Gents Place Three on All-Mid-Con Soccer Teams
Thursday, November 2, 2006




Aaron Volanski

Todd Faulkinberry

Sam Robinson

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centerary men’s soccer junior Aaron Volanski was named to the 2006 All-Mid-Continent Conference Second Team, announced by the Mid-Con Thursday. Joining Volanski as an all-conference team member, Gents defender Todd Faulkinberry and midfielder Sam Robinson were named to the Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team.

Volanski, a midfielder from Magnolia, Texas, led Centenary in scoring for the second-straight season. Registering seven goals and 16 points, with three game-winners, Volanski finished seventh in the Mid-Con in points, tied for fifth in the conference in goals. Serving as team captain in his junior season, he ranked among the conference leaders in shots (40), points per game (1.00) and goals per game (0.44).

Robinson finished third on the Gents in scoring this season, scoring three goals for six points from his outside midfielder position. A native of Houston, Robinson appeared in 15 contests this season, starting 14 games. He tallied one game-winning goal against Valparaiso Sept. 23.

The Lafayette, La.-native Faulkinberry played in all 16 games in his rookie season, starting six contests. One of two Centenary freshmen to appear in all 16 games this season, Faulkinberry rotated between playing midfielder and defender throughout the season, taking six shots.

Capturing the 2006 Mid-Con Regular Season Championship, Western Illinois swept all four conference individual awards, led by Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Year Matt Wieclaw and Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year Martin Browne.

Leading the Leathernecks to the most potent offense in the conference, scoring 47 goals in 20 games, Browne and Wieclaw ranked first and second, respectively, in scoring in the Mid-Con.

Browne, a freshman forward, led Western Illinois with 11 goals and 30 points. In six conference games, Browne led the Mid-Con with 14 points, scoring four goals and adding six assists. Browne notched three game-winning goals in his rookie season, standing tied for fourth in the conference.

Wieclaw had 11 goals and 27 points en route to earning Offensive Player of the Year honors. Tied for the conference lead for goals, Wieclaw led the Mid-Con with five game-winners this season, registering 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in six conference games.

Holding opponents to a 0.68 goals-against average in conference games, Western Illinois goalkeeper Stephen Paterson was named 2006 Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Year. In 20 starts, Paterson registered six shutouts, credited with a 0.85 goals-against average and a .826 save percentage. Only a freshman, Paterson ended the year with a 13-7-0 record.

Leading the Leathernecks to a 5-1-0 record in conference games, 13-7-0 record overall, Western Illinois head coach Eric Johnson was named Mid-Con Coach of the Year. Under Johnson, Western Illinois outscored opponents 20-4 in Mid-Con games this season.

Concluding the season with a win over Texas A&M International Monday, Centenary ended the year with a 5-11-0 record.