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"Every player is different. They develop at different paces, different times and at different levels. As coaches, we manage that development so that each player gets the most out of every drill, every situation and every game. Putting a player in the best situation to succeed is our number 1 goal."

Coach Derek Williford


ECNL National Championship Division

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After sweeping FC Wisconsin Eclipse last weekend, the Michigan Hawks have again qualified all five age groups into the National Championship Division of the ECNL playoffs.  This is the third year in a row that every team in our club in the ECNL has qualified for the top flight.  Last year, the Hawks were one of only 3 clubs in the entire country to put every age group into the highest division helping the club to take home 1 National Championship, 2 National runners up and the overall ECNL National Club Championship.

Congratulations for another terrific year to all the players, parents and coaches.

Good luck in San Diego!!


2016 Jaguar Invitational

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Congratulations to the Hawks '08 girls team on their undefeated win in the U8 Elite Division at the Jaguar Invitational.  Saturday the girls started the tournament off with 7:1win over Pacesetter U8 Red followed by a5:1 win over Michigan Jaguars U8 Green team.  Sunday started out with a 5:1 win over Troy SC Fusion 08 which put them into the finals and a 1:0 win over the Waza Tri Cities 08 Black team.  Way to go girls on another great Championship.

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Congratulations to the Wolves '08 for going undefeated in the Jaguar Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Great job boys and Coach Holly. 

Congratulations to the U12 Hawks '04 for their Jaguar Invitational Championship

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Congratulations to the U07 Wolves who were Finalists in the Elite Division of the Jaguar Invitational and the Wolves 07 who were Finalists in the U09 Elite Division.

Youth Academy ECNL Day May 7th, 2016

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Michigan Wolves-Hawks Youth Acadmey
had a special day last weekend where the future stars of the game,
did a proper walkout with our girls ECNL teams!
Fun Morning had by all.


U17 WNT calls in 2 Hawks Players

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The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from May 8-14 as the squad continues preparations for the 2017 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place in Jordan from Sept. 30-Oct. 21. The final draw for that tournament is scheduled for May 30.

U.S. head coach B.J. Snow has call up 24 players, 17 of whom were on the squad that in mid-March won the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship played in Grenada while earning a berth to the World Cup.

The players on the roster come from three birth years, with 12 being born in 1999, which is the age-cut for participation in this fall’s World Cup. Nine players were born in 2001 and three were born in 2001, all of whom were on the qualifying squad: defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner and forward Jordan Canniff.

The U-17s are undefeated in eight international games this year after defeating Mexico, 2-1, in the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship Final on goals from Ashley Sanchez (who will be playing with the U.S. U-20 WNT in the coming months) and Civana Kuhlmann. The USA earned its berth to the U-17 Women’s World Cup by winning it’s CONCACAF qualifying semifinal 5-0 against Canada.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside Fla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)                   
DEFENDERS (9): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC; Wichita, Kans.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Ryanne Brown (Indiana Fire; Indianapolis, Ind.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)                                                             
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Jojo Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.)

Florida State University Visit

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The Michigan Hawks would like to than Mike Bristol, Florida State University assistant coach for attending last night's our U13-16 Hawks training sessions.  Florida State Women's soccer has been in 4 straight Final Fours, winning it once and is the standard in NCAA Women's Soccer.  

We wish Mike and the Seminoles all the best this upcoming fall.

Thanks again Mike for coming up and  for your interest in our players 

Doug Landefeld 

Director of Coaching, Michigan Hawks

Emaly Vatne starts when U-16 WNT Play Historic Match in Italy

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Italy may seem like an odd place to host historic U.S. Women’s National Team matches, but for the third time in 31 years, the country that features one of the world’s greatest sporting landmarks – the famed Colosseum in Rome – has done just that.

Jesolo, Italy played host to the first U.S. Women’s National Team match in 1985, and in 2010, Padova was the site of the Women’s World Cup first leg playoff match in which the USA defeated Italy, 1-0, on a late goal from a young Alex Morgan. It was a victory that spurred the USA to the 2011 Women’s World Cup where it almost won the tournament before falling in penalty kicks to Japan.

Now, on April 26, 2016, in Monfalcone, Italy, the U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team broke new ground, becoming the first U.S. Women’s National Team at any level to face a team from the Middle East.

The fact that the USA defeated Iran, 6-0, in the 1st International Women’s Tournament of Gradisca – a tournament that has existed for boys’ U-15 teams for 13 years but is being played for the first time as a girls’ competition – is a side-note to the significance of the match, which is representative of the growth of women’s soccer worldwide.

While there is still a massive amount of work to be done in the development of the women’s game in many corners of the globe, and especially in the Middle East, the fact that girls’ teams from the USA and Iran could compete in an official tournament in Europe is a sign of things to come.

There are also other positive indications of a continuing positive shift for women’s soccer. Jordan will become the first country from the Middle East to compete in a FIFA event when it hosts the U-17 Women’s World Cup later this year, but the day a country from the Middle East – which features several excellent men’s national teams – qualifies for a Women’s World Cup, we can look back at this U-16 girls’ match as an early stepping stone.

