Men's Soccer Adds 13 for 2007 Season
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Head coach Eric Mayo and the Centenary men’s soccer program announce the addition of 13 student-athletes for the 2007 season. The recruiting class includes 12 high school seniors and one transfer.

Mayo’s recruiting class consists of seven players from the strong soccer state of Texas, four student-athletes from the state of Louisiana and one student-athlete from Serbia. Included in the class is Adriel Adibi, who transfers to Centenary from the University of Tulsa.

"I am very excited to have these recruits join us at Centenary," Mayo said of the 13. "We needed to address several key areas and I believe we have accomplished that goal."

Mayo said that he believes the recruits can contribute to the program immediately, including several members of the class possessing the ability to start or provide quality depth.

One of the highly-touted players in this year’s recruiting class is Dragan Hinic.

Playing for F.C. Policajac and attending the High School of Sports, Hinic comes to Centenary from Belgrade, Serbia. A 5-foot-9 midfielder, Hinic will be looked upon to create in the Gent midfield, viewed by Mayo as a potential sparkplug of the Centenary offensive attack.

"Dragan is a player we’re really excited about," Mayo said. "He has experience with the Serbian Junior National Team at many levels, he should provide the sort of offensive flair we’ve been lacking in the past."

Josh Armstrong, a 6-2 forward, plays for the Texas Rush Soccer Club and hails from Huntsville, Texas. A power forward with great speed, according to Mayo, Armstrong will be looked upon to keep a constant presence up top for the Gents.

"Josh is a very exciting player for the future of our program," Mayo said. "He will add a new dimension to our program and hopefully find the back of the net regularly next Fall."

From The Oakridge School, in Arlington, Texas, Joshua Gomillion currently plays for the DFW Tejanos Soccer Club in Dallas. A 6-foot player who can play both in the midfield and at forward, Gomillion is a very composed player with the ball, according to Mayo. He will play in the Premier Development League (PDL) for the DFW Tornados under head coach Paul Robinson.

"Joshua is very versatile and can play in many different positions on the field," Mayo said. "He is very creative and isn’t shy to take players on in the final third."

An intriguing prospect, Adibi transfers to Centenary from the University of Tulsa of Conference USA. Looked to contribute immediately to the program, Adibi can play both in the midfield and as a defender.

He will play this summer for the DFW Tornados of the PDL, joining Gomillion and current Centenary senior John Marquart (Huntsville, Texas).

A 6-foot midfielder, Keegan Walhood comes to Centenary from Coppell High School, in Coppell, Texas. Playing for a very successful club in the Texas Longhorns Soccer Club, Walhood helped his high school to a runner-up finish in the Texas High School State Championship in 2006.

"Keegan is another fantastic signing. He is another player who is versatile and can play many different positions," Mayo said of Walhood.

A player with great size and technical ability with a knack for finishing around the net, according to Mayo, Dan Martens is a 6-2 midfielder/forward out of Sugar Land, Texas. Martens plays club for the Texans FC, under head coach Lee Baker, along with playing high school for Clements High School in Sugar Land.

He joins former Texans FC alum and current Centenary midfielder Sam Robinson (Houston), who was named to the Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team last Fall.

Teaming with Gomillion at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas, Zac Farrar will be looked upon to add depth on a senior-laden Centenary defense. A 5-10 defender, who plays club for the Texas Lightning Soccer Club, Farrar has the mentality of shutting down opponents, according to Mayo.

Todd Jorgenson is a 6-4 defender from Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. Another defender to add quality depth and competition to Mayo’s defense, Jorgenson plays club for the DFW Tornados Soccer Club.

"Todd has great size and reads the game extremely well," Mayo said of Jorgenson. "He is very dangerous off of set pieces in the 18 and I look forward to watching him develop over the next four years."

Another defender from the state of Texas, Dustin Dingenthal played for McKinney North High School in McKinney, Texas. An athletic and hardworking defender, the 5-11 Dingenthal will be expected to provide depth to the Centenary defense. He is expected to challenge the other defenders immediately in preseason camp. Dingenthal plays club for FC Dallas.

Two local products from Shreveport join the Gents in the Fall in Ryan Watson and Brian Penner.

Watson, a 5-9 midfielder/defender from nearby Captain Shreve High School, will provide competition to the current Centenary starters at the right-outside defender and right midfielder positions. Playing for the Shreveport United Soccer Club, under the direction of current Centenary women’s soccer head coach Chase Wooten, Watson is regarded by Mayo as a very strong individual defender with great athletic ability, according to Mayo.

"He reminds me a lot of Todd Faulkinberry," Mayo said of Watson. "Todd was a local product who earned all-conference last season and I see a lot of him in Ryan."

Also playing under Wooten with the Shreveport United, Penner played high school for C.E. Byrd. A 5-9 midfielder/forward, Penner is expected to give the Gents a significant attacking presence in the next couple of years.

"Brian brings a hardworking mentality and provide the necessary depth at the forward and midfield positions," Mayo said. "He’s very athletic which, in turn, should give opposing defenders problems."

Goalkeeper Rennie Walker and defender/midfielder Phillip Landry join Centenary from St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, La.

Coming from the perennial state powerhouse in St. Louis Catholic, the 5-11 Walker was the NSCAA/Adidas Louisiana State Player of the Year, helping his high school to three state championships.

Walker stood as the national high school leader in shutouts in the 2005-06 season with 25 in 33 games, allowing just 11 goals all season. He plays club for the Cajun Soccer Club in Lafayette, La.

"Rennie will compete immediately for the starting role and is extremely athletic with a very good shot stopping ability," Mayo said. "I am so excited to bring such an accomplished goalkeeper to Centenary and look forward to the next four years."

Landry, a 5-9 defender/midfielder, will bring speed to the Gents.

"Like Rennie, Phillip has experienced success, which I believe will bring an infectious winning attitude to our program," Mayo said. "Phillip can initiate the attack out of the back and will provide much-needed depth to the left back position this Fall."

Centenary begins its season with an exhibition game against Northeastern Oklahoma Aug. 18.