HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (April 22, 2008)—Hampden-Sydney head soccer coach Josh Laux has selected four players to captain his 2008 soccer squad. Senior Jason Powell (Marietta, GA/Pope) joins 2007 captains Jason Butler (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin), Michael Krewinghaus (Williamsburg, VA/Tabb) and Ben Marchetti (Richmond, VA/Benedictine) as leaders of a team that figures to be in the hunt for Hampden-Sydney's first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship.
Butler, a first team All-ODAC and first team Virginia Sports Information Director's all-state selection in 2007, will return as the anchor to the Tigers' midfield unit. The hard-nosed midfielder tied for the team lead with 17 points, courtesy of five goals and seven assists, while his point total ranked eighth on the ODAC list. His team-leading seven assists were good enough for a tie for second in that conference category. A rugged and durable player, Butler will once again serve as the playmaker for the Tiger unit.
Powell earned second team All-ODAC and all-state recognition one year ago. The electric forward led the Tigers and ranked sixth in the ODAC with seven goals on the season, five of which came in Hampden-Sydney's final seven matches of the year. Powell scored four game-winning goals and tied Butler for points with 17 while also handing out three assists. His quality leadership ability and competitive spirit are as formidable a weapon as his fleet feet and superior creativity on the flank and up top.
Krewinghaus is one of the most experienced players on the Tigers' roster, and rebounded from a severe, season-ending knee injury in 2006 to register a solid junior campaign. Krewinghaus notched two goals and one assist on the season, including the game-winning goal in Hampden-Sydney's 4-1 victory over eventual ODAC champion Roanoke College. His intelligence and distribution skill in the midfield will be key to Hampden-Sydney's success in 2008.
Marchetti, who stands in second place on the all-time Hampden-Sydney career shut-out list with 12, reaffirms his position as team captain in 2008. Marchetti earned his record setting clean sheet by shutting out Randolph College midway through the season. His vocal leadership and experience are crucial assets to the entire squad.
"I feel that our team is in great hands under the leadership of these four seniors," said Laux. "These guys are part of my first recruiting class at Hampden-Sydney and have been major reasons why the program has improved each year. Their hard work and dedication to the team has allowed them to gain the respect of their teammates and has allowed me to place them in this challenging, yet honorable position. I have great confidence that each of them will excel in the captain's role and make our team better."