No. 1 SMU Shuts Out Gents
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

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Donnie Henderson

DALLAS -- The No. 1 team in the country lived up to the billing Tuesday, as Southern Methodist University (7-0-0) shut out the Centenary men’s soccer team (1-5-0), 8-0, at Westcott Field, in Dallas.

Ranked No. 1 nationally (NSCAA/Adidas), SMU exploded for a season-high eight goals against the Gents Tuesday, led by two goals and two assists by senior Chase Wileman.

Wileman put the Mustangs ahead in the first 10 minutes of the contest, scoring his first goal of the season in the 8th minute.

The senior midfielder had a hand in SMU’s second goal of the game, scored by sophomore Scott Geppert in the 23rd minute. Attacking the Centenary net, Wileman dished the ball to Geppert, who held onto the ball long enough to pull junior Donnie Henderson (Houston/Westfield) out of the net and place an angled shot into the goal for his second tally of the season.

Geppert would score his second goal of the contest just 10 minutes later, heading a cross in from junior Scott Corbin in the 33rd minute.

SMU held the 3-0 lead into the half, however the scoring floodgates opened for the Mustangs following the intermission, as SMU would score five second-half goals.

Sophomores Richard Oliva and Manuel Mariel, along with senior Jay Needham and freshman Jaime Benitez had goals for SMU in the second half.

Although scoring eight goals, the stout SMU defense showed its muscle, registering the sixth shutout of the season for the Mustangs.

Playing just a half, senior goalkeeper Matt Wideman picked up the win for the Mustangs, combining with junior Steve Sanbo for the shutout.

Centenary opens Mid-Continent Conference play Saturday, traveling to Oakland University for a 12 p.m. game at Oakland Soccer Field.