By Andy Milligan
It’s Homecoming week and fall sports at UF are in full swing. Volleyball, Football, and Soccer all have packed schedules, and you do NOT want to miss any of the action.
The lady Oilers are off to a FLAMING start to the season on the court, going undefeated through 9 conference games and 12-7 overall. On a 10-game winning streak, UF has been firing on all cylinders and are ready for action in their next matchup Friday Oct. 7 at Ashland University, another conference opponent. Sophomore, and G-Mac athlete of the week Journey Blevins lead the team in kills with 287, and Veteran Norah Painter is the squad runner-up with 159. Freshman star Emma White has more than 700 assists so far this season, proving her maturity in the spotlight this season.
Men’s Soccer is off to a solid start this season, boasting of a 7-3-1 record. Fresh off a convincing 6-0 shutout of Ohio Dominican at home, they are confident headed into the latter half of the season and the playoffs. The Oilers are yet to give up a goal in a conference game this season! The Oilers Men’s squad certainly has a balanced offensive attack, with nine players all tied for the team lead with 11 goals. Solid defense has been the key to a great start for the men’s team in 2022.
Women’s soccer is also off to a solid start heading into October. Sitting at 5-4-2 overall this season (with four of those wins coming in conference games) the Lady Oilers have been a stone wall defensively- allowing just 12 goals in as many games this season to go with their five shutouts. Sophomore Carly Wagasky has been a bright spot this season, with eight goals in 10 games.
This season, the Oilers are off to a 1-4 overall start. However, don’t count them out just yet- two of their losses have been against highly ranked opponents and have yet to be held scoreless this season. Entering the homecoming game this weekend against unranked Northwood, the Oilers are favored to win big- and coaches and staff are confident in the ability of their playmakers to put on a show for the home crowd.
Averaging almost 500 yards per game of total offense, bright spots in the Findlay offensive core include Senior quarterback Jeremy Hunt, who has almost eclipsed the 1,000-yard passing mark already this season.
Hunt’s favorite target this season has been Junior receiver Tanner Shroeder, with 22 receptions for 250+ yards through just five games.
Heading the rushing game is sophomore Garret Clark, boasting of 79 attempts for 468 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. against Northwood at Donnell Stadium in Findlay.