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OCU Men's Soccer 2009 Season Wrap-Up

April 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM


The 2009 season was without a doubt the best season in school history. The team set four team records and senior Adem Ali set four individual records.

It was the first winning season in OCU men's soccer history as the team was able to finish at 10-5-3, with ten wins being the most in program history. The team also set records in goals scored with 48, fewest goals allowed with 22, and most shutouts in a season with five. It was also the first season in program history in which the team was nationally ranked, being named in the top ten or receiving votes five weeks out of the season.

The Mighty Oaks were able to advance to the NCCAA Mid-East Regional final game where they were eliminated by Conenant College 0-2. The season's only tie came against NCAA Division II power Bellarmine University. The team also finished ranked 12th nationally in winning percentage in the NCCAA as well as 11th in scoring and 12th in fewest goals allowed.

Individually, graduating senior Adem Ali was able to surpass the single season records for goals (16), assists (10), and total points (42). He also set the career mark for assists with 20. He now stands second only to OCU soccer legend Schuyler Redpath in career points and goals. Ali was named NCCAA Honorable Mention All-American as well as First Team All-Region for the 2009 season, finishing ranked 8th nationally in points per game, 10th in goals per game and tied for 13th with teammate Callum Grindlay in assists per game.

Grindlay finished the season tied for the third in OCU history for assists in a season with Matt Sturgeon (2002), with eight. Senior Adam Richardville was named NCCAA Scholar Athlete as twelve of the twenty-one players stood with a GPA of 3.0 or better through the fall semester.

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