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Team Holds Annual Banquet; Holmquist Named MVP

Bud Lewis: 'We're making some good progress'

December 3, 2012

Award winners pictured, from the left, Martin Holmquist, Most Valuable Player; Joey Brown, Chris Fossitt Most Improved Award; Timmy Wiederhold and Jesse Ingles, Sean Arnold Coach's Awards, Dan Wicks, Golden Boot Award; and Antonio Trujillo, Golden Brick Award.

Award winners pictured, from the left, Martin Holmquist, Most Valuable Player; Joey Brown, Chris Fossitt Most Improved Award; Timmy Wiederhold and Jesse Ingles, Sean Arnold Coach's Awards, Dan Wicks, Golden Boot Award; and Antonio Trujillo, Golden Brick Award.

The realization that Ohio Northern University defeated Williams College 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament semifinals hours before Wilmington College men’s soccer banquet Nov. 30 provided a backdrop to the evening. It illuminated the fact that WC, which held an early lead on the Polar Bears, is only a few players away from potentially attaining that elevated level of competition.

“We’re moving in the right direction — we’re making some good progress,” coach Bud Lewis said as he reflected upon the 2012 season.

Lewis mentioned he was wearing his 2004 Ohio Athletic Conference championship ring, something he rarely does.

“I’d like to see a lot of you players get one of these,” he said. “We’re not that far away.”

The team made positive strides this season as it finished the campaign with an 11-8-1 (5-3-1 OAC) record and Kiwanis Classic championship. Also, he noted that some of the teams that defeated the Quakers early in the season went on to have excellent records, including Hiram (15-2-1), Allegheny (15-3-1) and Transylvania (16-1-2).

“It took us a while to get settled,” Lewis said, noting the team enjoyed a mid-season seven-game unbeaten streak. “We made quite a run through the OAC.”

That run ended on a blustery evening at John Carroll in the OAC Tournament semifinals when the Blue Streaks scored in overtime to take 4-3 another classic in the long-standing rivalry between the teams. It marked the first time WC played in November since its 2006 OAC finals match at ONU.

Lewis praised the lone senior, Jesse Ingles, as “more than any other player, one that brings intangibles" to the sport.

“Jesse showed an energy and passion for the game and a love for his teammates — he was a blue collar worker every day at practice,” he said. “I loved the way he talked about his teammates and his excitement for the team’s success.”

(LEFT) Martin Holmquist in action vs. Ohio Northern.

Lewis also recognized the team for academic achievement as, during the 2011-12 school year, the Quakers boasted the best grade point average of any men’s team at WC.

Academic recognition went to: Fall 2011 minimum 3.0 GPA — Caleb Betz, Jeff Graham, Henrik Hornnaess and Dan Wicks; Fall 2011 minimum 3.5 GPA — Joey Brown, Erik Hammar and Timmy Wiederhold; Spring 2012 minimum 3.0 GPA — Caleb Betz, Jeff Graham, Taylor Henderson, Anton Nicklasson, Jesse Ingles, Martin Holmquist, Evan Schlagetter, Dan Wicks and Timmy Wiederhold; and Spring 2012 minimum 3.5 GPA — Joey Brown and Kurt Egbert.

Academic All-OAC selections for this fall went to Joey Brown and Evan Schlagetter.

All-OAC selections featured Henrik Hornnaess and Martin Holmquist on the First Team and Dan Wicks earning Honorable Mention. Not yet publicly announced, Lewis revealed that Holmquist received All-Great Lakes Region Second Team accolades and Hornnaess was named to the Third Team. All Ohio selections will be made at the national coaches convention in January.

Randy Sarvis, WC's director of public relations, received the Game Ball Award for his ongoing support and contributions to the program. Dan Wicks, Evan Schlagetter and Henrik Hornnaess earned captain recognition.

Other special awards went to: Joey Brown, Chris Fossitt Most Improved Award; Dan Wicks, Golden Boot Award for most points (5 goals, 5 assists), Antonio Trujillo, Golden Brick Award for defensive impact; and Jesse Ingles and Timmy Wiederhold, Sean Arnold ’86 Coach’s Award for their “unselfishness, hard work and being strong teammates.”

Martin Holmquist was 2012 Most Valuable Player.