Gents Fall to Tyler in Exhibition, 5-4
Saturday, August 19, 2006

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Junior Osama Buazza

SHREVEPORT - In a high-scoring affair, the Centenary men’s soccer team fell 5-4 to Tyler Junior College at Mayo Field Saturday evening.

Playing three 30-minute periods, the Gents were unable to capitalize on a 3-0 lead in the first period, conceding four-straight goals to the Apaches and facing a barrage of shots.

Down 4-3 in the final period, Centenary was able to even the score when junior Osama Buazza (Houston/Mayde Creek) hit a heavy shot into the top-right corner of the net from just inside the penalty area. Buazza had gotten behind the Tyler defense and found the top of the net for the equalizer.

A little over four minutes following Buazza’s game-tying goal, Apache midfielder Leight Craven broke free in the Gents penalty area and beat Centenary goalkeeper James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) for the game-winner.

The Gents opened the contest in spectacular fashion, as junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) capitalized on a Apache turnover deep in the Tyler defensive third. Volanski drove to the Apache net and beat Tyler goalkeeper Devala Gorrick low for the goal.

Goals by Buazza and junior Brody Sager (Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin) followed Volanski’s opening tally.

Shots were in favor of Tyler, 23-8, led by five shots by forward Juan Rodriguez. Rodriguez led the Apaches with two goals in the contest.

Buazza led Centenary with two goals.

Gents starting goalkeeper Donnie Henderson (Houston/Westfield) had six saves in the contest.

With the exhibition season now concluded, Centenary opens the regular season against Central Arkansas at Mayo Field next weekend. The Gents look to build upon its 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas during the spring exhibition season.