GRFC Women Round Out Roster For 2019

Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids Football Club announced the remaining players on the Womens roster this morning in advance of their first 2019 United Womens Soccer match at Lansing United Friday night.  Head Coach James Gilpin has signed 26 players for the campaign, with a few Midwest United Development Academy players joining once their season ends.

 

Madeline Becker

Becker, a freshman forward at Grand Valley, helped lead the attack for the NCAA D2 Finalists.  She was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year and All Midwest Region 1st Team for the Lakers this Fall.  During her prep days at Forest Hills Central, she was named to the Dream Team and won a state championship.  She also won three state cups with her club Midwest United.

Natalie Belsito

Belsito, a sophomore forward at Central Michigan University, re-joins the Girls in Blue this summer after appearing for GRFC six times during the 2018 campaign.  She has made 26 appearances for the Chippewas, scoring two goals including the game winner over Kent State in September.

Sam Dunn

Dunn, a defender who recently graduated from Saginaw Valley State university, made 70 appearances for the Cardinals.  She was named all-conference twice as well as all-academic team three times.  She has experience in the UWS as she played the 2017 season with the Detroit Sun.

Paige Eli

Eli, a defender who has been on the roster since season one and helped the Girls in Blue to a National Championship, had an injury bug last summer that limited her action.  She was a four -year starter at Davenport University, being named All-American three times.  She also has experience with the England U15, U17, and U19 levels.

Jordanne Ellingboe

Ellingboe, a sophomore goalkeeper at Hope College, has been a two-year starter for the Dutch.  She has appeared in 44 games with only 20 goals against and 22 clean sheets.

Bella Jodzis

Jodzis, a sophomore midfielder at Michigan State University, has made 33 appearances for the Spartans.  During her prep time at Utica Eisenhower, she was named to the Dream Team, was the MAC Red league MVP, and was the captain for her Vardar club team.

Bailey Korhorn

Korhorn, a junior forward at Western Michigan University, appeared in 21 games this Fall and led the Broncos with 9 goals and 19 total points.  She appeared in seven matches for GRFC last summer, scoring four goals for the Girls in Blue.

Natalie Lunt

Lunt, a redshirt freshman defender at Indiana University, is another local product who has played at the highest levels as a youth player.  She won a state championship with Forest Hills Central where she was named all-conference, all-district, all-region, and all-state.  She also won three state cups with Midwest United and played in the National League and Development Academy.

Emily Ponstein

Ponstein, a sophomore goalkeeper at Spring Arbor University, played her first collegiate year at Trinity Christian College in Illinois.  She prepped at Unity Christian, winning two state championships and was named all-state three times.

Rachel Royer

Royer, a redshirt junior defender at Western Michigan University, has made seven appearances for the Broncos.  She is originally from Cincinnati, playing for Oak Hills, leading her prep team to a 20-3 record and regional runner-ups.

Allie Wittenbach

Wittenbach, a forward who recently graduated from Hope College, won three MIAA conference championships and qualified for the national tournament three times.  She was the newcomer of the year in 2014 and was named all-conference three times.  She was also a three-year starter at local high school powerhouse Forest Hills Central.