Men's Soccer Visits Tulsa Tuesday
Monday, September 25, 2006




Freshman Stephen Rifai has
7 points this season

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s soccer team (2-7-0) visits the University of Tulsa (3-5-0) Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at Hurricane Soccer Stadium.

In Tuesday’s game, the Gents look to build momentum following their win over Valparaiso Saturday, in which Centenary scored a season-high four goals.

Scoring two goals in the Gents last contest and leading the team in scoring is junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis). Among the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in points and goals, Volanski has four goals and eight points this season, leading the team with 20 shots in nine games.

Also scoring in Saturday’s win and standing second on the team in points is freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein). Playing in all nine games in his freshman season, Rifai has three goals and an assist for seven points, among the Mid-Con leaders in points by a freshman.

Freshman Sam Robinson (Houston/Cy-Fair) and junior Dustin Forward (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch) are tied for third on Centenary in points, both with four points this season. Robinson is coming off scoring the first game-winning goal of his collegiate career, scoring the winner over Valparaiso in the Gents last contest.

Junior goalkeeper James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) has started the last three games in net for the Gents, averaging 5.00 saves per game in the three starts. This season, Speed has a 3.90 goals-against average and a .571 save percentage.

Centenary is 0-2-0 against teams from Conference USA this season, losing games to South Carolina (Sept. 5) and SMU (Sept. 12).

Holding a 3-1-1 lifetime record against the Gents, Tulsa is coming off a 2-1 win over Central Florida Saturday.

Scoring the game-winning goal Saturday and leading the Golden Hurricanes in scoring is junior midfielder Eric Burkholder. In eight games this season, Burkholder has three goals and six points, scoring two game-winning goals.

Tied for second on Tulsa in scoring are Jose Parada and Eric DeFreitas, both with four points this season. Parada, a freshman forward, leads the Golden Hurricanes with 18 shots in eight games.

In goal, junior Dominic Cervi has received majority of the starts for Tulsa this season, credited with a 2-4-0 record. Cervi has a 1.91 goals-against average and a .625 save percentage.

As a team, Tulsa has outshot their opponents, 99-86, in eight games this season.

In the last contest between the two teams, Tulsa earned a 4-0 victory over the Gents, playing an exhibition game, Aug. 16, 2003, in Tulsa.