"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."

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The Michigan Hawks were more than helpful in reaching the highest level of soccer. They provided a top environment to train in daily, and I never went a day without having a team or coach to train with. The staff networked endlessly to land me at the Duke University which was another stepping stone to get to where I am today. Overall, the Michigan Hawks put me on a path towards success and are still to this day willing to help me train and move forward in my career. - Ashton Miller

The Michigan Hawks is a great organization with wonderful coaches who want nothing more than to see their players succeed. The Hawks not only gave me the opportunity to play at the highest levels, but also taught me the skills and discipline needed to continue the process into college and eventually the draft. I will cherish the time and memories I had at the Michigan Hawks. - Ally Haran '95 Hawks

The Michigan Hawks were a great stepping stone into the collegiate game. Not only did they help me prepare for the next level physically and technically, but they also offered a more nurturing side.  When you get the best girls in the state all in one place they created a competitive but loving atmosphere.  The Hawks have given me life long friends and a whirlwind of lessons that I will take with me yet again as I move on to the next step in my soccer career.  - Megan Buckingham '95 Hawks

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Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club helps Angela Hospice pediatric patients

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More than 600 people headed out in the cold Dec. 16 for the Michigan Wolves-Hawks soccer club’s Freezing Fun Charity Run at Schoolcraft’s St. Joe’s Sports Dome. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and sponsors, the Wolves-Hawks raised more than $12,500 for Angela Hospice’s My Nest is Best Pediatric Program, a special program for children living with a terminal illness.

“This event was whimsical and wonderful. But the most wonderful part was young people and their families who reached out with compassion and support to peers – other children and their families – going through the most challenging days of their lives,” said Bob Alexander, director of development for Angela Hospice. “It was touching and remarkable to see that kind of heart and kindness so fully expressed toward children in our pediatric hospice program.”

“My big thing was, let’s keep it local,” said Molly Midgley, a Wolverine Lake resident and parent volunteer who became involved with the Hawks when her daughter started playing five years ago. Now Midgley helps with the club’s charitable outreach efforts.

Midgley and Wolves-Hawks coaching director Doug Landefeld worked with partners from Schoolcraft College’s Fitness Center, where the Wolves and Hawks practice, to plan the 5K and chose Angela Hospice to benefit from the event.

“We wanted to donate 100 percent of the money,” Midgley said. “As we got going and we asked all these companies to donate, every one of them, every single one, said, ‘Oh, that’s so great you’re giving it to Angela Hospice. They are such a great organization.’ It was amazing.”

Trader Joe’s in Northville donated all the food for the event and Casey Cook of Running Fit helped organized the 5K, which saw more than 300 runners participate. Schoolcraft Fitness Center was another of the top sponsors for the event.

“They were instrumental,” Landefeld said. “Everybody helped to make it happen.”

This isn’t the first time the Wolves-Hawks club has shown charity to the community. Two years ago, it held a canned food drive for Hospitality House.

“We collected over 10,000 pounds of food,” Midgley said. “It was great. We fed 500 families for a month. We started doing an outreach so the kids can give back, because these kids all have so much.”

Midgley said that’s why the group chose Angela Hospice’s My Nest is Best Pediatric Program: So the Wolves-Hawks would be helping other kids who were less fortunate.

The Livonia-based Michigan Wolves-Hawks soccer club is an elite club for players under age 18. For more information, go to www.michiganwolveshawks.com. For more on Angela Hospice and the My Nest is Best Pediatric Program, go to www.AskForAngela.com .

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MLS invites Ken Krolicki to the 2018 MLS combine

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Major League Soccer announced on Thursday the initial list of 60 NCAA Division I college players invited to participate at the 2018 MLS adidas Player Combine in Orlando.

The league will hold its annual combine from Jan. 11-17 at Orlando City Stadium, with representatives from all 23 MLS clubs scouting the top college prospects ahead of the Jan. 19 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia.  

A committee of MLS coaches and NCAA D1 coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Further invitees, including Generation adidas signings and non-college players, will be announced in coming weeks.

2017 MAC Hermann Trophy finalists Wake Forest forward Jon Bakero and Stanford defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce headline the list of invitees, who will be coached at the Combine by a mix of college soccer head coaches and MLS academy personnel.

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NWSL unveils 2018 draft-eligible list

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced Dec 21st  the preliminary list of more than 80 players eligible for selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. ET, one hour earlier than previously announced, at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

4 Michigan Hawks made the NWSL Short list for the draft:

Caitlin Clem, Wisconsin
Jamie Cheslik, Michigan State
Ashton Miller, Duke
Megan Buckingham, North Carolina

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Charity Fun Run THANK YOU!

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Wolves-Hawks families,

Thank you to all of the participants, volunteers, and donors at the Freezing Fun Charity Run event this morning.  We had over 400 participants today and were able to dontate $12,500 to Angela Hospice, which doesn't include the many donations that were made this morning on site. 

Thank you for your generosity to a great cause.  We will continue to take donations up until Sunday Night.

In appreciation,

Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club

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Creaghan Diekema (Belmont University GRIT Award)

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GRIT Award Honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University men's soccer player Creaghan Diekema is the picture of a hard worker. Diekema was recently recognized for his contributions to the Belmont athletics program by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as November's recipient of the Belmont GRIT Award on Monday.

"Practice, the weight room, or games, whether things are going well or poorly, Creaghan is always giving 100 percent," said Head Coach Bryan Green.

