GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Football Club has re-signed midfielder Noble Sullivan for the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season.
Sullivan, 26, appeared in 11 competitive matches for the Boys in Blue during the 2017 campaign and tallied one goal. On May 21, the 5-foot-10, 150-pound midfielder earned Man of the Match honors after potting the game-winning goal in GRFC’s come-from-behind 3-2 win versus the Milwaukee Torrent.
Returning for his fourth season with the Boys in Blue, Sullivan ranks as GRFC’s all-time leading scorer, accumulating 13 total goals for the club. Sullivan produced the club’s most iconic moment during the 2016 Midwest Region Semifinals, scoring in the 70th minute to clinch a 1-0 victory over Indy Eleven NPSL and send GRFC into the Midwest Region Final against eventual champion AFC Cleveland.
A native of Grand Rapids, Sullivan saw game action in three seasons at the University of Michigan from 2010-12 and, most notably, helped the Wolverines win the 2010 Big Ten Tournament and secure a place in that season’s College Cup Semifinals. In all, Sullivan notched one goal and an assist in 41 appearances with the Maize and Blue.
As a redshirt junior in 2012, Sullivan was honored by the Big Ten Conference as a Sportsmanship Award recipient. In addition to his on-field duties, Sullivan earned back-to-back U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Awards from 2009-10.
Prior to his collegiate career, Sullivan was a four-year starter with Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School and was named the Cougars’ Offensive Player of the Year in all four seasons. He garnered First Team All-State accolades as a senior and earned Third Team All-State honors as a junior.
GRFC returns to Houseman Field on Friday, May 4 as the Boys in Blue host Livonia City FC at 7:30 p.m. Additional home dates include May 19, May 27, June 3, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 7.