July 31, 2007

Wheeler Caps Outstanding Summer with PDL Honor

    YORK, PA-York College senior forward Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) capped an outstanding summer as he was named to the Premier Development League All-Star squad. Wheeler, who starred for the Hampton Roads Piranhas, was a named as a first-team forward in the league which features 63 teams in four regions around the nation.
    Wheeler, the 2006 Capital Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year, finished his 16 game stint in the PDL with 14 goals and five assists for 33 points. He finished the regular season ranked third in points and in goals scored. Wheeler led the Piranhas to a record of 14-0-2 as they were only undefeated team in the Premier League. Hampton Roads broke the all-time PDL consecutive shutout record with ten. They won the Mid-Atlantic Division title, the regular season Eastern Conference title, and the regular season Premier Development League championship. Wheeler was one of three Piranhas to earn All-PDL recognition. It marked the first time in league history that five players from one squad have earned all-league recognition.
    The PDL is a league for top amateur players in the nation and features 63 teams spread out throughout four divisions. The Eastern Conference is comprised of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Divisions while the Central Conference has the Great Lakes and the Heartland Divisions. The Southern Conference features the Mid-South and Southeast Divisions while the Western Conference is home to the Northwest and Southwest Divisions. Each team carries between 18 to 20 players meaning that Wheeler is one of the best 11 of over 1,135 players in the league. The league has a number of famous alumni including former United States World Cup players Eric Wynalda and Joe Max Moore. Each PDL team is allowed five professional players that get paid to play while the remainder of the roster is comprised of top Division I, II and III players.
    Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig is pleased with Wheeler’s summer.
    “This has been a very big summer for Andrew both as a player and a person,” says Ludwig. “He has shown to me as well as many at the upper level of soccer that he can play at a very high level. We look forward to having him compete in our quest for a national title this year. In addition, he has an extremely bright future at the professional level.”
    Wheeler and his Spartan teammates open fall camp on Sunday, August 19. The green and white then open up their 2007 campaign with a home game against Albright College on Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 pm.

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