Gents Host Central Arkansas Saturday
Thursday, August 24, 2006

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Centenary men’s soccer team opens its 28th season of play against the University of Central Arkansas Saturday at Mayo Field. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Under the direction of third-year head coach Eric Mayo, the Gents look to start the 2006 season on the right foot Saturday against the Bears.

Headlining the returners this season for the Gents is junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis). The midfielder led Centenary in points and goals last season, tallying 13 points on five goals and three assists. Volanski scored all three of the Gents game-winning goals from last season.

Also returning for Centenary are juniors Brody Sager (Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin) and Ben Caldarera (Katy, Texas/Katy Taylor).

Sager led the Gents with six assists last season, adding a goal for eight points. Caldarera played in all 17 games last season, finishing second on the team with two goals.

In goal, junior goalkeeper Donnie Henderson (Houston/Westfield) started in 16 of 17 games last season, ending the year with a 3.35 goals-against average and a .680 save percentage.

Mayo welcomes nine freshmen to his roster for the upcoming season.

Central Arkansas enters its first season at the NCAA Division I level.

Playing as an independent this season, the Bears finished last season ranked No. 17 nationally in NCAA Division II, compiling a 14-4-2 record and winning the Gulf South Conference.

Under head coach Chad Flanders, Central Arkansas returns 16 letterwinners led by junior forward Matt Marlin. Named to the 2005 NSCAA/Adidas Division II All-South Region team, Marlin finished last season with a team-high 41 points (17 goals, 7 assists).

Also returning for the Bears is senior forward Nick Hankins, who led the team with eight assists and added 11 goals for 30 points.

Sophomore Chris Murphy returns as the only goalkeeper on the Central Arkansas roster who saw action last season. The 6-foot-3 goalkeeper played in seven contests in 2005, ending the season with a 1.67 goals-against average and a 3-0-1 record.

The Bears ranked eighth nationally in Division II in goals per game (2.85) last season.

Saturday will be the first meeting between Centenary and Central Arkansas. Admission to the contest is free.