Men's Soccer Travels to Nationally-Ranked SMU
Monday, September 11, 2006

Aaron Volanski scored in the
spring exhibition against SMU

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Facing its second nationally-ranked team in a week, the Centenary men’s soccer team (1-4-0) travels to face No. 3 Southern Methodist University (6-0-0) Tuesday at Westcott Field, on the campus of SMU, at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday’s game, the Gents may face their highest-ranked opponent of the 2006 season.

Looking to break a three-game losing streak, the Gents lost both games of the Centenary Invitational this past weekend, dropping contests to Lipscomb and Georgia Southern.

Leading Centenary in scoring heading into Tuesday’s game are juniors Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) and Dustin Forward (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch), along with freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein), all with four points. This past weekend, Rifai scored two goals in a 4-3 overtime loss to Lipscomb Sept. 8, registering his first collegiate goal.

From his forward position, junior Ben Caldarera (Katy, Texas/Katy Taylor) leads the Gents with 13 shots in four games.

Both juniors Donnie Henderson (Houston/Westfield) and James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) have seen action in four games this season. Making four starts, Henderson leads the goalkeeping duo with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .696 save percentage. Starting the Gents last contest, Speed has a 3.99 goals-against average and a .583 save percentage.

A second-half team of sorts, the Gents have scored six of their eight goals in the second half.

Ranked No. 1 in this week’s College Soccer News national poll, SMU is arguably the top team in college soccer this season.

Undefeated in their six games, the Mustangs have only conceded one goal this season, outscoring their opponents by a 17-1 margin.

Winning the SMU Mi Cocina Classic, played in Dallas this past weekend, the Mustangs defeated Indiana and Brown, both ranked in the national top 25.

Junior Adrian Chevannes leads SMU in scoring after six games, scoring three goals and adding two assists for eight points.

Four players stand behind Chevannes, all registering two goals and four points.

On the attack, sophomore Paulo da Silva leads the team with 24 shots, averaging four shots per game.

Starting all six games in net, senior Matt Wideman has a 0.18 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage, credited with five shutouts and six wins. Wideman continues to be among the national leaders all goalkeeping statistical categories.

SMU is outshooting its opponents, 98-48, in six games. The Mustangs average 2.46 goals per game.

In the last meeting between Centenary and SMU, the Gents captured a 2-1 win, defeating the Mustangs in an exhibition April 7. Volanski and Caldarera collected goals for the Gents in the win.