Gents Outlast Ouachita Baptist in Overtime
Sunday, October 9, 2005

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Box Score

Brody Sager

Stevie Longinotti

Ben Calderara

Donnie Henderson

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team continued their winning ways as they the survived a late Ouachita Baptist scoring push, taking home a victory 4-3 in overtime.  The Gents played the second hard fought contest in as many days, but remained undefeated this season at the friendly confines of Mayo Field.


“This homestand has really shown our guys what they can do,” said Centenary Head Coach Eric Mayo. “Pulling out these victories, on back-to-back days no less, let’s our guys know that they’ll be in a position to win games the rest of the year.”


Centenary (3-8-0, 1-1 Mid-Con) looked to have the game in hand early on, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime.  Sophomore Brody Sager put the first goal on the board, bending his cornerkick past the OBU keeper in the 15th minute.  Fellow sophomore Aaron Volanksi would add to the lead at the 28:30 mark, collecting a cross from Ben Calderara in front of the net, beating a defender, and firing the ball home.


Ouachita Baptist (3-6-0) would come out in the second half with fiery determination, cutting the Gent lead to one just five minutes into the second frame.  The Tigers Cory Leeder would score his first of two goals on the day off a missed clear, assisted by Phillip Pressley.


The Gents would respond quickly, pushing their lead to 3-1 in the 59th minute as freshman Stevie Longinotti scored his first collegiate goal thanks to crisp passing by Volanksi and Sager.  Not to be counted out, OBU pushed back as Leeder scored his second goal just three minutes later off a throw in by Mark Leonard.


Leeder wasn’t done on the scoring front after his two goals.  His assist in the 70th minute to Kyle Sun knotted the match at 3-3 and eventually would lead into Centenary’s first overtime game of the year.


It didn’t take long into the extra period for the Gents to put the match away.  Volanksi would score his second goal of the game at the 92:26 to give Centenary the victory.  Longinotti’s entry feed to Calderara created a smooth slide pass to Volanksi, who put the ball in the back of the net for his fourth goal in two games, including both game-winners.


“Our offense is finally starting to come around,” Mayo said. “And our guys are getting more and more confident as the season progresses, which will lead to good things.”


Defensively, Gents keeper Donnie Henderson picked up his second double-figure save match as he collected 10 in the contest.  Henderson is averaging just under eight saves a game.


“Donnie has been playing lights-out all season for us,” said Mayo. “His play has kept us in games all year, and he has been a crucial part in these wins for us.”


The Gents remain home as they take on Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland on Saturday at 3 p.m.