"The best teams are talent rich. That is a given. We invite the most talented players to challenge themselves to play for the some of the best teams in the country."

Hawks Spring Showcase Teams for 2000 - 2003 girls

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The Michigan Hawks are excited to offer a spring showcase team this coming spring for players from all clubs. This team will allow players who chose not to play high school to have a viable option to continue playing. The team will attend at least two top spring college showcases and we will arrange for regional competition for their games. Players can participate in their HS track teams during the spring. Practices will be twice a week and scheduled do make sure all can attend.

Important information

Who - 2 teams - 00, 01 and 02, 03 (Teams will be multiage group teams, but can be single age group if numbers work)

When - March, April, June

Events - Blue Chip College Showcase, Crossroads College Showcase, + one more

Practices - 2 times per week

Cost - The initial deposit is $200 due by December 1st then $200 installments are due 2/17/18 and 3/17/18

TeamSnap Registration Link https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/68644  is due by December 1st and will charge $200 Initial Deposit upon registration. No refunds unless the team does not have enough players to form a team.

Coach for 00, 01, 02 Gene Pulice

Coach for 03's Nate Stovall

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Girls: U16 GNT player talks USC commitment

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JOYELLE WASHINGTON, Forward, Michigan Hawks

Class: 2020

Commitment: USC

In two appearances with the U16 Girls National Team this season, Joyelle Washington has delivered a team-best-tying two goals. Now, this attacking player from Michigan is taking her talents to USC ... in a couple years.

The Class of 2020 prospect from Michigan who plays for the Michigan Hawks has been involved in three U16 National Team events this season.

"I chose USC because the coaching staff is amazing, the players are great, and the education is phenomenal," Washington said. "It felt like the best fit to help me move towards a positive direction for my future. ... As a college player I would love to be a part of another national championship and continue to work hard for my teammates and help them get better as individuals every day.

"What I like about USC soccer program is that they are hard working and the growth they've had over the past couple of years they continue to improve and grow as a team," she said. "What I liked about the school is even though it's so far away from home, it still felt like home for me."

Washington also considered MichiganNotre DameWisconsinOhio State and Virginia

Girls Dev Academy Standouts: Oct. 11

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It was a busy weekend in the Girls Development Academy with marquee games across the map on both Saturday and Sunday. With so many teams in action, there were plenty of options for the TopDrawerSoccer Girls Development Academy Standouts of the Week. Check out who made the list below.

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TDS Girls Development Academy Players of the Week: Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire U18/19), Cordelia Cross(Los Angeles Premier FC U16/17), Lauren Memoly (West Coast FC U15), Sophie Beck (Eagles SC U14)

TopDrawerSoccer Development Academy U18/U19 Standouts: Oct. 7-8

Camryn EvansMichigan Hawks - Evans scored three goals in Michigan Hawks’ 5-0 win over Nationals on Friday.

TopDrawerSoccer Development Academy U16/17 Standouts: Oct. 7-8

Chloe WoodbeckMichigan Hawks - Woodbeck scored a goal and played all 90 minutes in Michigan Hawks thrilling 3-2 win over Nationals on Friday.

TopDrawerSoccer Development Academy U15 Standouts: Oct. 7-8

Samantha WoodsMichigan Hawks - Woods scored four goals in the 5-2 win over Nationals on Sunday. 

Support for Coach Matt Johnson's family

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Coach Matt Johnson's wife, Katie, is a BRCA 2 carrier. A mammogram detected 3 masses which were immediately biopsied and came back malignant. Katie has decided, along with her oncologist, to have a double mastectomy on October 31.

Here is the link for the YouCaring page for those interested in making a donation directly to the Johnson family: YouCaring Donation Page

And here is Katie's CaringBridge page for anyone interested in following her story:

Katie's CaringBridge Page

We hope you will join the club in supporting Matt and his family at this challenging time.

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Michigan Hawks in College Week #9

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Izzy Rodriguez named freshman of the week in the Big Ten https://goo.gl/FYQjzY

Izzy Rodriguez, Lexxe Lipsey, Kiley Knight and Magggie  Samanich help Ohio State past Maryland https://goo.gl/ff4RBq

Caitlin Clem and Sam Kleedtke shut out Illinois https://goo.gl/iX1PHP

Maya Piper scores again and Bethany Kopel has career night in goal as Indiana gets past Iowa https://goo.gl/8yjkpF

Bethany Kopel has another strong night in goal vs Nebraska in 1-1 tie https://goo.gl/FMqtm9

