Gents Fall to Central Arkansas in Opener
Saturday, August 26, 2006

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Junior Aron Taylor

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s soccer team (0-1-0) opened the 2006 season with a 2-1 loss to the University of Central Arkansas (1-0-0) Saturday at Mayo Field.

In a foul-ridden game, with the two sides combining for over 40 fouls, Centenary fought until the final whistle, however the Gents were unable to overcome a two-goal deficit.

Down two goals with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, junior midfielder Aron Taylor (Calgary, Alberta/Western Canada) cut the Central Arkansas lead to a goal and started the Gents comeback effort. Junior Brody Sager (Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin) drove a low cross from the right flank, finding a cutting Taylor inside the Bears 18-yard penalty box. Taylor was able to control the cross and drive a shot into the lower-left corner of the net in the 84th minute.

The Gents continued to attack following the Taylor goal, however each scoring chance was thwarted away by the Central Arkansas defense and Centenary was unable to get the equalizing goal.

Central Arkansas opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when junior Matt Marlin pounced on a loose ball inside the Gents box. Marlin, last season’s leading scorer for the Bears, followed-up his own shot in the Centenary penalty area, striking the loose ball into the lower-left corner of the net and giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The Central Arkansas lead remained at one until Bears senior Nick Hankins ran onto a loose ball played behind the Centenary defense. With a Gents defender on his back, Hankins controlled the ball and struck a low shot past Centenary goalkeeper Donnie Henderson (Houston, Texas/Westfield) to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Despite being down by two goals, the Gents continued to press the Central Arkansas defense, leading to Taylor’s goal. Junior forward Ben Caldarera (Katy, Texas/Katy Taylor) led all players with six shots in the game, including several near-scoring opportunities.

Centenary was without head coach Eric Mayo for Saturday’s contest against the Bears, as Mayo had to serve a one-game suspension due to a red card infraction in the final game of the 2005 season. Centenary head women’s soccer coach Chase Wooten and assistant women’s coach Glenn Evans directed the team in Mayo’s place.

Watching the game from the stands, Mayo says his side must improve its attack in future contests.

"We’ve got to come out a bit stronger on the attack and take the game to the opponent," Mayo said.

Shots were in favor of Central Arkansas, 18-14.

Henderson, who was pulled late by Wooten for a tactical change, made four saves in the loss. Junior James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) made two saves in Henderson’s place.

Central Arkansas goalkeeper Chris Murphy made three saves in the win.

Centenary continues its homestand when it hosts Belhaven at Mayo Field Friday at 7 p.m.