Gents Earn 2-0 Decision over Belhaven
Friday, September 1, 2006


Files associated with this release:
Final Stats


Junior Dustin Forward scored the Gents
second goal in the win Friday.

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A goal and an assist by junior Dustin Forward led the Centenary men’s soccer team (1-1-0) to a 2-0 win over Belhaven College (1-1-0) Friday at Mayo Field.

Playing several dangerous services into the Belhaven penalty area throughout the game, Forward often attacked down the right flank, getting around the outside defender and creating an opportunity on goal.

It was in the 10th minute that Forward beat the final defender and served a low cross just in front of the Blazers net. Junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) cut in between several Belhaven defenders and got onto the Forward cross, sliding to redirect the ball into the left-side netting of the goal to give Centenary the 1-0 advantage.

Playing with the lead for majority of the contest, the Gents struck again in the 72nd minute when Forward volleyed a Will Todd (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) free kick into the top of the net. Todd served a flighted ball from just over 40 yards away from the net and Forward had enough room to volley the ball past Belhaven goalkeeper Ashley Thorpe.

Registering Centenary’s first multi-point game of the season and scoring his first goal of 2006, Forward, a native of Katy, Texas, credited his play to effort mixed with a little luck.

"I played with a lot of intensity (Friday night) and was in the right spot at the right time," Forward said.

Not to be missed in the victory was the play of the Centenary defense, which kept most Belhaven opportunities to the perimeter, allowing Gents junior goalkeeper Donnie Henderson (Houston/Westfield) full vision of the ball and an opportunity to react and make a clean save. Henderson ended with five saves in the shutout win.

Shots were in favor of Centenary, 14-12, in the game. Volanski led all players with five shots.

Thorpe made four saves for Belhaven in the loss.

Tempers flared early and often in Friday evenings contest, as 11 yellow cards -- including one ejection -- were issued during the 90 minutes of play.

In its next game, Centenary faces perhaps its toughest test of the season, visiting nationally-ranked University of South Carolina Tuesday.

Asked what his team needs to do in order to be successful against the highly-touted Gamecocks, Centenary head coach Eric Mayo says his team must not be overwhelmed.

"We need to be organized defensively, going in with a high work ethic and have confidence," Mayo said.