Gigi Parlove scores and Casey Codd helps #5 GVSU win 8-2 https://goo.gl/HRKjnH

Gigi Parlove helps GVSU to 13th straight win on Sunday https://goo.gl/D2XS7R

Katrina Koomen helps College of Charleston in a win https://goo.gl/F8zfbB

Sarah Clark plays all 97 in Purdue lass to Nebraska http://www.purduesports.com/sports/w-soccer/pur-w-soccer-body.html 

Brenna Lovera scores off Marisa Viggiano’s assist to help Northwestern past Minnesota https://goo.gl/Vnkc5U

Bella Habuda gets player of the week for Liberty https://goo.gl/SHLSf4

Bella Habuda helps Liberty on Senior Day http://www.liberty.edu/flames/index.cfm?PID=36963&newsID=19143&teamID=5

Claire Cahalan gets her first point for Toledo in 4-2 win over Akron https://goo.gl/iHi9Dr

Emma Shinsky plays important role in 2-2 tie for Colorado State https://goo.gl/WTnxZb

Kameryn Chappell gets an assist and  teams with Jaclyn Schubring to help Tennessee Martin to OT win https://goo.gl/5x5GT1 

Erin Doster helps UMASS win https://goo.gl/BrJjfF 

Erin Doster’s 2 goals help UMass past Duquesne https://goo.gl/fLoiB4 

Ashton Miller and Duke dominate on Senior Day 3-0 over Miami, Fla https://goo.gl/fcF9ME

Ally Haran and Monreau Devos help Wake Forest past Florida State https://goo.gl/YF5E3H

Lauren Spencer gets another shutout  https://goo.gl/3JxnXh

Natalie Winters scores and helps Iowa past Sarah Clark and Purdue https://goo.gl/ZcW2aJ

Taylor Lambouris scores as Loyola Chicago cruises past Kentucky https://goo.gl/niGNjB

Megan Buckingham starts in UNC 4-1 win over Boston College https://goo.gl/7pg1Rm 

Rachel Winters helps Bowling Green past Akron https://goo.gl/44zCiC

Tori Singstock scores in Indiana Tech draw  https://goo.gl/fW4owj

Delaney Bussey plays in South Carolina Upstate loss https://goo.gl/hMjZTG

Whitney Fleming helps Saginaw Valley State past Northwood.     https://goo.gl/eKYqoY

Cathy Dager gets for collegiate start in Villanova loss to Creighton http://www.villanova.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/101517aaa.html

Lexy Warner scores and gets an assist as MSU beats Michigan 2-1  https://goo.gl/fcTW4S

Zoe Morse and Courtney Petersen help UVA tie Clemson https://goo.gl/yBG6Mp

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Hawks Academy play Nationals in Pontiac

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Congratulations Michigan Hawks for their successful weekend in Development Academy Action this last weekend!  The Michigan Hawks went 4-0 with an aggregate score of 17-3 vs the Nationals.  The 2003s were led by Sam Woods' 4 goals, winning 5-1.  The 2004s had four different goal scorers in their 4-0 shutout win.  The 2000 Hawks got a hat trick from Cam Evans in a 5-0 shutout.  In the closest game of the weekend, the 2001 Hawks held on to win 3-2 with Maciah Lipsey saving a penalty kick late.  The teams go to Chicago next weekend to play FC United and the Eclipse, good luck.

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Michigan Hawks in College Week #8

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Captain Ally Haran plays all 110 in 0-0 tie for Wake Forest https://goo.gl/WLcT8D

Wake Forest drops 2-0 contest vs North Carolina as former 95 Hawks teammates, Megan Buckingham, Ally Haran and Monreau Devos do battlehttps://goo.gl/LBMLdN

Lauren Spencer gets another shutout https://goo.gl/3JxnXh

Captain Ashton Miller gets assist as #4 Duke wins 12th straight https://goo.gl/P5pDiL

And then helps Duke past Florida State https://goo.gl/4P9AVG

Sheila Magnan gets first collegiate goal and an assist in Central Michigans’s win over Toledo https://goo.gl/Xs8FwE

Erin Doster helps UMASS win https://goo.gl/5WkF4R

Natalie Winters, Leah Moss and Hannah Drkulec help Iowa upset Rutgers https://goo.gl/sv4wwf

Kennedy Rankin scores overtime winner for Alderson Broaddus University https://goo.gl/nEF326

Megan Buckingham and Kate Morris help North Carolina over Miami, Fla https://goo.gl/bSs7DZ

Kennedy Kuhlman scores first collegiate goal as Eastern Michigan beats BGSU in Overtime https://goo.gl/B3DC1W

Tiffany Buckler, Paige Dobbs, and Kendall Juhnke start in Western Michigan win over Miami https://goo.gl/qgrP1Q