Diekema, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan was a key member of the 2017 men's soccer squad. He added a goal and an assist in the historic 6-1 victory over Niagara in August. The team's six goal performance tied the Belmont record for the most goals scored against a NCAA Division I opponent. Diekema also led the Belmont team with two assists on the season, recording his second at Evansville in October. He also recorded his second goal of the season in the match.

Top Drawer Soccer Postseason Awards: Fiscus / Ybarra

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The 2017 men’s Division I college season ended the same way the past two seasons concluded: with Stanford sitting on top.

It’s no surprise to see the Cardinal ever-present in the 2017 TopDrawerSoccer.com Postseason awards as a result.

That starts with this year’s Player of the Year award, as center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce captures this year’s award. Eclipsing a talented field that includes Jon Bakero (Wake Forest), Chris Mueller (Wisconsin) and Cameron Lindley (Wake Forest), Hilliard-Arce’s college career ended with a third straight national title. The central defender, who also earned the Pac-12’s Defender of the Year honor, led a defense that conceded nine goals in 23 games. He scored four times, including the game-winning tally in the NCAA Quarterfinal against Wake Forest, though his ability to read the game and make crucial interventions separates himself as the best player in college soccer.

Another central defender picks up Freshman of the Year honors. Akron defender Joao Moutinho earned the nod, pipping a tight race that featured American talent like Mason Toye (Indiana), Brandon Servania (Wake Forest) and Manny Perez (NC State). An international recruit from Portugal, Moutinho was stellar after winning a starting job as a center back. Forming a partnership with Daniel Strachan, Moutinho played 2,160 minutes, starting 24 games for the semifinalists. He also chipped in three goals and five assists, playing four games in the midfield. The 6-foot, 160-pound defender’s ability to cope with the size and physicality of the best attackers in college soccer was notable.

Securing the first-ever men’s Coach of the Year award is Stanford’s Jeremy Gunn. Now a three-time national champion, Gunn orchestrated yet another title triumph, finishing the 2017 season with a 19-2-2 record. Gunn and the rest of the coaching staff had the game plan to beat three of the best teams in college soccer during the last three games of the NCAA Tournament, besting Wake Forest, Akron and Indiana – three loaded programs.

Check out the complete TopDrawerSoccer.com Postseason Awards below for the Men’s Division I season.

Player of the Year: Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Stanford

Freshman of the Year: Joao Moutinho, Akron

Coach of the Year: Jeremy Gunn, Stanford

TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI Teams

First Team

F: Jon Bakero (Wake Forest), Christopher Mueller (Wisconsin), Jon Gallagher (Notre Dame)

M: Cameron Lindley (North Carolina), Jean-Christophe Koffi (Virginia), Rafael Andrade Santos (VCU), Antonio Bustamante (William & Mary)

D: Grant Lillard (Indiana), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford), Wyatt Omsberg (Dartmouth)

GK: Jimmy Hague (Michigan State)

Second Team

F: Foster Langsdorf (Stanford), Arthur Bosua (Columbia), Santiago Patino (Florida International)

M: Christopher Lema (Georgetown), Brandon Bye (Western Michigan), Rey Ortiz (Portland), Drew Skundrich (Stanford)

D: Tim Kubel (Louisville), Jordan Cano (SMU), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico)

GK: Ben Lundgaard (Virginia Tech)

Third Team

F: Marcelo Acuna (Virginia Tech), Garrett McLaughlin (SMU), Alan Winn (North Carolina)

M: Eryk Williamson (Maryland), Handwalla Bwana (Washington), Oliver Shannon (Clemson), Jose Carrera-Garcia (California)

D: Joao Moutinho (Akron), Andrew Gutman (Indiana), Jimmy Fiscus (Michigan State)

GK: James Marcinkowski (Georgetown)

Freshman Best XI Teams

First Team

F: Manny Perez (NC State), Mason Toye (Indiana), Rodney Michael (UC Santa Barbara)

M: Brandon Servania (Wake Forest), Blake Bodily (Washington), Marc Ybarra (Michigan), Dawson McCartney (Dartmouth)

D: John Nelson (North Carolina), Hjalmar Ekdal (UNC Wilmington), Ulrik Edvarsen (VCU)

GK: Trey Muse (Indiana)

Second Team

F: Tajon Buchanan (Syracuse), Griffin Dorsey (Indiana), Davis Smith (Massachusetts)

M: David Loera (NC State), Joe Bell (Virginia), Omir Fernandez (Wake Forest), Nabi Kibunguchy (UC Davis)

D: Logan Panchot (Stanford), Daniel Strachan (Akron), Blake Willis (Columbia)

GK: William Pulisic (Duke)

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Wolves-Hawks Families

I would like to thank many of you for taking part in this year’s build a snowman contest. Because there were so many good, creative snowman, it took a little longer then expected to decide on a winner. For the winners of the event, you may collect your prize next Wednesday night (December 20th) at Schoolcraft College. Please find me (Coach Scott Duhl) and I’ll have an envelope for the winners!

If you are not there on Wednesday, please contact me to find another time that works for both of us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lastly, thanks to all the coaches who donated and helped to raise $240 towards prize money for our contestants!

1st place - Alyssa and Kayla Rankin.
2nd place - Christopher and Daniel Kou
3rd place (3 way tie) Allison Ernst, Kennedy Thurlow, Hailey and Taylor Hartwig

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