Synthetic Turf

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In response to the recent NBC news story on the health effects of crumb rubber in synthetic turf, the number one priority of the Wolves & Hawks Soccer Club is the safety and well being of our players. After reviewing the NBC story the Wolves Hawks Board of Directors looked deeper into this issue and as sighted by the Synthetic Turf Council and based on over 60 independent studies (many of which can be viewed via the web link below) the idea of synthetic crumb rubber being related to cancer has not been substantiated in any of these independent scientific studies. In addition, a direct response by the Synthetic Turf Council can also be viewed through the link below refuting the idea of any ill effects of synthetic turf crumb rubber on players associated with the material.

As previously stated the health and well being of the Wolves & Hawks players is and will always be the number one concern of the club. With that said we will continue to monitor the continued research on this and any other subject related to player safety and make decisions accordingly that fully support our priorities as a club.


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STC Response to NBC National News Story on Health Effects of Crumb Rubber in Synthetic Turf - Synthetic Turf Council

Hawks in College - Weekend Report #3

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Natalie Krygier and Melanie Pickert score goals for Iowa.  Lulu Haidar assists in Michigan win.

Jamie Cheslik scores and assists, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz scores as MSU beats Nebraska.

Megan Buckingham scores off a Summer Green assist to help UNC beat #5 Virginia Tech.

Ally Haran plays 110 minutes to help Wake Forest tie Clemson.

Hannah Scafaria assists two and scores one for Toledo as they beat Ball State. 

Mallory Weber gets an assist as Penn State beats Wisconsin 2-0.

Kourtney Scott helps Northwestern get past Illinois and former Hawks, Alaina Weykamp and Casey Conine.

Courtney Petersen and Marisa Viggiano head to U20 National Camp

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The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

Hawks Weekend Report for Sept. 20-21

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The Michigan Hawks went 5-0 vs the Chicago Sockers in ECNL matchups this weekend. Saturday got started with a convincing 5-0 victory by the U14 National Finalists. Then, the reigning national champions put in 5 goals to win 5-1. In the toughest match of the game, the U16 Hawks scored late with a goal from Lexxe Lipsey to win 1-0 versus a very good Sockers team. In the U17 game, 3 early goals made for a comfortable 4-2 victory. In the last game of the day, the U18s trailed 1-0 at halftime, but used a second half hat trick by Courtney Petersen to end up with a 4-1 victory. The Hawks ECNL teams return to action next week at home vs St. Louis Scott Gallagher, check out the ECNL Schedule and come out to watch some awesome games.

Summer Green and Megan Buckingham help UNC to comeback win.

Mallory Weber leads Penn State to rout over OSU.

Ariana Donohue helps Western to another win.

Madi Lewis scores only goal in win over Maryland.

Eliza Van de Kerhkove scores for Central Michigan in win.

Rice wins again with a Jenny Fichera goal.

Rachel Marble scores first goal of the season as Miami wins again.

Monreau Devos plays 90 minutes in 1-0 shutout of NC State.

Wolves sportsmanship applauded

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On, Friday, September 19, sportsmanship was on full display in a hard fought contest between the MPSA Crush 2004 KTB team and the Michigan Wolves 04 Black teams in the WSSL U12 Division 1.  With the contest still undecided the Wolves scored on what appeared to be a ball that went over the end line.  Dark was coming on and the AR did not have the best view.  MPSA coach Kevin Taylor asked the officiating crew about it, but did agree the call could go either way and let the matter drop.  Then Wolves Player Ryan Hannosh told his coach, Aaron Brown, that the ball was out.  Coach Brown had him tell the referee and the goal was waved off.  For this he gained honor for himself, his coach, his team, his club and the game.  And he justly received a round of applause from his opponents and the parents on both sides.  Well done, Ryan.

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Brian Fitzgerald
MPSA Coach & High School Coordinator

Hawks all over the top games of the weekend

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Top 5 Women’s Matches to Watch: Sept. 12-14

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Also kicking off this weekend is Big Ten conference action, as the hectic slate of action begins.

Top 5 Match to Watch 

No. 12 Wisconsin (6-0-0) at Michigan State (6-0-0), Friday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

One of the premier matches of the Big Ten’s opening weekend slate, one team’s perfect record will be unseated one way or another when the Badgers make the trip to Lansing. The door to Big Ten supremacy might just crack open for a Badgers side that is looking like an all-around threat, either offensively through Kinley McNicoll, Rose Lavelle and Cara Walls, or at the back with goalkeeper Genevieve Richard. They’ll look to stop a Spartan team that is also off to a tremendous start. Freshman forward Jamie Cheslik’s addition has been significant, as she’s bagged four goals in the team’s first six games. Provided she stays on track in the conference season, the Spartans look like they might be able to exceed expectations in the Big Ten.

