Penalty Kick Leads UAB to Win over Gents
Wednesday, October 4, 2006


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Todd's goal in the 10th minute
gave the Gents the early lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A second half penalty kick led regionally-ranked UAB (6-4-1) to a 2-1 win over the Centenary men’s soccer team (3-9-0) Wednesday at West Campus Field, in Birmingham, Ala.

Drawing a penalty kick minutes after the intermission, Blazers senior Lukasz Kwapisz beat Centenary goalkeeper James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) on the spot kick for the game-winning goal in the 50th minute.

UAB, ranked No. 4 in the Midwest Region (NSCAA/Adidas), defended the one-goal lead for the remaining 40 minutes of the contest, capturing their sixth win of the season.

Both teams came out of the gates attacking Wednesday, both scoring goals early in the contest.

On a free kick opportunity just outside of the Blazers box, Gents sophomore Will Todd (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) beat UAB goalkeeper Wes Johnson to the lower-left corner of the net for his first goal of the season in the 10th minute, giving Centenary the early 1-0 lead.

Just 36 seconds following Todd’s opening goal for the Gents, UAB scored the equalizer when senior Jerson Monteiro scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 11th minute. Off a cross from midfielder Derick Radcliffe, Monteiro headed the ball into the top-right corner of the net, tying the game at 1-1.

The contest remained tied leading to Kwapisz game-winning penalty kick early in the second half.

Despite the loss, Speed made a season-high nine saves for the Gents, starting his sixth-straight game.

Offensively, junior midfielder Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) led Centenary with five shots in 90 minutes of play.

Centenary returns to Mid-Continent Conference play Saturday, hosting UMKC at Mayo Field at 3 p.m.