Defense Helps Gents Record Win
Saturday, September 6, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Head coach David Orr got his first collegiate win on Saturday night, as the Gents were victorious, 1-0, over Missouri State in the final match of the Missouri State Tournament. This was the first win for Centenary over MSU in school history.


Centenary was outshot in the first half, but it still found a way to score midway through the period. Sophomore Brian Hurlburt hit paydirt on an assist from junior Todd Faulkinberry in the 25th minute from 30-yards to give the Gents a lead.


The Bears got only one shot got into the hands of sophomore Rennie Walker, as he was 1-for-1 on save opportunities. Offensively for Centenary, junior Mo Assi and senior Will Todd each led Centenary with two shots.


The second 45 minutes was another defensive struggle, as neither team could put the ball into the back of the net. The Gents had five shots on goal, while their defense held MSU to just two attempts in the second half.


Though Centenary was outshot in the match 15-10, it was the defense that played outstanding. The Gents back row kept MSU from putting a serious shot on goal, as both of the Bears attempts in the second half were rollers to Walker.


After the match, four Gents were named to the all-tournament team. Receiving the honors was senior Will Todd, junior Mo Assi, sophomore Brian Hurlburt and freshman Jihad Elaydi.

 Centenary will see its next action on Friday and Saturday at the Central Arkansas Tournament against Belmont and Bowling Green.