"Tearing Down the Net" w/ Tate McIntyre
Monday, October 18, 2010

Hello everyone, thanks for reading my blog today.

While Saturday night's game against Houston Baptist was our first break from conference play and did not have any implications on our post season aspirations, it also served a very important purpose as far as our season is concerned. The game gave us a chance to earn our first official win of the season, a chance to build confidence heading into the most crucial part of the year, and most importantly, a chance to give our seniors a night to remember as Saturday was also Centenary Men's Soccer Senior Night.

Houston Baptist is a foe that we are all too familiar with, having played them five times in the last three years. Each match was hotly contested and very close. We lost a close game on their home field earlier this year, which added a little more fuel to the fire.

We arrived at the field fifteen minutes earlier than usual to do our pregame duties, as the senior night ceremonies would take up a little extra time before the game. Once all of the duties were finished everyone had a chance to head out to the field for individual warm ups, a time in which everyone loosens up the muscles, gets used to the field and the conditions, and prepares mentally for the game.

Individual warm up went well and everyone was clearly ready to leave everything on the field that night. Team warm-ups were slightly different than normal, as there were a few changes to the groups that were preparing together, since a couple of seniors were given the start and some of the usual starters were moved to the reserves. Regardless, everyone on the team prepared quite well and it was time to enjoy the senior night ceremonies. Each senior met with family members out on the field and was acknowledged by everyone for their accomplishments on and off the field at Centenary.

After the ceremonies, a new kind of attitude swept over the team. We all seemed boosted by the previously held ceremonies and everyone was determined to do whatever it took for senior night to be perfect.

Houston Baptist came out on fire, and nearly scored on the first possession of the game. Our new look lineup settled in however, and we began to enjoy the greater share of possession and scoring chances. With about fifteen minutes to play in the first half. Heath Cox attempted an ambitious bicycle kick which found the net and astonished everyone in attendance. Heath's fourth goal of the season gave us a great lift. We took the lead into half time and were determined to keep it.

Robbie Ramirez, who gave Rennie Walker a rest in goal for the night, was phenomenal in the goal. Houston Baptist threw everything they had us for the rest of the game, but Robbie made a number of saves on point blank scoring chances by HBU. We survived a number of scary moments throughout the game, but in the end we came away with what was our first win of the season, our first shutout of the season, and a great night that our seniors can be proud of.

After the game our team enjoyed a nice dinner at Ralph and Kacoos. All of the players and many of our families were in attendance in what was a great cap to the night for Centenary Men's Soccer. We will do everything in our power to see that Saturday night is a turning point in what we hope can be a very memorable season.

I would like to give a shout out to Robbie Ramirez this week. Robbie got his second chance in goal on the season and excelled. After overcoming nerves on what was a huge night for the team, Robbie made a number of incredible saves and gave us the shutout we so desperately needed.

Thanks again for reading this week.