’03 Champs Set for Wall of Honor

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The 2003 men’s soccer team captured the University of Rio Grande’s first team national championship, and thusly earned the right to be the first RedStorm team inducted into the Wall of Honor.

The ’03 champs, who finished 24-0-1 and outscored its opponents 82-6, will be honored during an induction ceremony Oct. 12 on the Evan E. Davis Soccer Field.

“That was really a special team,” RedStorm coach Scott Morrissey said. “Everyone played a key role in that season.”

The ceremony highlights an action-packed day of soccer with the annual high school showcase schedule for noon and 2 p.m. games, the RedStorm women’s team hosting Shawnee State University at 5 p.m. and the men’s team also hosting the Bears at 7 p.m.

The Wall of Honor induction is scheduled in between RedStorm games at 6:30 p.m. Halftime of the men’s game also will feature ’03 senior captain Steven Kehoe’s induction into the University of Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame.

“During my time at Rio Grande I met some very special people who I consider to be my closet and dearest friends to this day,” Kehoe said. “There are a number of individuals to whom I owe a great deal for providing me with an opportunity that changed the course of my life. … The special relationship we had both on and off the pitch enabled us to achieve what we did, a feat that has yet to be surpassed.”

Kehoe, MVP of the ’03 team and All American, lives in Wales and is a professor of Sports Coaching at Llandrillo College.

Not all 26 members of the team will be present for the Oct. 12 ceremony, but the vast majority are scheduled to attend.

Ben Callon, the sophomore midfielder who scored the game-winner in the 39th minute of the ’03 national championship game against Fresno Pacific, is among the players expected in attendance. Callon works in business and coaches at Georgia Gwinnett University in England.

Sean Wiseman, the freshman forward who assisted on the championship goal, also is scheduled to attend. Wiseman works for a tobacco company and lives in Proctorville.

Director of Alumni Relations Annette Ward said the ’03 men’s soccer team holds a special place in Rio Grande lore and is the perfect inaugural inductee into the Wall of Honor.

“The purpose of the Wall of Honor is to select and honor outstanding teams who have contributed significantly to the advancement of Rio Athletics and who by their record on the playing field, have provided the university with lasting leadership and success,” Ward said. “There is no question the 2003 national championship team meets that standard, and October 12 will be a special day in Rio Grande.”

Oct. 12 also marks the annual Rockets Over Rio fireworks display and close of the Bob Evans Farms Festival.

Other members of the ’03 men’s soccer team include:

Adam Brown, sophomore midfielder: The Lancaster native finished the season with one goal and two assists.

Gerard Bush, freshman defender: The Okeana native finished the season with one goal and one assist. Bush works in business in Cincinnati.

Simon Carey, junior forward: The Preston, England native finished second on the team with 18 goals and three assists. The All American scored the game-winner in the 33rd minute of a 3-1 win against defending national champ Mobile in the national quarterfinals, then netted the lone goal in the 66th minute of a 1-0 win against Hastings in the national semifinal. Carey owns a construction business in England.

John Carroll, sophomore midfielder: The Preston, England native led Rio Grande with 14 assists and also netted a pair of goals. Carroll works in business in England.

Connor Dawson, freshman midfielder: The Belfast, Northern Ireland native finished the season with six assists and works for Enterprise in Columbus.

Matt Eversole, freshman goalkeeper: The Waverly native was a reserve for championship team and works for a marketing company in Pittsburg.

Mark Fahey, junior defender: The Preston, England native finished the season with five goals and three assists. He scored the game-winner in the 88th minute of a 2-1 win against Virginia Intermont during the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. Fahey works for a bank in England.

Paul Fiddler, freshman midfielder: The Preston, England native finished the season with three assists. Fiddler works in business in England.

Kyle Gilbert, freshman midfielder: The West Milton native finished with a pair of assists, both in an 8-0 win against Shawnee State.

Tony Griffiths, freshman defender: The Glascow, Scotland native finished the season with six goals and one assist. His goal in the 56th minute against Notre Dame College was the first of the season for Rio. Griffiths works in finance in Scotland.

Tim Hart, freshman goalkeeper: The Coventry, England native contributed in a 4-0 shutout of King College. Hart coaches at Albany University.

Jason Harvey, junior midfielder: The Anglesey, Wales native was tied for second on the team with eight assists and two goals. One of his goals came unassisted and served as the game-winner in the 69th minute of a 2-1 win against Tiffin in the NAIA Region IX Championship. Harvey owns a construction business in Wales.

Guy Hayward, freshman goalkeeper: The Preston, England native suffered a season ending knee injury in the preseason.

Nils Hocke, senior midfielder: The Berlin, Germany native finished the season with eight goals and five assists. Hocke works in advertising in Germany.

Ben Hughes, freshman midfielder: The Llanduno, Wales native finished the season with eight goals and three assists. Hughes works in finance in Wales.

Ben Hunter, freshman forward: The Doncaster, England native led the team with 20 goals and seven assists. He scored four goals in a 10-0 win against Cornerstone and assisted on Carey’s national semifinal goal against Hastings. Hunter plays professionally in England.

Phillip Lance, junior forward: The Jackson native finished with one goal in a 10-0 win against Cornerstone. Lance lives in Italy as a dentist in the army.

Eric Mains, freshman midfielder: The Lucasville native served in a reserve capacity for the national championship team.

Michael McManus, senior midfielder: The Belfast, Northern Ireland native served in a reserve capacity for the national championship team. McManus works in the medical field in Cincinnati.

Noel Monaghan, senior midfielder: The Belfast, Northern Ireland native finished the season with one assist and earned All American status.

Courtney Rimmer, sophomore defender: The Preston, England native finished the season with one goal and two assists.

Oliver Sanders, senior goalkeeper: The Colchester, England native finished the season with 40 saves and 18 shutouts. He tallied seven saves in the 2-1 regional final win against Tiffin, four saves in a 3-1 victory against defending national champion Mobile in the national quarterfinals, three saves in the 1-0 shutout against Hastings in the national semifinals and five saves in the 1-0 national championship shutout against Fresno Pacific. Sanders works for Coca-Cola in London, England.

Matt Williamson, freshman goalkeeper: The Pomeroy native served in a reserve capacity for the national championship team.