Shreveport - The Centenary men's soccer team will open its 2019 campaign with a non-conference match this evening at 7 p.m. against the LeTourneau University YellowJackets at Mayo Field.
The Gents, eager to finally begin the season after severe weather cancelled their season opener at ETBU back on Aug. 30, defeated LSU-Alexandria by a score of 2-0 in a home exhibition match last month.
Head coach Kyle Symcazk enters his third full-time season as head coach of the Gents after serving as the interim head coach in 2016.
"I was very pleased with how the guys performed in the preseason exhibition", said Symcazk. The first preseason game is always exciting because the players finally get to go against someone new after a week of competing against one another. I thought that we hit on several areas of the game plan that I wanted us to focus on and the result was a great building block for us moving forward."
The Gents boast a deep roster which includes eight new freshmen and is led by sophomore goalie Sami Borchalli, who started 16 games last season. Junior forward Gin Pau returns after leading the team with give goals last season. Senior midfielder Gabe Rodriguez led the Gents with three assists and a goal in 2018. Senior forward Scott Halper, who tallied five goals in 18 starts as a sophomore in 2017, is back for his final season in maroon and white.
Centenary and LeTorneau meet for the first time since a 2-1 Gents win in overtime back on Oct. 3, 2017 at Mayo Field. The YellowJackets enter Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 1-0-2.
Live stats and live video stream of Tuesday's match are both available via www.gocentenary.com. Also check Centenary's social media channels for live updates throughout the evening.
Centenary hits the road this weekend for a pair of conference matches. The Gents will face Colorado College on Friday at 7 p.m. mountain time (8 p.m. local) and then square off with Johnson and Wales Sunday at 1 p.m. mountain time (2 p.m. local). #CTheOpportunity