Gents Soccer Earns First Ever Mid-Con Victory
Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Box Score

Brody Sager

Donnie Henderson

Osama Buazza

J.J. Meyer

SHREVEPORT – In a contest that saw timely scoring, big time saves, and plenty of confrontation, the Centenary men’s soccer team won their first ever Mid-Continent Conference match with a 3-2 victory over visiting IUPUI.


Sophomore Aaron Volanksi’s goal in the 87th minute, his second of the match, would prove to be the game-winner.  The Gent captain collected a swing pass from Brody Sager at the top of the box and fired it through traffic and past IUPUI keeper Drew Deffner.  Sager also assisted on Volanksi’s first goal, a header off a corner from the far post.


“It’s nice to finally get that first win,” Head Coach Eric Mayo said after the game, “just to get it out of the way.  I told my guys all season that our hard early schedule would prepare us for conference, and that we can definitely play with these guys and win some games.”


IUPUI (3-8-1, 0-3 Mid-Con) didn’t make the Gents win an easy one, as the Jaguars played Centenary (2-8-0, 1-1 Mid-Con) strong from opening to closing whistle.  The hard fought contest would see a total of 30 fouls, including eight cautions, with neither team willing to concede an inch of the field to the other.


Although the game went into halftime scoreless, IUPUI had a pair of perfect opportunities to post a two-goal lead early on.  The Jaguars’ Cameron Williams nailed what he thought was a perfect rifle of a shot past Gents keeper Donnie Henderson in the 23rd minute, but instead hit teammate Chris Wey in the back, clearing the ball from in front of the net.  Wey would have a shot of his own to score just two minutes later, but his sure-fire header was blocked in goal by Centenary’s Osama Buazza, keeping the game tied 0-0.


The Jaguars would take the initial lead in the 50th minute when Wesley Louissaint’s diving header from Adrian Conrad found the back of the net.  Centenary would respond less than five minutes later with the header by Volanksi.  Not to be outdone, IUPUI scored another five minutes after that, this time by Conrad from Vangel Nacovski.


As time ticked down, Centenary put the pressure on the Jags for the remainder of the second half.  Already finding success on the assist market, Sager would serve another ball into IUPUI’s box, this time drawing a hand ball and a penalty kick for the Gents.  Senior J.J. Meyer wouldn’t disappoint, knotting the game at 2-2 in the 77th minute with the goal.


Henderson proved to be a solid force between the pipes once again.  He collected nine saves on the day, including several spectacular and athletic plays, which garnered plenty of “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the Centenary faithful on hand.


Centenary remains at home for a match on Sunday against visiting Ouachita Baptist at Mayo Field.  Game time is set for 1 p.m.