Gents Soccer Falls to Nationally Ranked Missouri State
Friday, September 9, 2005

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Head Coach
Eric Mayo

Michael Smith

SPRINGFIELD, Mo – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their second match of the year to a nationally ranked opponent, this time by a 4-0 margin to #11 Missouri State.  The Gents had previously lost to Memphis when the Tigers were ranked #24 in the country.


Missouri State (3-0) jumped to a quick lead with a goal in the seventh minute.  The Bears would add two more first half goals at the 28:12 and 32:29 marks to take a 3-0 lead going into halftime.


“Offensively, I thought we played better,” head coach Eric Mayo said.  “I saw a lot of good things that we can build on, as we gave a decent showing against the number eleven team in the nation.”


Sophomore Aaron Volanksi again led the Gents (0-3) on the offensive front, launching four shots on the Bears defense from the midfield.  Fellow sophomore Michael Smith added a pair of shots in his first action in Maroon and White after missing the first two games of the year with an injury.


While the first half saw the brunt of scoring in the match, the second half had more than it’s share of fouls.  Missouri State had 25 fouls on the day, including 18 in the second half, to Centenary’s 11.


“This is our hardest schedule in years,” Mayo said, “as shown by us having already played two nationally ranked teams. If we continue to play this well against quality opponents, it bodes well for us come conference play.”  


The Gents continue play in the Missouri State tournament tomorrow as they take on Bradley at 5 p.m.