Finlandia kicks into WIAC men’s soccer competition
Men’s soccer teams in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will be playing for a conference crown beginning in 2009 with the addition of Finlandia as an a associate member in the sport.
The Michigan institution will be the league’s fifth men’s soccer entrant, and also will be the WIAC’s fifth affiliate school (its first in soccer).
“The addition of Finlandia elevates the sport of men’s soccer to championship status within the WIAC, thereby providing our men’s soccer teams the opportunity to compete for a conference championship and for our student-athletes to vie for all-conference recognition and other individual honors,” said Commissioner Gary Karner.
Finlandia joins Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Platteville, Wisconsin-Superior and Wisconsin-Whitewater in soccer competition.
“Our association within arguably the strongest DIII athletics conference in the country will provide unprecedented opportunities for continued development of our men’s soccer program and provides our men’s soccer student-athletes a level of distinction and opportunity to be very proud of,” said Chris Salani, Finlandia director of athletics.
Other affiliate members of the WIAC are Lawrence in wrestling and Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline and Winona State in women’s gymnastics.
Nine other Finlandia teams play as independents. Its men’s ice hockey team is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association and its women’s ice hockey team competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
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