Centre men's soccer team wins opener

September 02, 2004

Centre College's men's soccer team opened its season with a 4-1 win over Hanover Wednesday.

The host Colonels (1-0) took 29 shots to Hanover's four and Centre had 10 corner kicks.

"It could have been a lot worse, score-wise" coach Jeb Burch said. "We missed several good opportunities to score in front of the goal. Anybody that saw the game could see statistically that we were the better team."

Sophomore midfielder Kevin Brown put Centre in the lead in the 16th minute. Junior Kent Starkweather played a ball behind the defense and Brown ran onto it for the goal.

Junior Brad Borough scored his first goal five minutes later off a pass from Todd Davis.

Hanover's Casey Polk cut the Centre lead to 2-1 with a goal with about nine minutes to play in the first half off a corner kick.


In the second half, Borough scored again 15 minutes in off a pass from freshman John Templeton, and junior Ricky Ross closed out the scoring with eight minutes to play off a pass from senior Stan Simek.

Burch was happy to get a win, but was far from satisfied.

"We're relying too heavily on our talent," Burch said. "Our work ethic was poor, our organization on defending set pieces, especially corner kicks and direct kicks in front of our goal, looked very amateur out there. I thought the intensity of the group to defend tightly was a real concern of mine and I was not that impressed with our group."

Freshman goalkeeper Chris Creger had one save for Centre.

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