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Women's soccer picked sixth, men's fifth by OAC Coaches

August 17, 2012

AUSTINTOWN, OH – The Ohio Athletic Conference soccer coaches picked the Wilmington College men’s and women’s soccer programs to finish the 2012 season fifth and sixth, respectively.

Wilmington’s men’s team finished the season fourth in the OAC with a 5-4 conference record, but lost in the first round of the OAC tournament to Mount Union.

“The OAC is now one of the top soccer conferences in the country and the preseason coach's poll reflects the finish of last year's teams with ONU finishing on top and we finished regular season as the number four team,” said WC men’s coach Bud Lewis. “Ranked fifth in conference in the preseason poll means we need to impress upon our players that according to other OAC coaches, they do not see us as a top OAC team. This definitely provides us with added incentive to make our play and results create a different impression.”

The Quakers will be led by junior Erik Hammar (Stockholm, Sweden/Ava Gymnasium), who finished seventh in the OAC with eight goals. Junior Henrik Hornnaess (Brumunddal, Norway/Hamar Katerdralskole) will also be looked up to add a scoring punch to the Wilmington offense.

Sophomore defender Martin Holmquist (Karlstad, Sweden/Alvkulle Gymnasiet) returns after earning Honorable Mention All-OAC last year.

Steve Spirk’s women’s team qualified for the OAC tournament with a win over Heidelberg in the season finale, but fell to eventual champion Capital in the postseason tournament. It was the sixth consecutive season the Quakers reached the OAC tournament.

Junior Rachel Gutowski , a two-time All-OAC performer, anchors the WC defense, while second-teamer Sarah Watters (Cincinnati/Turpin) and junior Lauren Price (Xenia/Waynesville) will lead the offensive attack.

The men’s team will kick off the 2012 campaign 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 1 against Hiram at the Allegheny Kick-Off tournament, while the women will face Franklin 2 p.m. September 1 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational.