Gents Send Seniors Off with 1-0 Shutout Win
Sunday, October 17, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's soccer team used an unusual bicycle kick that found the back of the net off the foot of senior Heath Cox to secure its first win of the season, a 1-0 shutout on Saturday evening over Houston Baptist in non-conference action.

The Gents (1-5-2) were able to send their nine seniors home victorious after producing an all-around solid effort, both on the offensive end and defensively, highlighted by sophomore reserve keeper Robbie Ramirez's late game heroics in goal.

Junior Marcos Rodriguez found Cox, who fired off the game-winner at the 19-minute mark, which gave Centenary the 1-0 lead early in the game.

Strong defense in the back from juniors RB Asenime, Ryan Christianson, sophomore Spencer Nickerson and senior Micah Goodwin held Houston Baptist without a score.

Centenary fired off 13 shots to Houston Baptist's 17, led by Cox with three attempts.

Senior Dragan Hinic put up two, while junior Kyle Mehnert added one shot on goal.

Ramirez garnered his first win of the year, shutting out the Huskies with four saves in 88 minutes played, including two game-saving stops with less than three minutes to play.

Centenary made several impressive attempts to gain a larger advantage, including a perfect strike from Mehnert and a shot from Hinic that landed just wide.

Houston Baptist saw a chance to tie the game at the 73-minute mark, but junior Ben Barcelona was able to slide into the open net and force the ball out without giving the Huskies an opportunity.

The Gents tallied six corner kicks to Houston Baptist's four.

Centenary will continue league play on Saturday, Oct. 23 when it travels to IUPUI for a pivotal contest.