“It was a really cool experience to be able to play a team that the U.S. has never played before and it’s a game that none of us will ever forget,” said Sierra Enge, who captained the USA in the match. “It was an incredible way to see how soccer can bring people and countries together. It also showed how soccer can help with the empowering of women across the world and we were humbled to be a part of that.”

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U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC Blue Valley; Wichita, Kan.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Miliani, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda Tempo; Germantown, Md.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas)           
MIDFIELDERS (6): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars; Concord, Mass.), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.)      
FORWARDS (4): Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Olivia Wingate (FC Stars; Wilmington, Mass.)

ECNL Eclipse Weekend

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The Michigan Hawks went 5-2-2 versus the powerful Eclipse Soccer Club in Chicago.  Saturday saw the 18's lose a tough game 2-1 to start the day.  The 17's dominated winning 2-0, with goals by Madi Lucas and a late goal by Lexxe Lipsey.  The 3rd game at Oak Brook saw the 15's win 2-0, goals by Madeline Carlson and Kaya Frazier put the 15's on top of the table in the conference.  The fourth game of the day took place at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars.  The game saw the 16's tie the game with a goal by Riley Tanner.  Despite the disappointing draw, playing in the stadium was a memory the kids will not soon forget.


The group traveled to play the next set of games at the University of Notre Dame.  The day again went very well, started by the 15's.  Kaya Frazier's late goal ensured a 1-0 win and a spot a top the standings.  The 16's played their best game in the spring, winning 2-0.  Two more goals by Riley Tanner secured a come from behind victory.  That keeps the 16's undefeated in the conference.  The 17's ended up with a 2-2 draw.  Up 2 goals throughout the game with 2 goals from Lexxe Lipsey, the Hawks were unable to keep the lead and ended the weekend with 4 tough points.  The 18's, without Malia Berkeley, Natalie Winters and Zoe Morse, again fell to a very good Eclipse side, 2-0.  The finale of the day saw the 14's rout the Eclipse 4-0.  Michele Cooper scored 3 goals and Emma Hiscock score the other keeping the 14's on top of the table in the Midwest Conference.


Standouts from the U17/U18 WNT scrimmage

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CARSON, California — The U.S. U17 Women’s National Team defeated the U18 WNT in a scrimmage on Friday at the National Training Center in Southern California. The game wrapped up a weeklong camp for each youth national team group. 

The game featured a number of strong performances from some of the best players in the world in these age groups. TopDrawerSoccer was on hand for the scrimmage. Here are the players that stood out to TDS from the game. 

Isabel RodriguezMichigan Hawks / Alexa SpaanstraMichigan Hawks - The Hawks teammates both had positive spells at outside back during the game for the U17 squad. While Rodriguez has settled into the position well, it is still a learning process for Spaanstra, who is more frequently deployed at forward at the club level. Spaanstra and Rodriguez both had their best showings of 2016 with the youth national team on Friday as they were difficult to beat on the dribble and composed with the ball.

Player action photos needed for the upcoming clubwide GALA event

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The club is proud to announce details for the first ever Michigan Wolves-Hawks Club Gala Event. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the Grand Opening of the clubs new home at Schoolcraft College in Livonia and to raise funds to help pay for the modern/safe field equipment needed to outfit the complex.  (see details below)

Event organizers are looking for player action/soccer photos to include in it's presentation during the GALA.   Photos of MWHSC will be showcased for public view at the event.   If you are interested in having your players photo included please upload your photo to https://www.dropbox.com/request/t7FdGIUXU1pdx7KjjB26.  By uploading photo(s) you acknowledge legal release and grant permission for publication by the club for promotional/educational purposes via various media.


This formal all-inclusive event offers adult club members, friends, coaches, soccer fans, and local businesses members a fun packed evening of:

  • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - Featuring Special Guest John Pullum (America's Funniest Mind Reader, you may recognize him as the host of the Discovery Channel series "More Than Human" (Now viewable on HULU) as well as numerous other national and international television shows)
  • FOOD & DRINKS (one free drink ticket per attendee)
  • SPECIAL CLUB MEMBERSHIP CARDS($20.00 value) included in ticket package

To learn more and to order tickets, please visit the event website at www.starrystarrygala.com. Tickets are limited so order early, while supplies last. Credit cards accepted.  Donations to 401c3 non-profit organizations can be tax deductable, consult your professional tax advisor for details regarding eligibility.  (approximately 1/2 of the ticket proceeds will go directly to the clubs Equipment and Player Safety Fund)

Hawks 05 Black win Championship

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The U11 Michigan Hawks 05 Black team won the Michigan Club Challenge U11G White division over the weekend. The girls compiled a record of 3 wins and 1 tie in winning the tournament. Guest Players were Katherine Bergman, Rachel Jackson and Lucy McCardell