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No. 9 Penn State (4-1-0) at Indiana (4-2-0), Sunday, Sept 14, 1 p.m.

The Nittany Lions were knocked off their Big Ten regular season perch last year thanks to a fantastic season by Nebraska. This weekend, they open conference play with a swing through Indiana, for games against Purdue and this Sunday meeting with the Hoosiers. Early signs are promising for head coach Erica Walsh and her squad, as the experienced players like Emily Hurd, Raquel Rodriguez and Mallory Weber have blended well with their talented freshmen. Junior midfielder Jessie Bujouves looks poised to breakout this season, already eclipsing her previous season high in goals scored with four tallies. Whether that’ll be enough to keep up with a high-powered Penn State attack will dictate which team claims the win.

Six freshmen off the mark in women’s soccer

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The women’s season enters its fourth weekend of action this week, which gives us enough time to assess some pleasant surprises in women’s college soccer thus far. These grouping of freshmen wasted little time getting off the mark with strong starts to their initial college campaigns.

F Megan Buckingham , North Carolina: For incoming freshman, cracking the North Carolina starting XI must look something like scaling a castle wall. The Tar Heels’ historic lineage and yearly surfeit of talent makes immediate playing time something of a tough nut to crack for first-year players. Buckingham hasn’t been immune to the pressure, but she’s been able to produce anyway. She scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Ohio State on Aug. 24, and it was pretty enough to be named the TDS College Goal of the Week. The former Michigan Hawk logged 326 minutes in UNC’s first six games, which includes four starts, and nobody on the team has yet to score more than her one goal.

Spaanstra Scores for U17s

You may not be familiar with Alexa Spaanstra or Ashley Sanchez, but it won’t take long before those two names invade the national soccer consciousness in a substantive way. Both scored goals (Sanchez had three) in a recent friendly against South Korea, which the U.S. won 4-1, to further drive home that point.

As for Spaanstra, she’s only just beginning her U15 career. The recently minted No. 1 in the IMG Top 150 class of 2018 guided the Michigan Hawks to a U14 national championship with five goals in five days during the ECNL Finals in June. That included a hat trick in the semifinal and the title-winning goal in the final minutes, which won her a spot on the U14/U18 Best XI. She’s now with the Hawks’ U15 side, and there won’t be a better player in that age bracket than Spaanstra. And look at that goal. Find some space, bang it off the crossbar and off the keeper’s noggin.

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Eight ECNL players to watch this fall

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Believe it or not, another ECNL season is here already.

With a short break for the second half of summer now over, teams not involved in high school soccer kick start the brand new season. Players across the country will chase championships and the attention of college and national team scouts in the league’s sixth season.

Below is a look at eight players to watch in the ECNL who will be in action this fall.

M Dorian Bailey, Sporting Blue Valley U18: The calm, composed and versatile player is bound for North Carolina next fall. Before making the jump to DI, Bailey will get one last chance to refine her game in the Midwest and lead her U18 side to success on last time.

M Alexa Spaanstra, Michigan Hawks U15: Spaanstra's instincts, undeniable speed and preternatural finishing ability make her arguably the most dangerous striker in her age group in the nation. Spaanstra likes to charge up runs at defenders from the shallow part of the attacking third, and by the time she gets rolling she's nearly impossible to corral. She’s already earned a look from the U.S. U17 WNT and surely will continue to do so as she improves. 

F Catarina Macario, San Diego Surf U16: Since coming to the United States and joining the Surf, Macario has poured in the goals the last two seasons. An entertaining and exciting player coveted by the best schools, she’ll aim to reach personal bests this season for the upcoming campaign. 

D/F Karlina Sample, Solar Chelsea U15: A versatile player who can play up front or as an outside back, Sample heads into action this fall looking to make her mark on quality Texas opposition.

F Kayla Fong, De Anza Force U16: The scoring outlet on a Force team that excels at scoring goals in bunches, Fong is committed to stay in the Bay Area for college at California . To get an idea of what she is capable of, look no further than her six-goal performance in last weekend’s opening game. Swift, smart with a smooth touch, she’s someone to keep an eye on down the road.

M Katherine Cousins, Richmond United U18: Cousins is not an unknown quantity. The No. 1 ranked recruit for 2015 and Tennessee commit has been involved with various U.S. youth national teams over the past few years. This year is notable because it signals her first involvement in the ECNL, as she’s rostered with the brand new Richmond United side.

F Caroline Conti, Carolina Elite Soccer Academy U16: The U14 GNT attacker notched 10 goals and 11 assists last year for Carolina, and looks poised to play up an age group in the upcoming campaign. She already opened her scoring account over the weekend with a game-winning goal.

M Brooke Wilson, San Diego Surf U14: A quality player from the class of 2018, Wilson joins the ECNL for the first time and will look to lead the Surf U14s to success after winning the U13 national crown at USYS Nationals this past summer.