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2009 Soccer Banquet

'Soccer is a cruel lover'

December 10, 2009

Head coach Bud Lewis described 2009 as "a year of great effort — if not results."

Indeed, with five wins and 13 losses, more than a month after the team left the Charlie Gilhart pitch after losing 2-1 in overtime to Baldwin-Wallace, the coach was still at a loss to explain how a team that in August appeared capable of winning a championship could not win a match at home.

"I've never seen a season like this," he said. "This team was a very good team — we were as good as anybody in the OAC, but the bottom line is we didn't get results."

Lewis said the ensuing weeks since last October have allowed him to put the season into a better perspective defined by "why we play the game."

"We win when we give it our best," he said. "The game is a cruel lover and we learned that lesson a lot this year. But I take with me the camaraderie and friendships of the season."

Lewis said this was illustrated by a very satisfying reconciliation he had with one particular coach with whom he'd experienced an "antagonistic relationship" for years and another coach that said Wilmington was the "classiest" team they played this year.

"How you played, how you presented yoruself is why we play the game," Lewis told his team.

While there were no conference trophies this year, it was an awards banquet and many players were recognized for success both on the soccer field and in the classroom.

Quaker Academic Scholar Awards went to: Fall 2008 3.0-3.49 — James Attinger, Matt Bates, Alex Geier, Nate Eberle, Daniel Givens, TJ Gruber, Emil Nordstrom, Daniel Painter, Chris Shomo and Todd Woolum; Fall 2008 3.5+ — Cayleb Paulino and Nick Kinder; Spring 2009 3.0-3.49 — Nate Eberle, Alex Geier, Brock Gill, Daniel Givens, Donny Herrington and Nick Kinder; and Spring 2009 3.5+ — Matt Bates, Kevin Brown, TJ Gruber, Dan Painter and Cayleb Paulino (4.0).

John and Kay Kinder received the Game Ball Award for their support of the program.

Several players won conference recognition, including Daniel Givens and Michael Kiszkiel, Second Team All-OAC; and Emil Nordstrom and Nick Kinder, Honorable Mention All-OAC. Kinder and Paulino were First Team Academic All-OAC.

While Givens and Paulino received Coach's Awards recognition, this year's special awards went to: Drew Hansen and Chris Geeding, co-Chris Fossit Most Improved awards; Daniel Givens, Golden Brick Award; Michael Kiszkiel, Golden Boot Award; Nate Eberle, Sean Arnold Coach's Award for sportsmanship, perseverance and love of the game; and Daniel Givens, Most Valuable Player as selected by the team.