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Owens Express Soccer Opens Home Conference Schedule Against Cincinnati State Community College, Sept. 3
Owens Community College men's soccer will open its 2003 home conference schedule against Cincinnati State Community College on Wednesday, September 3. The soccer match will start at 5 p.m.
All home matches are played at the College's Soccer Field on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to all home matches is free.
Following a two-match home stand to begin the season, Owens will travel to Delta Community College to participate in the Delta Invitational on September 5-6 in Midland, Michigan.
The Owens men's soccer program is led by sixth-year Head Coach Art Johnson of Toledo. During his fifth season as the head soccer coach at Owens, Johnson led the Express to an 11-9 record. Johnson's Assistant Coach is Jeremiah McNutt of Toledo.
The 2002 edition of the men's soccer program this past year completed its fifth season as an Owens athletic program and finished with a 5-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC. Johnson's squad advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships before losing to Macomb Community College 5-4 in a shootout. The 11 wins mark the second most victories in a season for the program.
"I am really looking forward to another great season," Johnson said. "We have a very young group of talented players who are willing to work hard and put forth the effort that is needed to become a championship caliber team."
Johnson added, "As the season progresses, I expect our team to continue improving with the goal of competing for an OCCAC championship."
The Express have five players returning from last year's team, which finished second in the OCCAC. Among the second-year players on Johnson's squad include OCCAC Second Team All-Conference selection Simi Wakawa of Toledo (Toledo Christian High School). In 2002, the sophomore midfielder was third on the team with 10 goals and eight assists.
The other four returning student-athletes are Sean Donahue of Waterville, forward (Anthony Wayne High School); Isaac Metcalf of Waterville, midfielder (Perrysburg High School); Nick Zuchegno of Perrysburg, defender (Perrysburg High School), and Chris Maier of Perrysburg, defender (Perrysburg High School).
First-year players to the Express men's soccer program are Michael Mason of Toledo, goalkeeper (Toledo Central Catholic High School); Ryan Weber of Toledo, forward (Whitmer High School); Andrew Ignatowicz of Toledo, midfielder (Start High School); Chris Uzoigwe of Toledo, midfielder (St. Andrews High School); Daniel Ball of Perrysburg, midfielder (Perrysburg High School); Kyle Vogel of Perrysburg, midfielder (Perrysburg High School); R.J. Stachowiak of Maumee, defender (Maumee High School); Michael Bell of Rossford, midfielder (Rossford High School); Kyle Cousino of Toledo, defender (Whitmer High School); Paul Nanez of Sylvania, defender (Northview High School), and Joshua Snyder of Caledonia, goalkeeper (River Valley High School).
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 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.