Genoa’s Corey Welsh playing soccer at Lourdes

As Lourdes University’s men’s soccer team returns to the pitch this fall for the 2021 season, the Gray Wolves will look to build upon the best season in program history. 

Joining the team this year is sophomore defender Corey Welsh (Genoa), who transferred from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.

Welsh was a four-year letter winner for the Comets and a first team All-Northern Buckeye Conference honoree who also lettered in wrestling. Corey is the son of Heath and Julie Welsh and is majoring in exercise science at Lourdes.

Despite an unconventional 2020 campaign that carried into the spring of 2021, Lourdes won a school record nine matches last season on the way to a 9-8-1 overall record and a 6-4-1 mark in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.  The Gray Wolves finished in fourth place in the league ledger, the highest finish in program history, and hosted a WHAC tournament match for the first time.

Head coach Matt Johnson returns 31 players to the program from last year while adding several talented newcomers in building a roster of 39 student-athletes for the 2021 season.

The 2021 season opened on Aug. 21 at Olivet Nazarene, the first of five consecutive road matches to start the year for the Gray Wolves.  The home opener is set for Sept. 11 against Point Park with Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play commencing on Sept. 25 at Siena Heights.

The Lourdes University men’s soccer team was selected to finish in fifth place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in 2021, according to the preseason poll conducted of the league’s head coaches.

The Gray Wolves tallied 89 points, three more than sixth place Lawrence Tech, in the balloting of the 12 coaches. Indiana Tech was the unanimous selection to win the league title, garnering all 12 first place votes.  





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