Michigan Hawks Winter Combine Registration

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“This Showcase is open to any and all female soccer players limited only by number, age, and/or grade level” 

  • Where: Total Soccer Wixom, 30990 South Wixom Rd
  • Who: Uncommitted Female Freshman, Sophomore and Junior  Soccer Players
  • Cost: $95
  • When: Saturday January 23rd 10:00 am-6pm
  • Format: There will be 4 X 1 hour and 30 minute sessions.  (Each player will be invited to attend one session.)  There will be goalkeeper specific session that each goalkeeper will be invited to in addition to their scheduled game.
  • Registration Deadline – December 14



Madison Hughes selected to All-Freshman Team

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Congratulations to Madison Hughes for being selected to the All-Freshman Team of the Horizon League for her play with the Youngstown State Penguins.

Hughes, who started in all 18 matches, scored one goal - the-game-winner - against Longwood (8/23) and totaled eight shots. She is the sixth player since 2010 to be named to the Horizon League All-Freshman or All-Newcomer Team.

Wolves sweep three U8 divisions of WSSL

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The Wolves have swept the three U8 divisions of WSSL for the fall of 2015:

Wolves 08 won U8 Division 1


Wolves 08 Black won U8 Division 2


Wolves 09 won U8 Division 3

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Congratulations to Coaches Holly Peters and Curtis Ward for a great season.


Hawks and Wolves in College Nov 1st

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Taylor Lambouris assists in Loyola's win. http://www.loyolaramblers.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/110115aaa.html

Tiffany Buckler and Kendall Juhnke help WMU to MAC semifinals.- WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics

Ashton Miller scores again as Duke gets past Pittsburgh. BDN Recap: Duke 27 Miami 30 - goduke.com - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site - GoDuke.com

Summer Green scores in UNC's regular season finale off Megan Buckingham assist versus Shannon McCarthy's Hurricanes.- University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site

Kylie Knight leads OSU defense in upset win over Wisconsin. No. 7 Seed Ohio State Tops No. 2 Seed Wisconsin, 2-1, in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Mallory Weber scores as Penn State advances to Big Ten semis.Nittany Lions Top Illini, 3-1

Chay McNitt helps Ball State win MAC regular season championship. Home - Ball State Cardinals

Sam Riga and Katie Wooley help GVSU go undefeated in regular season conference play. #2 Laker Defeat Ferris State, Complete Perfect Conference Season

Oliver Harris and Blake Townes help lead Notre Dame over Pittsburgh. <#14 Irish Roll 5-0 Over Pitt On Senior Day

Former Hawks on Big Ten postseason honors.  Mallory Weber, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Lexy Warner, Marisa Viggiano, Caitlyn Clem, Sarah Kovan Big Ten Conference Announces Womens Soccer Postseason Honors Big Ten Conference Official Site

Monreau Devos and Ally Haran help Wake Forest win finale.  Deacs Take Down Louisville to Conclude 2015 Season

Stephanie Dillon and Rachel Marble make PKs in Miami's win over Kent State in MAC Quarterfinals. RedHawks Kick Past Golden Flashes in PKs Miami University RedHawks Official Athletic Site

Happy Halloween

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Wolves U7-U9 boys celebrate an outstanding summer/fall season with a Halloween costume practice.

We wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween weekend & boys keep up the great soccer!!!



Prince Collects Academic All-District Award

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Andrew Prince, a starting defender for the Albion College men's soccer team, has been voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic all-District team for the region that includes Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The junior from Ann Arbor will be placed on the ballot for Academic All-America consideration in a vote of a select group from CoSIDA.

A biology major, Prince boasts a 3.96 cumulative grade point average. A member of Albion's Institute for Healthcare Professions, he completed an internship at the University of Michigan last summer as part of a team investigating the link between antacid medications and the treatment of cancer in the head and neck.

On the field, Prince produced the game-winning goal to lift Albion to a 2-1 victory over Kalamazoo College in September. He also tallied a goal in the road match against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Adrian College.

"Andrew is a true student-athlete," Albion Head Coach Jerry Block said. "He wants to excel on the field and in the classroom everyday. He's a warrior, playing through a number of injuries, and that carries over to the classroom."

Andrew Prince played on the Michigan Wolves 95 team from U10 - U19 which won the U18 NPL Nationals on July 23rd, 2013 while coached by Dave Hicklin.

CoSIDA Academic All-District™ Men's & Women's Soccer Honors

• 2015 Men's Academic All-District™ Teams             PDF      doc

• 2015 Women's Academic All-District™ Teams       PDF      doc

The 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Men's and Women's Soccer Teams have been announced, and recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The Academic All-District™ teams include the student-athletes listed on the pages above and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA recognizes four teams - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-District Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. Previously, CoSIDA recognized a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I); with the four teams, CoSIDA has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.

The Division II and Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.

First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. 

For more information about the Academic All-District™ and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit HERE.

Michigan Hawks 99 Black Win the U17 MSYSA State Cup.

