The Fall Season is in full swing, with most colleges and universities starting conference play in the past week. 11 GRFC players are currently competing at various schools, and all are seeing success on the field.
Forward Alex Mendez has taken his great summer form and continued it in the Fall. The Saints currently sit at 6-2 (1-0 WHAC) and Mendez has scored 5 goals in the 7 games he has played in. He also scored the tying goal in a thrilling 4-3 win over nationally ranked UNOH Saturday night.
The Knights of Calvin are undefeated during the 2017 campaign, sitting at 8-0-0 (4-0-0 MIAA). Defender Trent Vegter has played in all eight matches, leading a back line that has produced six clean sheets. He has also contributed in the attack, with one goal and two assists on the season.
The Golden Eagles have been hit hard by the injury bug this season, and currently sit at 1-3-2 (0-0-1 WHAC). Goalkeeper Dary Dewalt has featured in 5 of the 6 matches, making 33 saves so far.
The Panthers are competing for the first time in NCAA D2 and the GLIAC, and are sitting at 5-2-1 overall (2-1-1 GLIAC). Midfielder Cam Cavanagh and Goalkeeper Aaron Orban have started all 8 games, with the silky smooth midfielder getting the game winning goal against Northern Michigan on Sunday. Orban has made 16 saves and has 2 clean sheets during the 2017 campaign, and was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week after his clean sheet this weekend.
Midwestern State University:
The D2 powerhouse in Texas is dominating again this season, and Forward Scott Doney is a big reason why. The Cougars (8-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 Heartland) have scored 19 goals in those 8 games, and the towering New Zealand Forward has 8 of them. Doney currently leads NCAA D2 in game winning goals (5). He has been named Heartland Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice so far this season, and shows no signs of slowing his blistering pace down.
Western Michigan University:
It has been a great start to the season for the #12 Broncos, as they currently sit at 9-0-1 (0-0-0 MAC). Both Midfielder Kosti Moni and Forward Anthony Bowie have appeared in all ten of the Broncos matches, starting eight, and both have also scored two goals. Moni got the game winner in a massive win against the University of Michigan last week as well. Nate Hoover has made seven appearances, scoring one goal on the season.
University of Michigan:
The Wolverines have had a few injuries and suspensions early this season, but have still started strong. They currently sit at 5-2-2 overall (2-1-1 Big Ten) and beat Northwestern 3-1 on Sunday. Defender Peter Brown has played in seven matches, starting two including the win this weekend. Midfielder Lucas Rosendall has played in three matches, starting two and getting an assist against Valparaiso.