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GVSU soccer's Riko Sagara joins GRFC for the off-season

The Grand Valley State women's soccer team has been no stranger to success in the last several months. With an appearance in the NCAA Championship game, winning the GLIAC title and a handful of team and individual awards, the Lakers have much to be proud of. One of those award winners was junior Riko Sagara, who was named GLIAC Offense Player of the Year. In order to keep in shape and prepare for next season, Sagara joined the Grand Rapids Football Club for their 2019 season.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Tara Lierman (8) looks on toward the play. GVSU Women's Soccer defeats University of Findlay at home Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

Transition play: GVSU soccer star takes up basketball

It takes serious talent to be a two-sport athlete in college. While many people play multiple sports in high school, they’re usually only good enough to advance and play at a high level in one during their college years.  Coming out of Holt High School in Holt, Mich., Tara Lierman knew she was a talented at both soccer and basketball, but made an early decision to strictly pursue soccer at Grand Valley State. Her decision paid off, as the midfielder went on to play in 100 games for the Lakers while starting in 74 of them, scoring 29 goals and handing out 23 assists. GVSU went 91-8-3 with a three national championship appearances, one national title and four GLIAC titles. Individually, Lierman was named to multiple All-American teams and maintained excellent status in the classroom. However, hoops fever returned for the soccer star and she made an executive decision.

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GVSU soccer's Lierman, Ham win academic awards

Even though the Lakers fell short, taking their first loss of the season against Bridgeport in the final, the Lakers ended the season with a 25-1-1 record. Not only were the Lakers successful on the field, but in the classroom as well. Seniors Tara Lierman and Madz Ham were both honored for their academic performances in 2018 fall semester at GVSU. 

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GVSU soccer falls in final

After beating Lee 3-0 on Thursday, Nov. 29, the undefeated Grand Valley State women's soccer team fell in the national title game 1-0 to Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 1 to finish the season as national runner-ups in Pittsburgh, Penn. 

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GVSU Soccer vs. Rockhurst, 11/9/18, GVSU Soccer Field. GVL / Katherine Vasile

GVSU soccer advances to national championship

The undefeated Grand Valley State women’s soccer team is headed to the Division II NCAA national championship. The Lakers faced off with Lee on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the semi-final game in Pittsburgh, Penn, winning 3-0. They will now prepare for Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 1. GVSU continues with a record of 25-0-1, and Lee ends their season at 17-7-1.

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GVSU Girl’s Soccer Team facing Purdue Northwest in the GLIAC Tournament on October 30th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Final Four bound: GVSU beats Ferris State and Central Missouri to advance

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team competed in the Midwest NCAA Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 16 where they beat the Ferris State Bulldogs before advancing to the national quarterfinal, beating the Central Missouri Mules to advance to the national semifinals.  At a brisk 32 degrees, the Lakers battled aggressively against the Bulldogs for a full 90 minutes, vying each minute of the game to get that win. The first half shook the Lakers quickly, with the first and only Bulldog goal to happen within two minutes of the starting whistle. 

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GVSU Soccer vs. Rockhurst, 11/9/18, GVSU Soccer Field. GVL / Katherine Vasile

GVSU soccer posts two more shutouts en route to third round

As the GLIAC champions for the 14th consecutive year, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team earned the No. 1 seed to start off the NCAA tournament. Their first game was against No. 8 seed Rockhurst on Friday, Nov. 9. The Lakers shut out the Hawks, earning a 7-0 win over them in a game both physically and mentally demanding, as the first snow of the season fell all throughout the match.

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GVSU Girl’s Soccer Team facing Purdue Northwest in the GLIAC Tournament on October 30th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Champs: GVSU soccer beats trio of conference foes en route to GLIAC title

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team dominated the GLIAC tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 4 to win the GLIAC championship, defeating Purdue-Northwest 6-1 in the quarterfinal, Ashland 3-0 in the semis and Ferris State 4-0 in the title game.  Though the Lakers were ahead for the majority of the match against UPN on Tuesday, they seemed to be off-beat compared to their usual intense style of play. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team’s performance showed a lack of respect for the game and for their opponent, and was looking for a complete turnaround for Friday’s game.

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Cecilia Steinwascher, GVSU Soccer vs. Davenport,10/26/18, GVSU Soccer Filed.  GVL/Katherine Vasile

Postseason Preview: GVSU soccer looks to carry success into GLIAC Tournament

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team secured their undefeated record in the regular season on Friday against Davenport University with a 5-0 win. Now, the team is looking ahead to starting the GLIAC tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The Lakers are heading into the tournament as the GLIAC Champions, sitting at No. 1 and beating out their opponents in almost every statistic. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team’s focus was first set on Davenport, as to not overlook them, and then prepare for next week.

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