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The Michigan Hawks 99 Black, coached by Sam Cheaib, won the U17 MSYSA State Cup Championship last weekend. The Hawks defeated the Alliance FC  2-0 in the semi-final, and then went on to a 3-2 victory over Cap City in the championship game. The Hawks finished the State Cup tournament with a perfect 7-0-0 record and outscored their opponents 29 to 2. Congratulations and great job Hawks.

Kyle Rutz: For the Love of the Game

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by Matt Bontorin, MSU Athletic Communications Student Assistant

For redshirt senior midfielder Kyle Rutz, there are no obstacles that can withhold him from playing the game that he loves. After sustaining two season-ending injuries and suffering a whirlwind of doubt regarding whether his playing career could continue, it is his love for the game that has allowed him to persevere.

Rutz developed that love from a young age, playing both high school soccer for Walled Lake Northern and academy soccer for the U.S Development Program. In fact, Rutz was one of the last players to do both. Shortly after his high school graduation, rules changed forcing players to choose between playing high school soccer or academy soccer because of the time constraint. Today, the rule remains in place, yet Rutz credits his ability to compete at both levels of soccer as the main reason he has developed into the player he is today.

"The rule to play both academy and high school eventually changed, but I got to play both, and I think that is what helped me the most," said Rutz. "I enjoyed high school soccer because I got to play with all my best friends and have fun, but academy helped me the most because you played at the highest level of competition in the country. There were always a bunch of college coaches that came out and watched us."

One of those coaches was Michigan State head coach Damon Rensing, who identified Rutz's passion and skill, and offered him a scholarship to become a Spartan.

With Rutz's previous connection to the school, it was a no-brainer for the Commerce Township native to commit to the school he grew up adoring.

"I've always loved Michigan State and have grown up considering myself a Spartan," said Rutz. "My family grew up cheering for State, and I knew about Damon's coaching style, so it was a pretty easy decision."

Rutz enrolled at Michigan State in the fall of 2011 and made an immediate impact on the team. The midfielder made 14 appearances as a true freshman and even netted a game-winner against Illinois-Chicago in non-conference play.

Heading into the offseason it seemed like there was no place to go but up for the young playmaker. With most of the team returning and a full season under his belt, Rutz was ready to emerge as a big contributor to what promised to be a run at the Big Ten title.

Just eight games into the season though, Rutz suffered a broken left foot. The injury would require surgery and would put him out for the remainder of the year.

"It really just stops you when the ball is rolling," said Rutz. "What was even harder was that, I broke my left foot, came back for a little bit and was doing some laps, then realized my other foot was broken, too, so I had to go get surgery twice. It was a long process and was really difficult."

With the help of his trainers, Rutz made a full recovery and made it back on the field for the 2013 season. The junior gradually made his way back into the playing rotation and made his first start of season two games into Big Ten play, with his team owning an impressive 8-3-3 overall record. Rutz seized the opportunity and netted a dramatic overtime winning goal, four minutes into double-overtime to defeat Indiana, 2-1.

While Rutz admits this goal was a huge confidence booster coming off such a serious injury, it was his game-winning goal in a 2-0 shutout over Michigan later that season that classifies as his favorite moment wearing the green and white.

"The rivalry against Michigan doesn't even need to be explained," said Rutz. "I grew up playing club [soccer] with those kids. The goal was kind of lucky, but it was just a great feeling knowing there were so many people there watching."

The Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight that season, but were knocked off by a stellar Notre Dame squad. Rutz and his teammates came back in 2014 with revenge on their minds. Unfortunately for Rutz, he played only three games before enduring yet another season-ending injury. This time it was a concussion that sidelined him.

"That type of injury really sets you back and makes you think about things," said Rutz. "But in the end, it makes you realize just how much you love the game of soccer. I think when players suffer like I did other players take notice and become more grateful for their own health. I think that was the biggest role that I played. I think I gave them motivation to keep pushing themselves."

As a result of the injury, Rutz continued to have headaches throughout the semester but was cleared to start running after winter break.

After much consideration the NCAA granted Rutz a medical redshirt, which allowed him an opportunity to play one more season of college soccer.

Now 10 games into the 2015 season, the redshirt senior is healthy and has played a big role for the Spartans, starting all 10 games.

Looking ahead, Rutz has high expectations for what this team can accomplish. With a strong group of senior leaders, anything seems possible.

"I think we have the guys this year to do it," said Rutz in regards to winning a national championship. "We've been saying `perfect the process' a lot. As long as we stay focused and take one step at a time, I think we have a good chance."

With his time winding down as a Spartan, Rutz expressed that his goal remains to keep playing soccer as long as he can. However, when soccer runs its course, Rutz is interested in working alongside his father at General Motors in Detroit.

"My father is an interior designer for General Motors, which is something I would definitely like to do in the future," said Rutz. "He has some connections and may be able to help me out. I think I would really enjoy that."

For now, the midfielder is taking it one game at a time -- keeping in mind just how easily situations can change.