Rachel Winters gets assist in BGSU win despite Shannon Magnan’s assist for Central Michigan https://goo.gl/Erb6bz

Izzy Rodriguez, Lexxe Lipsey, Kylie Knight help OSU past Michigan State and Michigan https://goo.gl/FTsf13 https://goo.gl/Lwoqfd

Caitlin Clem and Bethany Kopel both get shutouts as Wisconsin and Indiana https://goo.gl/fCX3br

Maya Piper gets an assist for Indiana https://goo.gl/QDd5or

Hannah Drkulec gets assist and Diane Sendkowski, Leah Mosss play in the back in Iowa shutout of Maryland https://goo.gl/KpZKSy

Gigi Parlove and Casey Codd helps #5 GVSU to two wins https://goo.gl/t4irnc

Cassie Phillips starts in Colorado loss to #2 Stanford https://goo.gl/iGN33Z

Tori Singstock scores in Indiana Tech draw  https://goo.gl/fW4owj

Katrina Koomen helps get clean sheet for College of Charleston https://goo.gl/gLXvqH

Delaney Bussey starts in  South Carolina Upstate lost to Megan Young’s Florida Gulf Coast https://goo.gl/ca5YXo

Whitney Fleming helps Saginaw Valley State win 6-0 https://goo.gl/65eoMG

Cathy Dager helps Villanova to win over Seton Hall https://goo.gl/agyh7X

Sarah Clark plays all 90 in Purdue lass to Minnesota https://goo.gl/ej6N6w

Caitlin Clem, Sammy Kleetdke and Allie Winterfield help Wisconsin win versus Sarah Clark’s Purdue Boilermakers https://goo.gl/BhYr3c

Kameryn Chappell and Jaclyn Schubring both start in  Tennessee Martin draw https://goo.gl/TAMuzr

Emma Shinsky helps Colorado State to win versus Nevada https://goo.gl/Y2eKvd

Hannah Scafaria scores two goals for Toledo in 4-1 win versus Eastern Michigan https://goo.gl/7GPMjJ

Logan Culver plays in Mercer’s loss https://goo.gl/jps1Nv

Courtney Petersen gets an assist in Virginia tie versus Notre Dame https://goo.gl/58qyN9

Zoe Morse and Courtney Petersen help UVA past Louisville https://goo.gl/PFRA1W

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Michigan Hawks in College Week #7

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Captain Alyssa Dillon and Rubina Veerakone tie Natalie Winters,, Emma Tokoyama, Diane Senkowski and Leah Moss and Hannah Drkulec get assists on Iowa goals https://goo.gl/qzV2hh

Rubina Veerakone achieving on and off the field https://goo.gl/eES2Wt

Captain Ally Haran and Monreau Devos help Wake get first ever win vs Notre Dame https://goo.gl/MC4XSV

Katrina Koomen helps get clean sheet for College of Charleston https://goo.gl/gLXvqH

Delaney Bussey helps South Carolina Upstate past North Florida https://goo.gl/RmJ7xq

Whitney Fleming scores game winner for Saginaw Valley State https://goo.gl/DmqQAr

Izzy Rodriguez, Lexxe Lipsey, Kylie Knight and Maggie Samanich help https://goo.gl/c93n3X

Megan Healy helps Pepperdine win https://goo.gl/WNV33z

Captain Jamie Cheslik scores and Lexie Warner scores two in MSU win vs Iowa despite Hannah Drkulec’s goal https://goo.gl/gW7Kgq

Captain Ashton Miller scores golden goal in Duke overtime victory over Louisville https://goo.gl/cyDP1P

Lauren Spencer is HPU Shark of the WEEK....  https://goo.gl/qw35NX https://goo.gl/CktCEj

Maya Piper scores as iU ties Purdue.  99 National Championship teammates compete in game https://goo.gl/gE1rKf

Gigi Parlove helps GVSU past #5 Quincy https://goo.gl/vWYLnH

Cassie Phillips starts in Colorado win https://goo.gl/YLW4UL

Tori Singstock scores for Indiana Tech victory over Concordia with Julia and Nina Pulushaj https://goo.gl/q3ZALp

Tori Singstock scores overtime PK to win  https://goo.gl/AG3Yoz

Erin Doster scores again in UMASS win https://goo.gl/jzfwZ1

Cathy Dager helps Villanova past Marquette https://goo.gl/cB246k

Tiffany Buckler gets 2 assists for Western Michigan as they beat Rachel Winters and Bowling Green https://goo.gl/34DY2e

Sarah Clark plays all 90 as Purdue wins again and again https://goo.gl/s54BnS https://goo.gl/FnSoSR

