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Published 8/26/2004

Owens Express Soccer Opens Home Season Against Southern State Community College, Aug. 29

Owens Express Soccer Team Owens Community College men's soccer will open its 2004 schedule against Southern State Community College on Sunday, August 29. The soccer match will start at 12 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.

Owens will continue its home stand with matches against Cincinnati State Community College (September 1) and Lorain County Community College (September 4) the following week.

The Owens men's soccer program is led by seventh-year Head Coach Art Johnson of Toledo. During his sixth season as the head soccer coach at Owens, Johnson led the Express to a 12-6-2 overall record. Johnson's Assistant Coaches are Jeremiah McNutt of Toledo and Mike Ringle of Monroe, Michigan.

The 2003 edition of the men's soccer program completed its sixth season as an Owens athletic program this past year. The Express finished with a 12-6-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark (third place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). The 12 victories tie a school record for most wins in a season.

"I am really looking forward to another great season," Johnson said. "We have a very good 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 eight players returning from last year's team, which finished third in the OCCAC. Among the second-year players on Johnson's squad include team Defensive MVP Michael Bell of Rossford (Rossford High School). In 2003, the sophomore midfielder recorded one goal and one assist.

Also returning to the Express program are Michael Mason of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic High School) and Daniel Ball of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School). Mason, a sophomore goalkeeper, recorded 60 saves and two shutouts. In 2003, Ball totaled five goals. The sophomore defender was third on the team with four assists.

Other returning student-athletes include Kyle Vogel of Perrysburg, midfielder (Perrysburg High School); R.J. Stachowiak of Maumee, midfielder (Maumee High School); Ahmad Roudbari of Maumee, midfielder (Kuwait High School); Kyle Cousino of Toledo, defender (Whitmer High School), and Chris Maier of Perrysburg, defender (Perrysburg High School).

First-year players to the Express men's soccer program are Ryan Michaels of Holland, goalkeeper (St. Francis de Sales High School); Adam Busdiecker of Toledo, forward (Whitmer High School); Matt Francis of Temperance, Michigan, defender (Bedford High School); Justin Weldon of Sylvania, midfielder (Sylvania Northview High School); Kyle Kaiser of Monroe, Michigan, midfielder (Monroe High School); Matt Ringle of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, defender (Whiteford High School); Gibril Kargbo of Holland, midfielder (Sierra Leone Grammar School); David Dolinski of Monroe, Michigan, midfielder (Monroe High School); Brian Whitner of Perrysburg, defender (Perrysburg High School); Mugisha Rwehumbiza of Toledo, defender (Newlands Manor School); Ronald Wedge of Redford, Michigan, defender (Redford Union High School); Josh Radtkin of Toledo, forward (Maumee Valley Country Day School); Alfonso Mora of Perrysburg, forward (Maria DeBelen High School), and Andrew Traber of Perrysburg, forward (Perrysburg High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo- area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non- credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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