"The feeling of coming back is so great," said Rutz. "It makes you love this game even more. You just have to keep working through it."

MSYSA Girls State Cup 2015

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The U17 Hawks Black, coached by Coach Sam, are State Cup Champions with a 3 - 2 win over Cap City in the Finals this morning at Ultimate Soccer Arena. 

The U18 Hawks Black, coached by Scott Duhl, came up short in a valiant effort losing 2 - 1 to Midwest United Kalamazoo.

Congratulations to all of the girls!

Come out to Pontiac Ultimate Soccer at 867 South Boulevard, Pontiac, MI 48341 on October 16th - 18th to watch our teams play in the State Cup Semi Finals and Finals.

Sunday October 18th Matches:

Age Time Home Team Score Away Team Score Field #
U18 8:00AM MICHIGAN HAWKS 98 BLACK  1 Midwest United  2 #1
U17 10:30AM MICHIGAN HAWKS 99 BLACK  3 Cap City  2 #3

Saturday October 17th Matches:

Age Time Home Team Score Away Team Score Field #
U17 8:00AM Alliance Academy 99 Black  0 MICHIGAN HAWKS 99 BLACK  2 #1

Friday October 16th Matches:

Age Time Home Team Score Away Team Score Field #
U18 6:00PM Waza FC East 98 Black  2 MICHIGAN HAWKS 98 BLACK  3 #3

Sunday October 4th Quarter-Final Matches:

Age Time Home Team Score Away Team Score Field #
U18 11:30AM PSG Michigan Gators 98 Orange  1 MICHIGAN HAWKS 98 BLACK  2 #17
U17 9:00AM MICHIGAN HAWKS 99 BLACK  7 La Forza SC 99 Blue  0 #6
U15 11:30AM MICHIGAN HAWKS 01  0 Canton Celtic 01 Black  1 #1

ECNL teams soar to new heights in 2015

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The ECNL season is pushing into its second month, which provides us with a landscape of outsize individual performances and impressive team returns. Which teams stand aside from the pack as legit title hopefuls come June and July? And which have exceeded expectations? Here are five squads from each of the five ECNL age brackets that’ve caught our eye so far this season.

Michigan Hawks U14 (1st, Midwest Conference)

It was only two years ago that the Hawks won the U14 national title behind a 2018 class most think is in the top three in the nation, if not the best overall. Based on the early returns this year, the 2020 crew could be just as good. Dig this: through their first six games as an ECNL team on the U14 level, they’ve won six games and outscored opponents 21-0. It hardly gets better. Emma Hisock looks to be next in a long line of talented Hawks forwards with high level DI soccer in their veins, while a supporting cast featuring players like Joyelle Washington (4g, 2a), Grace Kelley (2g, 5a) and Sydney Kloosterman (3g, 2a) have been imperious through their first six. Death, taxes and the Hawks’ ability to restock: life’s constants.

Link to original Topdrawer article

Birth Year Transition

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Dear Wolves-Hawks families:

As most of you are probably aware, US Soccer has mandated a series of rules changes that each of our various leagues will be implementing at the start of the 2016-17 season. Among these rule adoptions will be one that calls for players to be organized by birth year, rather than according to the traditional August 1 date. While we have just begun this season, and while these changes are 10 months away from being realized, the club would like to briefly address some of these ‎issues now. We know that change can be unsettling, and we suspect that some may feel a sense of anxiety, so we wanted‎ to take a moment to share the Wolves-Hawks perspective.

First, ‎it is important for everyone to know that this change is being implemented by US Soccer, the highest governing body of our sport in this country, made up by our foremost soccer experts. They have made this move after much deliberation and after extensive research in the world's most successful soccer nations. Every state is obligated to follow the new rule, and the state of Michigan will do so beginning with next June's tryout. There is no avoiding it, and individual clubs will have no say in the matter. Our club will embrace the change, and we will work together to make this a positive transition for our players and our teams.

Second, we hope that we provide you with a sense of comfort by saying that we are one of only two Michigan clubs that already has experience with this transition. As a member of the US Soccer Development Academy, our Wolves Academy has been selecting teams by birth year for eight years. As a result, each year, we consider players from across multiple State Cup age groups‎ in selecting Academy rosters. We have come to realize that each player's developmental pathway is slightly different, and we have had regular practice in guiding players toward their "next steps" each year.‎ As a club, we feel well equipped to lead our players and their families through this adjustment period.

Finally, we will begin working on this transition well in advance of the June tryout. We will continue to communicate with all of you throughout the process, and we will share new details of our club strategy as those are put into place. Further, we will organize training opportunities for the players in our club according to their birth year, and our coaching staff will spend much time discussing the best placement for our individual players.

In summary, ‎we encourage all of you to focus on the current season. We hope that your families will enjoy the experience and that the players will continue working to improve. As a club, we are confident in our ability to navigate through another new time in club soccer, and we will endeavor to make decisions that will benefit our players. We are grateful for your support.


Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club