Gents Earn Shutout over Texas A&M International in Season Finale
Monday, October 30, 2006

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Final Stats

Donnie Henderson made
seven saves for the shutout

Aaron Volanski had three points
in Monday's season finale

SHREVEPORT, La. -- In his final game at Mayo Field, redshirt junior Donnie Henderson helped lead the Centenary men’s soccer team (5-11-0) to a 2-0 shutout victory over Texas A&M International (7-8-0) in Monday’s season finale for the Gents.

Henderson, a native of Houston, made seven saves for his second shutout of the season, leading a makeshift -- yet determined -- backline to its third blank sheet of the season.

"Getting a shutout was the main thing tonight," Henderson said. "The defensive played well tonight, especially since we have a depleted backline and are missing a couple of starters."

Honored at halftime for his contributions to the Gents program throughout his collegiate career, Henderson stopped shots by Joe Lawler and Abdiel Amador of the Dustdevils with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation to preserve the shutout. On Amador’s attempt, the freshman midfielder was left unmarked on the right flank, given enough room to hit a high shot, which was blocked by Henderson.

Centenary took the lead midway through the first half when Gents leading-scorer Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) scored his seventh goal of the season, finding the back of the net with a shot into the lower-right corner in the 22nd minute.

After sophomore Will Todd (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) beat his man driving down the left wing, Volanski checked towards the low cross by Todd, driving a shot with his left foot into the lower corner.

The goal was the seventh of the season for Volanski.

Protecting the lead following the intermission, Volanski contributed to Centenary’s second goal of the contest, scored by freshman Sam Robinson (Houston/Cy-Fair) in the 79th minute.

Off a Volanski pass near the top of the TAMIU box, Robinson found enough of an opening to thread a shot into the lower-right corner of the net, curling his left-footed strike away from a diving Jonathan Callahan in the Dustdevils net. After receiving the pass, Robinson accelerated past his man to hit the shot for his third goal of the season.

Not qualifying for this weekend’s Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, played at Oakland University, Centenary head coach Eric Mayo said his team showed a lot of character to show such a strong effort and shut out their opponent in Monday’s win.

"The season didn’t work out like we would have liked," Mayo said. "But all week we’ve been saying that this was the start of next season and to treat it as such."

Mayo and the Gents look to use Monday’s win as a building block, a springboard, as they head into the offseason.