#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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GVL / Daniel Pacheco

Cardinal Down: GVSU soccer beats Saginaw Valley in overtime, remain undefeated on the year

The Lakers started out strong and quick, scoring their first goal in the first two minutes of the game. After a bit of bobbling around the goal, sophomore Sydney O’Donnell nabbed the ball on the left corner of the 18’ and was able to send it into the goal, unassisted. The Lakers showed great determination in keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard, despite pressure in playing against cross-Valley rivals. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team doesn’t worry too much about their opponents, no matter who it is.

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GVL / Daniel Pacheco

GVSU soccer comes out on top against Michigan Tech

Throughout the first half of Friday’s game, it was a back and forth battle between the Lakers and Huskies, both aggressively trying to find the back of the net. With long, slick grass, some players found trouble getting their footing, adding difficulty to executing opportunities to score. Head coach Jeff Hosler encouraged his players to continue playing through the less-than-ideal field as both teams were fighting the same weather.

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GVL / Daniel Pacheco

Cooperate to dominate: GVSU soccer stays undefeated, beats Purdue Northwest 10-0

Domination has been the name of the game for the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team, and as they reach the midway point of their season, they continued to dominate on the field this past Friday, Sept. 28, traveling to Purdue-Northwest and beating the Pride 10-0. Goals were easy to come by in the match for the Lakers as Madeline Becker lead the team in scoring with three goals, all coming in the first half. This was the freshman’s first hat trick since joining the Lakers this fall.

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GVSU soccer continues on hot start, shuts out Indy 5-0

After losing a bit of their momentum in the past weekend, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team swept University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 18, earning the win over the Greyhound’s in a 5-0 match. The Lakers advance their record to 6-0-1 in the season. Tuesday’s game was the third game in five days for the Lakers with the previous two matches resulting in a close win over Northwood University and a draw against Ashland. Head coach Jeff Hosler felt good about the well-earned and needed win.

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Tara Lierman celebrates Gabriella Mencotti's goal against Ohio Dominican on Sunday November 12, 2017.  GVL / Archive

GVSU soccer senior Tara Lierman brings experience to young team

Entering her senior season, Lierman has been assigned a new role with GVSU.  Starting in a holding midfield position, Lierman is now seen as the first line of defense for the Lakers, where she is asked to win pivotal one-on-one match-ups, rescue possessions and be the "quarterback" of the defense. Lierman had a breakout year in 2017, starting all 24 games at midfield and posting the third-most points in the GLIAC (34), while tying for third in goals (13) and fifth in assists (8). 

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Keeping the ball rolling: GVSU soccer stays undefeated

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team stuck to their winning ways this week, as they picked up two wins to improve to 3-0-0 on the year.  GVSU came out hot against Missouri-St. Louis, scoring five goals in the first half before blowing the Tritons out 7-0 last Sunday, Sept. 2. They rode that momentum into this weekend, grabbing another home win against Ohio Valley, 1-0 on Sept. 7.

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