Double-Overtime Thrill Ends in 2-2 Tie for Gents
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's soccer team opened up the 2009 season with a 2-2 double-overtime tie against William Carey on Tuesday night at Mayo Field.

Centenary (0-0-1) and William Carey each found themselves battling until the final minutes of each half as the Gents played a man down nearly half the game.

Coming out strong in the opening half, Centenary put up a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore Aaron Bergman from about 10 yards out on an assist by sophomore Brian Hurlburt at the 5:49 mark.

Midway through the first 45 minutes, junior Mo Assi found the back of the net on a header shot off a free kick from junior Josh Gomillion to give the Gents a quick 2-0 lead.

At the half, Centenary led 2-0, but William Carey found a way to narrow the deficit on its first goal by Jonny Fairbairn at the 78 minute-mark entering the final 45 minutes. With five minutes remaining in the game, the Crusaders' Rob Rogers found net on a direct shot to send the game into its first overtime.

It remained a stand-still game in each of the 10-minute overtimes until Hurlburt had a chance for the game-winner with less than one minute to go in the second overtime. His shot nearly found the back of the net, but was just wide of the post.  

Centenary junior goalkeeper Rennie Walker played all 120 minutes, garnering 13 saves on the night. William Carey's keeper Sean Mapson also played the entire match and finished with four saves.

As a team, the Gents put up 15 total shots, led by Hurlburt with four, while the Crusaders had 32 shots.

"We came out very determined and we played that way. Playing with a man down nearly half the game was tough," said Head Coach David Orr.

"Our defense did fine job. It is just unfortunate that we opened up so well with two great shots, but found ourselves trying to gain the momentum back near the end. We were the stronger team down the stretch."

"I give credit to Rennie (Walker) for the saves he made. He really stepped up tonight for us," said Orr.

Centenary will be back in action on Monday, Sept. 7 when it travels to Alabama-Birmingham for a 1 p.m. afternoon start.