Column: One game won't define legacy of 2016 GVSU soccer senior class

For the first time in four years, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team played in the NCAA National Championship and did not emerge victorious. The Lakers fell to Western Washington 3-2 in a heartbreaking game in the finals. For the program’s five four-year seniors, it was the first time they lost a postseason game in their careers. With the loss, the senior class fell a game short of matching the 1997 class of Franklin Pierce that won four straight national championships.

Women's soccer vs. Western Washington

GVSU misses out on fourth straight national championship

For the first time in four years, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team did not emerge as national champions after the last game of the season. The Lakers fell one game, one goal short in a 3-2 loss to the Western Washington Vikings in the NCAA Division II National Championship Saturday, Dec. 3 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Marti Corby celebrates her second goal of the semi final game on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016.

GVSU downs Columbus State 3-0 in semifinal

In a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Finals, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team faced off against Columbus State in the NCAA Semifinals, and like last season, the Lakers bested the Cougars, this time by one more goal. The Lakers beat Columbus State 3-0 to move onto to the team’s fourth straight NCAA National Championship.


Column: A GVSU womens soccer fan travel guide

History could be made by the GVSU women's soccer team this upcoming Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3 as the Lakers travel to Kansas City, Missouri in search of their fourth consecutive NCAA National Championship title and sixth overall. GVSU is currently tied with Franklin Pierce University with five total national championships. The Lakers will square off against Columbus State in a rematch of last year’s national semifinal contest and, should GVSU win, would face the winner of the Western Washington versus Kutztown match in the championship game.