Gents Fall to Central Arkansas 4-3 in Spring Soccer Exhibition
Thursday, March 30, 2006

Dustin Forward

Brody Sager

Osama Buazza

Ben Caldarera

CONWAY, Ark.- Centenary’s men’s soccer team dropped their first exhibition game of the spring season with a 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas Wednesday afternoon.  The Gents traveled with a shorthanded bench consisting of just one position substitution and one reserve goalkeeper, forcing the entire squad to play the full 90 minutes each.


Falling behind 1-0, the Gents knotted the game as Dustin Forward’s header off Brody Sager’s corner kick found the back of the net.


Aaron Volanski scored Centenary’s second goal with assists from Osama Buazza and Ben Caldarera.  Newcomer Gabe Silvas netted the third goal unassisted.


“We played well,” head coach Eric Mayo said after the loss.  “Unfortunately we had to deal with some unfavorable field conditions and some serious injury issues that limited our availability.”


“Although we started off a bit slow, it was a good test offensively and we got to work on some plays we’ve been practicing.  Defensively, we need to be a bit tougher mentally and work on our communication.  But, of course, that’s why we play these exhibitions.”


When asked about the roster disparities, Mayo could only shrug it off with a laugh.


“With all their reserve players,” Mayo said, “they’d sub in six guys at a time and just run right at us.  It was like watching a hockey game.  Besides the last 10 minutes or so, when anybody’s team would be dead tired, we handled it pretty well.”


The Gents next travel to face Southern Methodist in spring play on April 6, in Dallas.