SHREVEPORT, La. The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets improved to 2-0-1 on the season with a 2-1 road victory over Centenary Saturday night.

The Yellow Jackets scored both goals in the first half as Chris Thompson found the net on an assist from David Rucker 12:17 into the game, while Joseph Gardner scored unassisted with 16:55 left before halftime.

Centenary closed the gap to 2-1 in the second half on an Adam Ghaemmaghami goal with 27:49 remaining.

HPU goalkeeper Ryan Young, who tallied three saves, kept Centenary off the board the rest of the way to preserve the victory.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action at 7 p.m. Monday at Hendrix College.