Men's Soccer Signs 8 for 2005 Play
Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Head Coach
Eric Mayo

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team has inked eight players to National Letters of Intent for the 2005 fall season, Head Coach Eric Mayo has announced.  The Gents will add two transfers and six freshmen to a team that lost seven seniors to graduation.


Joseph Aaron Volanski (Memphis), Michael Smith (Western Michigan), Edward Behrens (Pearland, Texas), Rick Guerrero (Baton Rouge, La.), Stephen Longinotti (Little Rock, Ark.), Nicholas Orta (Shereveport, La.), Will Todd (Lafayette, La.), and Skye Vergenal (New Iberia, La.) will bolster a Gent squad that Mayo hopes to make the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time since joining in 2003.


“I am very excited to have these recruits join us at Centenary,” said Mayo, a former Gent captain and standout. “I believe this is a very good class for us and will contribute to our program immediately.  Each of these players fill an important need for us and it will be fun to see where they take us over the next four years.”


Volanski (Memphis) and Smith (Western Michigan) transfer in from the Division I ranks as a sophomore and redshirt freshman, respectively.  Volanksi saw action with Memphis as part of a Tiger team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2004.


“Aaron is a player that I am very excited about,” Mayo said. “He is very creative going forward and is a proven goal scorer.  He is a hardworking player with solid technical and tactical abilities.”


Smith comes to the Gents after redshirting his freshman season with the Broncos.  He is a versatile player and should be able to step in wherever help is needed on the pitch.


“Michael is technically sound and can strike the ball very well,” said Mayo. “I expect him to be a valuable leader on the field from his experiences with Western Michigan and their conference winning side.”


Behrens comes to the Gents from Pearland HS in Pearland, Texas.  At 6’3, he brings much needed size to the Centenary defense. 


“Edward is a center back who can shut down opposing forwards,” Mayo said. “Not only is he big and physical, but Edward is good technically and is an outstanding passer.”


Guerrero, a natural goal scorer, played his prep soccer Catholic HS in Baton Rouge.


“Rick is another good signing,” said Mayo. “He is a possession type forward who in front of the goal is deadly with his finishing ability.”


Joining the ranks in the midfield will be Longinotti from Catholic HS in Little Rock, Ark.


“Stephen is a very creative midfielder who reads the game very well and is very good technically,” Mayo said.


Also joining the Gents is local product Orta from Loyola College Prep in Shreveport.


“Nicolas is an important signing for us,” said Mayo. “He is a local kid with lots of potential.  He is very athletic with good technique on the ball.  He will give us added depth in the midfield with the versatility to play in other positions as well.”


Another player signed to add size and depth to the backfield is the 6’2 Todd from Lafayette HS in Lafayette, La.


“Will has the ability to play in the back in a variety of positions or in the midfield,” Mayo said. “His technique is very good for his size and is he is very athletic.  I expect very good things from Will over the next four years.”


Rounding out the recruiting class is Vergenal, a unique player from Westgate HS in New Iberia, La.


“Skye is a fantastic player with a great left foot,” said Mayo. “He is very athletic and very fast.  I expect Skye to compete right away for a starting position and lead us in assists.  Skye, unlike most American players, possesses the ability to serve a variety of balls in from the flanks with pace.  I believe he will be a very dangerous player for other teams to defend.”


2005 Men’s Soccer Signings

Edward Behrens, 6-3, D, Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS)

Rick Guerrero, 5-11, F, Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS)

Stephen Longinotti, 5-8, MF, Little Rock, Ark. (Catholic HS)

Nicholas Orta, 6-0, MF, Shreveport, La. (Loyola College Prep)

Michael Smith, 5-9, MF/F, Western Michigan University

Will Todd, 6-2, MF/D, Lafayette, La. (Lafayette HS)

Skye Vergenal, 6-1, MF, New Iberia, La. (Westgate HS)

Joseph Volanski, 5-11, MF, Huntsville, Texas (University of Memphis)