Blog: Tearing Down the Net w/ Tate McIntyre
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hey everyone, welcome back. 

After a hard-fought game in which we came away with a goalless draw against Hardin Simmons, it was important to bounce back and get back on the winning side of things with a game against first place UT Tyler ahead of us on Thursday. Thursday began as any regular school day did with class and whatnot, but soon enough it was time to head to the Gold Dome and get everything together for our trip. Since Tyler is only an hour-and-a-half away we were able to leave a bit later than we have for other games even though the Ladies were still going to play before us. The late departure afforded us more time to hang out and do whatever else we needed to do before the game. I was especially appreciative of the time since I was preparing for my first game back from a broken toe. 

As the Ladies battled to what was eventually a 1-1 draw, we warmed up as a team on the adjacent practice field and were even able to cheer them on for the last couple of minutes of their game. When the final whistle sounded we took the field for a few more minutes of preparation before we would take on the top ranked team in the conference. Next, the teams were introduced and it was time to play. In what has become somewhat of a problem in recent games, we started off rather slowly. As we made a few changes to our formation however, the game picked up and became much more exciting, with both teams creating chances in what was an up and down first half. Nobody was able to score and the half ended 0-0. 

We started the second half much better and enjoyed a large share of the possession in the early minutes, but an unfortunate own goal put us down 1-0 only three minutes into the half. In what has also been a recurring theme throughout the season, we did not respond well when adversity presented itself, and we were never the same for the rest of the game. UT Tyler dominated the rest of the game and put two more goals in to take a 3-0 lead. We kept fighting to get whatever we could out of the game and we were rewarded with only seven seconds left as Kellan Klaus slid the ball into the goal from close range to finish the game 3-1. It was a positive sign to finish the game that way, but the performance as a whole was not what we were looking for. 

Since our next game was about six hours away in Austin, Texas Saturday night, we elected to leave Friday afternoon and spend the night in Austin to give us more time to recover physically and prepare for Concordia. We had a good team dinner and relaxed in our rooms Friday night and after a jog & stretch and some more leisure time Saturday afternoon it was time to head to the Stadium in what was hopefully a rebound game for Centenary. We made a number of changes to the starting lineup and the players were notified rather early to give the new starters some time to adjust to their new roles for the night. The game began rather sloppy for both teams, as nobody was really able to establish any possession. Concordia was gifted a goal about 25 minutes into the game as a player who was obviously offsides, was allowed to take the ball into our box and cross to a wide open teammate for a tap in and a 1-0 lead. This time however, we responded the way and good team should by scoring a goal only about two minutes later as R.B. Asenime emphatically volleyed a flick from Ryan Christianson into the net to tie the game at 1-1. We played very well for the remainder of the half and carried the momentum into the second half.

With our normal starters back in the game we dominated Concordia for the rest of the game and came very close to taking the lead on a number of occasions. The breakthrough we needed came in the 69th minute when Kyle Mehnert played a ball into the box and Ryan Christianson out-jumped the Concordia goalkeeper and flicked the ball into the goal for his first goal of the season. We kept the ball for most of the remaining time and seemed to be winding the clock down with ease when seemingly out of nowhere, Concordia was awarded a penalty kick on a play where no foul appeared to have occurred. We were all on the edge of our seats to watch as Robbie Ramirez slammed the door on the Concordia shooter with a phenomenal save to preserve our 2-1 lead with only a couple of minutes left. The clock ticked down and they were not able to prevent any more damage as we secured a 2-1 win. 

Although many individuals put forth fantastic efforts in this game, the largest positive we can take away was how well we were able to respond when we were presented with adversity in many various forms, including a red card to Adam Ghaemmaghami for no apparent reason. We were never going to use any of these as an excuse and were able to go out and get the win ourselves. We play Hendrix on Tuesday in Arkansas and have two home games this coming weekend, including our senior night. I hope to see everyone there! 

Thanks for reading...until next week.