Kameryn Chappell plays all 90 in Tennessee Martin loss https://goo.gl/2XHRGY

Captain Marisa Viggiano  in the News for Northwestern https://goo.gl/mcdB8s

Marissa Viggiano, Regan Steigleder and Brenna Lovera each play a part as Nortwestern beats Indiana, despite a goal by Maya Piper  https://goo.gl/Y8GrCc

Emma Shinsky scores for Colorado State in 1-1 draw https://goo.gl/wdrwyX

Hannah Scafaria scores two goals for Toledo https://goo.gl/RSjbA1

Logan Culver helps Mercer past Citadel https://goo.gl/KnWoQg

Gigi Parlove and Casey Codd’s GVSU win close contest vs  Bri Rogers and Gabby Teodorescu and Ferris State https://goo.gl/SGX2VJ

Taylor Lambouris gets assist in Loyola’s win https://goo.gl/s6bn5H

Zoe Morse helps UVA past Pitt https://goo.gl/oUwLPQ

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Veerakone Finds Future Through Helping Others

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Scholar Stories: Veerakone Finds Future Through Helping OthersRubina Veerakone started playing soccer at age six. On the first day of practice -- her first ever day of practice -- the coach asked, 'Are you excited to play soccer?'

She replied: 'My dad got me into this.'

Good idea, dad.

Sometime in the coming months, Veerakone, one of seven seniors on the University of Michigan women's soccer team, will lace up her cleats for the final time. The season is half over and the Wolverines are off to a solid 5-2-4 start, so there's no telling when that'll actually be. But when it comes, all the goals, slide tackles and logged miles will have undoubtedly been worth it.

With several of the team's starters besieged due to various injuries and ailments, Veerakone has undoubtedly stepped up despite battling her own nicks and bruises. She's one of several players on the team who were recruited at one position and ended up playing another; primarily recruited as an attacking player, she's found a home on defense, playing in 44 games (19 starts) as an outside back.

She doesn't score as much as she used to -- only one goal and three assists in her college career -- but that's the life of a defender. But there's something to be said about players who get excited about preventing goals rather than scoring them.

"My old club coach used to say I didn't have a defensive bone in my body," Veerakone said. "Playing defense, it requires you to be very disciplined. You have to be aware of a lot more. It's made me a more well-rounded player."

Her parents came to the United States as immigrants: her mother, Maria from Pakistan and her father, Ghani, from Sri Lanka. They came to this country to study. It's no surprise, then, that academics have always been a priority for Rubina and her younger brother, Suniel, a standout sophomore soccer player at Duke.

"For us, [academics] isn't something you do. It's something you pursue," she said. "You aren't granted the quality of education elsewhere that you are here. If you want to make something of yourself and provide for your family, you have to make a lot of sacrifices. Our parents made sacrifices so we could have this life. It's our job to not only make good lives for ourselves, but others, too."

Veerakone, a native of Caledonia on the state's west side, is set to graduate in the spring with a degree in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience, a course of study that integrates the natural science components of the study of behavior. She plans on taking a gap year before pursuing medical school, perhaps spending the year living with her uncle, a psychiatrist, in New Zealand.

Down the road, Veerakone wants to become a pediatrician. She landed on that path after a series of experiences: taking biology courses on campus (it was her original major before switching to BCN), working with young children at summer soccer camps and shadowing her own childhood doctor.

"When people think of medical school, they think of the rigors and needing to be super smart in order to do it," she explained. "But when I see medicine, I think of being motivated -- being able to face adversity. The things these doctors are able to do for patients and families, the impact is unparalleled. Medicine keeps people educated and can get people excited about science, but above all, it takes care of people."

Veerakone also volunteers once-a-week at the Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Health, assisting a team of psychologists dedicated to providing evaluations and treatments of behavioral deficits, as well as increasing awareness of childhood mental health needs.

But more than any of those, the experience that left (and still leaves) a lasting impression are the weekly Thursday evening visits to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, a popular community service activity for student-athletes.

One of her first visits as an 18-year old freshman stands out. That night, she spent time talking and singing Drake songs with a female patient who, like her, was also 18 years old. The only difference is that one of them was in the hospital and the other wasn't.

To this day, that time left an everlasting impression.

"Those visits really made me realize what I wanted to do with my life," she said. "The impact you can make in that field is so personal. That visit, it hit me right there. I realized how privileged I am to study and play soccer at one of the best universities in the world, and that I should be using everything that I have to give back to everyone I can."

Studying and playing soccer at her state's flagship school, Veerakone has fulfilled a dream.

Soon, she'll help others reach theirs.