered a heartbreaking 3-2, last-second, double-overtime loss to Mid-Continent Conference preseason favorite Oral Roberts in the opening game.