GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Football Club has re-signed defender Clare Carlson and midfielders Sam Maher, Alex Ruffer and Sadie Misiewicz for the 2018 United Women’s Soccer season.
Returning for her second season with the Ladies in Blue, Carlson notched four goals in 13 competitive appearances during the 2017 campaign. The 5-foot-5 defender appeared in three postseason matches last season, including the UWS National Championship against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat on July 22.
A native of Ada, Mich., Carlson played four seasons with Grand Valley State University from 2013-16, leading the Lakers to four consecutive NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship appearances. She also earned back-to-back NSCAA and D2CCA All-American honors in her final two years at GVSU. In total, Carlson tallied 13 goals and 10 assists in 87 games with the Lakers.
Maher started nine competitive matches for GRFC in 2017 and recorded one goal. On July 8, Maher garnered Woman of the Match accolades after picking up three assists in a 7-1 win at Indy Premier.
A native of Caledonia, Mich., Maher spent four seasons with Central Michigan University, tallying seven goals and eight assists in 75 appearances with the Chippewas from 2013-16. In addition to her on-field duties, Maher wrapped up her collegiate career with three consecutive Academic All-MAC selections. After her first season at CMU in 2013, Maher was named to the Freshman All-MAC Team.
Ruffer re-joins the Ladies in Blue after making six competitive appearances in 2017. The 5-foot-4 midfielder’s lone start came in the club’s inaugural UWS match, a 3-1 win versus Michigan Legends on May 13.
A native of Lombard, Ill., Ruffer recently completed her senior year at Western Michigan University, recording one goal and two assists in 19 starts for the Broncos. She netted six goals and six helpers in 77 career appearances with the Brown and Gold.
Misiewicz appeared in 13 competitive matches for GRFC during the 2017 campaign. The 5-foot-6 midfielder featured as a substitute in three postseason contests, including a cameo in the UWS National Championship versus Santa Clarita.
A native of Holland, Mich., Misiewicz recently finished her sophomore season at Michigan State University, contributing one assist in 10 appearances for the Green and White. In addition to her on-field duties, Misiewicz captured Academic All-Big Ten honors alongside teammate Mouse Kovacs. In all, Misiewicz has tallied three assists in 24 career games with the Spartans.
GRFC opens the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, May 5 as the Ladies in Blue host the Midwest United U19 squad at 7 p.m. at Grandville High School. Additional home dates confirmed by United Women’s Soccer include May 13, May 20, June 2, June 30 and July 8.