Wells Holds First Men's Soccer Alumni Game

05-16-12 - The current Wells Express team showed spirit, but couldn’t top veterans of the program.

The Wells College men’s soccer program coordinated the College’s first ever alumni soccer game this month. The program, which had its inaugural season in 2006, welcomed back its graduating classes from 2010 and 2011. Eight of the nine former Express student-athletes were able to make the trip back to Aurora for the game; they were joined by current seniors from the graduating class of 2012 that have also played on the team in the past.

The alumni showed their experience by beating the current team on the beautiful Saturday afternoon. Derek Wheeler ’10 showed that his time at Syracuse Law School has still allowed him to keep his game sharp. Similarly, Braden Allen ’11 displayed his deft touch and field vision as he played against the team he helped coach through the fall and spring. Braden also works as an admissions counselor for Wells College.

While the game was a huge hit, the most entertaining part of the event, the organizers reported, was listening to the alumni team share stories with the current team. The conversation quickly jumped from practices, to shared experiences with professors, to memorable wins, to life in the real world. The participants extended a special thanks to the office of alumni relations, department of athletics, and Working Grounds Foreman Jim Button.


Bottom from left to right: Levi Christman ’15, CJ Bayly ’14, Trevor Fahey ’15, Charlie Naula ’15, Forrest Lambert ’14, Adam Sullivan ’14, Patrick Arancio ’12, Billy Schanbacher ’15, Justin Rigney ’12

Top from left to right: Head Coach Dan Kane, Patrick O’Callaghan ’14, Delroy Roberts ’12, Luke Miller ’13, Cody Primmer ’15, Jonathon Mulcahey ’12, Derek Wheeler ’10, Blasdimil Gomez ’11, Ryan Huggins ’12, Mike Birklin ’10, John Iapoce ’11, Nick Accordino ’10, Court Carnaghan ’10, Assistant Coach Braden Allen ’11, Uche Ongaro ’15, Assistant Coach Doc Cook.

Not pictured: Cody Glassman ’11, Patrick Sodums ’11.



David Foote, communications associate, dfoote@wells.edu, 315-364-3460