Men's Soccer Prepares to Host UMKC
Thursday, October 5, 2006




Volanski stands fifth in the Mid-Con
in goals this season

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s soccer team (3-9-0, 1-2-0) plays the first of three-straight Mid-Continent Conference games Saturday, hosting UMKC (1-9-1, 1-1-0) at Mayo Field at 3 p.m.

After playing their last three games on the road, Centenary returns home to Mayo Field for Saturday’s contest against Kangaroos.

Centenary, 1-2-0 in conference games, is tied with five other teams for the final two spots for the Mid-Con Tournament, played Nov. 3-5 in Rochester, Mich. All five teams are even with one win and three points in conference games.

Leading the Gents into Saturday’s contest is junior midfielder Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis), who took a season-high five shots against UAB Wednesday. Volanski stands among the Mid-Con leaders with eight points in 12 games, scoring four goals.

Just a point behind Volanski for the Gents, freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein) has three goals and seven points in 12 games. The forward remains among the conference leaders in points by a freshman.

In goal, junior James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) has started the last six games for the Gents. In 11 appearances, Speed has a 2.76 goals-against average and a .644 save percentage with one shutout.

Playing three conference games this season, Centenary is averaging 1.67 goals per game, taking an average of 8.30 shots per game in the three contests.

Falling to Evansville in their last contest, UMKC is 1-1-0 in Mid-Con games this season.

Leading the Kangaroos in scoring, senior Kyle Perkins and freshman Bryan Perez both have four points this season. Perkins leads UMKC with 27 shots in 10 games, scoring two goals.

Sophomore midfielder Garret Guthrie has a goal and an assist for three points, scoring the lone game-winning goal for the Kangaroos.

Both sophomore Brandon Amaya and freshman Ricardo Guerra have seen time in net for UMKC this season, with Amaya leading the duo with a 1.57 goals-against average and a .778 save percentage.

Last season, UMKC captured a 4-1 win over Centenary, played Nov. 5, 2005 in Kansas City. Guthrie led the Kangaroos with a goal and an assist in the victory.