Gents Defeat UMKC in Overtime
Saturday, October 7, 2006

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Volanski scored the game-winner
seven minutes into overtime

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A penalty kick by Aaron Volanski in overtime led the Centenary men’s soccer team (4-9-0, 2-2-0) to a 2-1 win over UMKC (1-10-1, 1-2-0) Saturday at Mayo Field.

Remaining undefeated in Mid-Continent Conference games at home, Volanski deftly placed the ball into the top-right corner of the net for the game-winning goal seven minutes into the overtime period, erupting into celebration after scoring his fifth goal of the season.

The Gents drew the penalty kick in overtime when freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein) was brought down near the right edge of the UMKC penalty area. Behind the Kangaroo defense, Rifai was tripped from behind by a trailing UMKC defender, leading to Volanski’s penalty conversion.

Now with a 2-2-0 record and six points in conference games, the Gents moved into third place in the Mid-Con standings following Saturday’s conference play. The top four teams at the conclusion of the conference season advance to the Mid-Con Tournament, played Nov. 3-5 in Rochester, Mich.

"I told the guys that if we win our conference games, we would have a good chance to advance to the conference tournament," Centenary head coach Eric Mayo said following Saturday’s win. "Hopefully we can win against Western Illinois next weekend."

Centenary fell behind early when Garret Guthrie volleyed a flick by Kyle Brewer in the 16th minute. Off a corner by junior Richard Harris, Brewer broke towards the right-near post, flicking the ball with his head across the goalmouth to a free Guthrie. Guthrie quickly volleyed the ball into the roof of the net for his second goal of the season.

UMKC protected the lead through the remainder of the first half.

In the second half, the Gents went on the attack, fighting for the game-tying goal.

In the 71st minute, Rifai chose an opportune time to score his fourth goal of the season. Continuing to develop in his freshman season, Rifai controlled a quick pass from Volanski on the right side of UMKC penalty area. Finding time to strike a clean shot on the UMKC net, Rifai tucked the ball into the left side-netting of the goal, tying the game at 1-1 with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation.

With overtime approaching, the Gents benefitted from a bit of luck with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

After junior goalkeeper James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) made a diving save on a shot by Ryan Kaufman, UMKC forward Bryan Perez struck the rebound against the crossbar, leading to the extra period and Volanski’s game-winning penalty kick.

Picking up has third win of the season, Speed made a season-high 10 saves Saturday.

On the attack, junior Brody Sager (Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin) led all players with four shots in the win.

Looking to build momentum after Saturday’s win, Centenary returns to action Oct. 14, hosting Mid-Con leaders Western Illinois at Mayo Field at 3 p.m.