Western Illinois Scores Three to Defeat Gents
Saturday, October 14, 2006


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Aaron Volanski led the Gents
with three shots in the loss

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Playing in its final home conference game of the season, the Centenary men’s soccer team (4-10-0, 2-3-0) fell 3-0 to Western Illinois (9-6-0, 4-0-0) Saturday at Mayo Field.

The Leathernecks, leading the Mid-Con standings and remaining undefeated in conference play with a 4-0-0 record, clinched a berth in the conference tournament after Saturday’s shutout win.

Western Illinois was led by the play of senior forward Matt Wieclaw, who finished the game with a goal and three points.

Wieclaw scored his seventh goal of the season in the 22nd minute, slotting a shot into the lower-left corner of the net off a pass by teammate Martin Browne. Off a Luke Greenwell cross from the left flank, Browne dropped a header down to an oncoming Wieclaw, who hit a low shot into the net to give Western Illinois the lead midway through the first half.

With the Leathernecks leading 1-0 following the intermission, Western Illinois took full momentum less than a minute into the second half when senior Elton Fernandes scored his fourth goal of the season with a low shot that rang off the left post and into the net.

As Western Illinois built forward as a team, Fernandes beat his defender near the top of the Centenary box and placed a shot into the left corner of the net, just out of the reach of the outstretched hands of Gents goalkeeper James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King).

Sophomore Luke Greenwell added the third goal for the Leathernecks, heading in a corner kick by Fernandes in the 66th minute.

Centenary was led by three shots by junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) in the loss.

Now 2-3-0 in Mid-Con play, the Gents stand in a five-way tie for second place in the conference standings. All five teams are tied with six points in conference play, all competing for the final three spots in the Mid-Con Tournament, played Nov. 3-5 in Rochester, Mich.

In their final conference game of the 2006 season, the Gents visit Oral Roberts Oct. 21, needing a win to remain in contention for the Mid-Con Tournament.