Gents Fall 5-2 in Home Finale to Birmingham-Southern
Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Box Score

JJ Meyer

Wes Hardin

Jon Wright

Dustin Forward

Brody Sager

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their last home contest of the 2005 season to visiting Birmingham-Southern, 5-2.  Senior J.J. Meyer scored the second of the Gents two goals in his final appearance at Mayo Field, which also marked the end of home play for Wes Hardin and Jon Wright.


By no means would Centenary (3-10-0) bid their seniors farewell without a fight, as the Gents played hard and aggressively the entire match.  Centenary was whistled for 21 fouls and five yellow cards, as well as picking up 11 offsides calls in their pursuit for the goal.


Birmingham-Southern (8-4-1) was just as aggressive, having never defeated the Gents in program history and looking for that elusive first victory.  The Panthers were credited with 24 fouls, six yellow cards, and a red card as they finally pulled out a victory.


The Panthers posted their first goal in the 37th minute, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.  Birmingham-Southern would then add another two goals in the 53rd and 68th minutes.


Centenary took advantage of the red card given to the Panthers at the 71:32 mark, scoring on the ensuing free kick.  Sophomore Dustin Forward took the feed from Brody Sager at the top of the box for his first goal of his career.


Not finished scoring, Birmingham-Southern added another goal in the 78th minute.  Seconds later, Meyer would take a long pass of the kickoff, use some fancy maneuvering on the surprised keeper, and easily dribble the ball into the back of the net.  Aaron Volanski was credited for the heads-up assist.


The Panthers would put their final goal on the board as time wound down, scoring with just 12 ticks left on the clock.


Despite giving up the five goals, Gents keeper Donnie Henderson collected nine saves on a busy night where BSC took 31 shots.


Although Centenary is finished with their home portion of the 2005 schedule, the Gents have four road contest remaining.  The Gents travel to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to take on Lipscomb in a tune-up for Mid-Continent Conference action against defending tournament champion Western Illinois, UMKC, and defending regular season champions Oral Roberts.