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Johnson, Gutowski named All-Ohio

Quakers honored for soccer excellence

January 4, 2012

Amy Johnson (at left) and Rachel Gutowski have been named to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Ohio Women's Soccer Team.

Amy Johnson (at left) and Rachel Gutowski have been named to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Ohio Women's Soccer Team.

Wilmington College senior defender Amy Johnson and sophomore defender Rachel Gutowski have been named to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Ohio Women’s Soccer Team. Both were third team selections.

“These honors mean a lot to these players and to our program,” Wilmington head coach Steve Spirk said. “Having good players on your team makes an impact on reaching your goals, which for us was to get back to the conference tournament and give ourselves a chance to get to the national tournament. It also is a good example for the younger players to see the leadership from older players who are receiving these types of honors. It has an impact on the whole team.”

Johnson (Wilmington) distinguished herself as a student and an athlete. On the field, she was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and was an All-Ohio pick twice. In the classroom, she earned three Academic All-OAC honors.

“Amy was a player who made significant impact in our program. She leaves an incredible legacy, in terms of what she accomplished and what she helped the team accomplish. She’s definitely going to be hard to replace,” Spirk said.

Gutowski (Petoskey, Mich.) has caught the eyes of players and coaches across the state and Great Lakes Region. She is a two-time All-OAC selection.

“Rachel’s toughness and competitiveness are respected by other teams and coaches,” Spirk said. “Even though she is only a sophomore, she has proven that she is a gamer. She practices hard and plays hard. The good news for us is that we have her two more years.”