2011 Season Was 'Huge Step Forward'
Armin Fejzic named MVP
January 4, 2012
Award winners pictured from the left are: Fejzic as Most Valuable Player; T.J. Gruber and Matt Bates, co-recipients of the Sean Arnold Memorial Coach’s Award; Henrik Hornnaess with the Chris Fossitt Memorial Most Improved Player Award; and Erik Hammar, Golden Boot Award for most points. Not pictured is Ben Armstrong, Golden Brick Award for Most Valuable Defensive Player, who jetted before the post-banquet photos.
With an 11-7-1 won-loss record and return to prominence in the Ohio Athletic Conference, 2011 looks to be a pivotal year in Wilmington College’s men’s soccer program.
That success and promise for the future was celebrated at the team’s annual banquet in early December. Also, seven seniors were honored for their contributions to the program.
“We came off a couple of tough years,” head coach Bud Lewis said, noting the team had 18 new players, many of whom stepped into varsity roles. “It was time for us to turn the ship back on course. It was a huge step forward for us.”
Indeed, after finishing with a Lewis-era low of three wins in 2010, the Quakers rebounded this season as a team capable of beating almostanyone. Witness: WC led 2010 Final Four team Wisconsin-Oshkosh at halftime; the Quakers defeated Baldwin-Wallace (nationally ranked 20th); and a player, Erik Hammar, had the team’s first hat trick since 2006 en route to an 11-win season.
“This was a turnaround year, a year we want to build on,” Lewis added.
He said the season started with an “amazing” trip to Spain that was organized by WC soccer alumnus Jose “Nacho” Sanchez ’96, who works for adidas. The opportunity to play soccer in Europe and spent time in Madrid and Barcelona is a distinct component of the soccer program that occurs every three or so years. Previous trips have included itineraries in Bermuda, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Italy.
Seniors recognized were Armin Fejzic, Kris Duff, James Attinger, T.J. Gruber, Matt Bates, Gideon Nocero and Dan Painter.
Captain’s Awards went to Fezjic, Gruber and Dan Wicks, while special recognition was received by Fejzic as Most Valuable Player; Henrik Hornnaess with the Chris Fossitt Memorial Most Improved Player; Ben Armstrong, Golden Brick Award for Most Valuable Defensive Player; Erik Hammar, Golden Boot Award for most points; and Gruber and Bates, Sean Arnold Memorial Coach’s Award.
Players named All-OAC were Fejzic, First Team; Max Eurenius, Second Team; and Erik Hammar and Martin Holmquist, Honorable Mention. Bates was an Academic All-Ohio selection. In addition, Fejzic was named All-Great Lakes Region and Fejzic, Hammar and Holmquist were All-Ohio.