Oakland Ends Gents Home Win Streak
Saturday, October 15, 2005

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Ben Calderara

Will Todd

Donnie Henderson

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer home winning streak ended at three after falling to Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland 2-0.  The Gents had previously been undefeated at the Mayo Field this season with a record of 3-0-0.


In what would prove to be a well-fought match, Centenary and Oakland played even through the first 45 minutes, going into halftime with a scoreless draw.  Both squads spent significant time on the offensive side of the ball, but neither team could find away past their opponents keeper.


Centenary (3-9-0, 1-2-0 Mid-Con) just missed out on taking a 1-0 lead into the break as Ben Calderara’s header of off Will Todd’s free kick sailed just wide of the post in the 43rd minute.


The second half saw more action, as well as extra aggressiveness of both teams trying to climb the Mid-Con standings.  The extra drive created extra fouls however, as four cautions were shown and team fouls more than doubled from 10 in the first half to 24 in the second.


Oakland (6-6-0, 2-1-0 Mid-Con) put what would be the game-winning goal on the board in the 62nd minute.  Dave Stoffel dribbled down the left side, sliding the ball to fellow Wade Allan who’s one-touch pass to Doron Drai set up the score.  The Golden Grizzlies would add a cushion goal ten minutes later at the 71:03 mark, as Jim Denk scored with an assist from Brian Graham.


The game also saw two of the most active keepers in the Mid-Con go head to head.  Saves leader Donnie Henderson of Centenary picked up five in the loss, while third ranked OU keeper Jeff Wiese grabbed six in the shutout.


Centenary hosts Birmingham-Southern in their next home game, the final men’s match of the season at Mayo Field, on Thursday, September 20.  The Gents will honor seniors Wes Hardin, J.J. Meyer, and Jon Wright for their careers with the Centenary program as part of “Senior Night”.  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.