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Published 8/24/2005

Owens Community College Express Soccer Opens Season at Delta Tournament, Aug. 27-28

Owens Express Soccer Team Owens Community College men's soccer will open its 2005 schedule with a tournament, Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 at Delta College in Midland, Mich.

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.

The Express will open its home season against Delta College on Saturday, September 10. The match begins at 4 p.m.

The Owens men's soccer program is led by eighth-year head coach Art Johnson of Toledo. During his seventh season as the head soccer coach at Owens, Johnson led the Express to a school-best 16-5 overall record. Johnson's assistant coach is Jeremiah McNutt of Toledo.

The 2004 edition of men's soccer completed its seventh season as an Owens athletic program this past year. The Express finished with a 16-5 overall record and an 8-2 mark (second place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). The 16 victories and eight shutouts registered by Owens are both school records for a season.

"I am really looking forward to building upon the success that our Express program experienced last year," 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 the program's first-ever OCCAC championship."

The Express have eight players returning from last year's team, which finished second in the OCCAC. Among the second-year players on Johnson's squad include team Defensive MVP Matt Ringle of Ottawa Lake, Mich., (Whiteford High School). In 2004, the sophomore defender recorded one assist and also was an OCCAC Second Team All-Conference selection.

Also returning to the Express program are Ryan Michaels of Holland (St. Francis de Sales H.S.) and Brian Whitner of Perrysburg (Perrysburg H.S.). Michaels, a sophomore goalkeeper, recorded 18 saves in nine matches. His postseason honors included being named the team's Most Improved Player. In 2004, Whitner was third on the team with six goals. Additionally, the sophomore defender recorded one assist.

Other returning student-athletes include Matt Francis of Temperance, Mich., forward (Bedford H.S.); Kyle Kaiser of Monroe, Mich., defender (Monroe H.S.); Gibril Kargbo of Holland, midfielder (Sierra Leone Grammar School); Mugisha Rwehumbiza of Bowling Green, midfielder / defender (Newlands Manor School), and Josh Radtkin of Toledo, midfielder (Maumee Valley Country Day School).

First-year players to the Express men's soccer program are Logan Anderson of Findlay, goalkeeper (Findlay H.S.); Anthonio Briggs of Lima, forward (Lima Senior H.S.); Torrey Korsog of Maumee, midfielder (Maumee H.S.); Adam Grzybowski of Lima, defender (Findlay H.S.); Justin McIntyre of Monroe, Mich., midfielder (Monroe H.S.); Andrew Snook of Findlay, forward (Findlay H.S.); Jeff Kuehne of Maumee, defender (Maumee H.S.); Bobby Barriger of Toledo, defender (Whitmer H.S.); Arthur Griffin Jr. of Lima, defender (Lima Senior H.S.); Robert Fountain of Holland, forward (Springfield H.S.); Sasa Markovic of Windsor, Canada, midfielder (Riverside Secondary School); Zach Wazny of Toledo, defender (St. Francis de Sales H.S.), and Alex Taheri of Stockholm, Sweden, midfielder (Jakobsbergs Folkhogskola H.S.).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and 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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