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Owens Soccer Opens Home Season Against Mercyhurst Northeast

Owens Community College men's soccer will open its 2002 home season against Mercyhurst Northeast starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31.

All home matches are played at the College's Soccer Field on the Toledo-area Campus, which is located on Oregon Road four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to home matches is free.

The Owens soccer program is led by fifth-year Head Coach Art Johnson of Toledo. His Assistant Coaches are Dermot Forde of Waterville and Jeremiah McNutt of Toledo.

The 2001 edition of the men's soccer program completed its fourth season as an Owens athletic program, finishing with a 12-8 overall record and a 7-3 mark (second place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). Both win totals are the highest in the program's short history. For the second consecutive year, the Express had the OCCAC's leading goal scorer. Sean Brown of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), led the league with 26 goals and was nominated for All-American honors. In 2000, Fabio Cardoso of Maumee, led the conference with 23 goals.

The Express have ten players returning from last year's team, including Brown, an OCCAC First Team All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII Team selection. In 2001, the sophomore forward, in addition to leading the conference in goals, recorded six assists. Named the team's Offensive MVP, Brown's 26 goals also is a team record for goals in a season.

The other returning players who earned OCCAC honors are Jeff Brown of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School) and Michael Ringle of Ottawa Lake, Michigan (Stateline Christian High School). Brown, a sophomore midfielder, in 2001 was an OCCAC First Team All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII Team selection. Named the team's MVP, Brown recorded 12 goals and 17 assists.

Ringle, a sophomore defender, was an OCCAC Second Team selection and named the team's Most Improved Player. One of this year's co-captains, he recorded one goal and three assists. Sophomore co-captain, Paul Rizzo III of Miamisburg (Miamisburg High School) also returns from last year's squad to anchor the defensive side of the field as a starting defender.

Other returning players to the Express roster include sophomores Dustin Schimmoeller of Pemberville, goalkeeper (Eastwood High School); Bronson Lipinski of Waterville, defender (Anthony Wayne High School); Jonathan Loo of Rossford, defender (Rossford High School); Robby Sumbry Jr. of Perrysburg, forward (Perrysburg High School); Freddie Ngwashi of Lubumbashi, Congo, midfielder (I.T.C. Matunda High School), and Juan Carlos Guzman of San Benito, Texas, midfielder (San Benito High School).

The first-year players are Sean Donahue of Waterville, forward (Anthony Wayne High School); Todd Duvall of Toledo, midfielder (Toledo Christian High School); Chris Maier of Perrysburg, midfielder (Perrysburg High School); Nick Zuchegno of Perrysburg, defender (Perrysburg High School); Isaac Metcalf of Perrysburg, midfielder (Perrysburg High School); Abdulaziz Aldilaimi of Kuwait City, Kuwait, midfielder (French School of Kuwait), and Simi Wakawa of Toledo, forward (Toledo Christian High School).

"I am really looking forward to another great season," Johnson said. "We have a very talented and experienced group returning from last year's squad which won a school record 12 matches."

Johnson added, "With the addition of these seven incoming first-year student-athletes, I anticipate our soccer program having another successful season, which will allow our team to take the next step and compete for an OCCAC regular season and tournament championship."

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 37,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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