Gents Soccer Signs Four From Texas For 2004 Season
Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Shreveport—Centenary Gents soccer coach Eric Mayo has announced the signing of four players for the 2004 season. The signees are the first for Mayo as a head coach after being promoted to the position on Feb. 20th. The new Gents include Osama Buazza, Dustin Forward, Ransone Rose, and James Speed.

Buazza (Houston, Tex.) was captain of his Mayde Creek High School team and played on the South Texas ODP State team in 2003. He was also captain for the Albion Hurricanes U-15 & 16 Futbol Club.

“Buazza is a very creative, attacking player that can play forward or midfield. He has a vast knowledge of the game and will fit in well with our system,” said Mayo.

Forward (Katy, Tex.) was a three-time All-District defender at Cinco Ranch High School in addition to playing on the South Texas ODP State team.

“Forward is an amazing signing for us,” said Mayo. “He is technically and tactically superior to most of his peers and I look for him to come in and help anchor our defense.”

Rose (Houston, Tex.) is a 6’1” goalkeeper with three varsity letters from Cypress Creek High School. He is leaving the prep ranks after three seasons to take college credit law courses and has a standing offer from Leicester City’s youth academy team in the English Premier League.

“Rose has the ability to come in and compete for a starting position immediately,” said Mayo. “He has a very strong presence in goal and is a solid shot stopper.”

Speed (Corpus Christi, Tex.) served as the keeper at Richard King High School where he earned four All-District honors. He was named District Newcomer of the Year in 2001 and the Region 4 All-Region goalkeeper in 2002 and 2003. He also received Academic All-State accolades in 2003.

“Speed is a great example of how hard work and dedication can pay off,” said Mayo. “He will also compete for a starting job and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 860 students. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.