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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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Hailey Wentzloff, GVSU Soccer vs. Rockhurst,11/9/18, GVSU Soccer Feild.  GVL/Katherine Vasile

Preview: GVSU women's soccer prepares to compete in Final Four

The No. 1 Grand Valley State women’s soccer team is headed to Pittsburgh, Penn. on Thursday, Nov. 29 to play in the last stretch of the NCAA tournament. Now in the final four with the No. 1 seed, there is some heightened pressure on the Lakers, but they are handling it well and taking it day by day. With nearly two weeks between the Lakers' last game against Central Missouri and their Pittsburgh match-up against Lee, head coach Jeff Hosler said they are preparing slightly different than past tournament practices.

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

Undefeated: GVSU soccer blows out Davenport to cap off perfect season

The 1972 Dolphins, the 2007 Patriots, UCLA men’s basketball in the 60’s and UConn women’s basketball in the 2010s: there are few cases in the history of sports where teams have finished their respective regular season undefeated, and the 2018 Grand Valley State soccer team joined that elite group on Friday, Oct. 26 with a 5-0 win against Davenport. With this win, GVSU finishes the season with an impressive 17-0-1 record, including finishing the season on a 12-game win streak and winning all nine of their match-ups in the GLIAC. With this incredible regular season, the Lakers enter the GLIAC tournament this week as the top seed and will retain home-field advantage for the entirety of the tournament.

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#9 Madz Ham.  GVL / Archive

“Definitely Bittersweet”: Senior defender Madz Ham reflects on her GVSU career

Anyone who grew up watching USA women's soccer in the past 20 years knows that the last name ‘Hamm’ is synonymous with success on the soccer field, and that’s exactly the case for Grand Valley State, as senior Madz Ham’s final season with the Lakers draws to a close. Although her name is spelled differently, GVSU’s Ham has had an impressive career in Allendale, being the proverbial quarterback of the Laker defense and earning an All-GLIAC first team selection last season. 

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GVSU beats Ferris State in double overtime, remains undefeated

On Friday, Oct. 19, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team faced off with one of GVSU’s biggest rivals: the Ferris State Bulldogs. Through the harsh weather and 110 total game minutes, the Lakers were able to add another win to their record to improve to 16-0-1.  The Lakers hit the road for a match-up against the Bulldogs, and found tough competition in Big Rapids, Mich. Throughout the first half, the Lakers dominated the field with six shots on goal and a lot of action by the Bulldogs goal. 

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