Four Conference Titles | Five All-Americans | Three Academic All-Americans

Colonels Blank Hendrix 2-0 in SAA Road Contest

Colonels Blank Hendrix 2-0 in SAA Road Contest

CONWAY, Ark. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's soccer team earned its fifth shutout victory of the season by way of a 2-0 triumph over host Hendrix in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) tilt on Friday night at Warrior Field.

The Colonels boost their record to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in SAA action with the win, while the Warriors move to 2-11 and 0-5, respectively.

Centre's nine wins are the most since the Colonels tallied nine wins in 2013 (9-6-3).

In the 70th minute of action, forward Nick Mazzarella (Danielson, Conn.) broke a scoreless tie between the squads with a goal as the result of a scrum in front of the Hendrix net. Following a corner kick, junior defender Jesse DiLuzio (North Woodmere, N.Y.) tipped the ball to Mazzarella who was able to slip it past Warrior goaltender Nathan Myers.

Just over three minutes later, senior midfielder Phil Shehan (Orlando, Fla.) netted his team-leading sixth goal of the year off the outside foot bender to put Centre on top 2-0. Senior forward Christian Gateskill (Danville, Ky.) recorded the assist on the play. Shehan is now tied for second in the SAA in total goals with six scores.

The Colonels held a 31-8 shooting advantage in the win to go with an 11-2 edge in corner kicks. Centre's 31 shots represent a season-high by 10 shots and mark the Colonels' most shots in a match since posting 32 shots in a 5-1 win over Oglethorpe on Nov. 1, 2014.

Sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Spade (Frankfort, Ky.) made a pair of saves in net for Centre, finishing with his 10th shutout win of his career.

Mazzarella tallied a game-high six shots for the Colonels, while sophomore midfielder Jacob Haddad (Brentwood, Tenn.) contributed five shots for Centre.

The Colonels are back in action on Sunday traveling to Memphis, Tenn. for another SAA showdown against Rhodes at 12 p.m. CT. Centre sits in third place in the SAA standings with a 3-2 ledger in conference play on the season, trailing just Oglethorpe (4-0-1) and Millsaps (4-1). The Lynx are 1-3 in SAA action and play host to Sewanee (1-3) on Saturday.