Season Outlook; Gents Soccer Ready to Play Thursday
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The 2011 season is here and the Centenary men's soccer team is geared up and ready to host Texas College on Thursday at 7 pm on Mayo Field.

Centenary is slated to play 10 home games, including four straight to open the season. All home games will be available on GoCentenary.com via live stats.

"The players are very excited about the season home opener! I am expecting a good performance from our squad," said Orr.

The Gents are coming off a 1-1 tie in an exhibition contest at Austin College last Saturday. Senior Ben Barcelona netted Centenary's only goal late in the game to even the score and give head coach David Orr, assistant coach Dragan Hinic, and team a sense of encouragement heading into official play this week.

"The exhibition game was quite encouraging considering we can see improvement each and every day from our players," said Orr.

Centenary rosters a hefty number of seniors, 10 to be exact. Eight of the 10 have years of experience at the collegiate level and Orr and Hinic are looking to them as the 2011 season gets underway. Seniors include: Ben Barcelona, RB Asenime, Tate McIntyre, Kyle Mehnert, Aaron Bergman, Jihad Elaydi, Ryan Christianson, Marcos Rodriguez, Glauber Santos, and Cody Wolfe.

"Positive leadership is a MUST," said Orr. "The seniors certainly have the responsibility and privilege to lead this team, however, this team is fortunate enough to have leaders all the way from seniors to freshmen."

The Gents boast a roster of six freshmen, who have quickly learned and gained valuable experience in such a short preseason. Freshmen include: Daryn Beaugh, Kellan Klaus, Gabriel Zahm, Dustin Sexson, Michael Broussard, and Brandon Heim. The six scatter the field at the midfield, forward and defense positions and will be looked upon to contribute this 2011 season.

"The freshman class is a very athletic and coachable group," said Orr. "They have brought a great deal of excitement to the season with their attitude and determination."

For every large squad, team chemistry dictates how a team executes during competition. Orr and Hinic are thrilled about the bond the Gents have made in such a short amount of time. Each one possesses qualities that ultimately feed off one another and benefit the overall program as a whole.

"Team chemistry is good. The returning players have such a great personality and set such high standards," said Orr. "They welcome each player in with support and mentorship as well as assimilate themselves with the newcomers. It's awesome!"

Joining a new conference, new competition and a competitive one at that, Centenary is ready and eager to take on the challenges that they may face this season as the newest members of the American Southwest Conference.

"The ASC is a tough conference. We have very high expectations and we are preparing to meet these expectations," said Orr.

Following Thursday's contest, Centenary will host cross-town rival, LSU-Shreveport, on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 pm on Mayo Field.