Alma, Mich. - A record 17 student-athletes have committed to attend Alma College and become part of the Scots' women's soccer program in the fall of 2017, it was announced today (Wednesday, June 14) by Head Coach Ashley Bingaman.
"We expect some tremendous things out of this group during their four year career," Bingaman said. "The coaching staff worked hard over the past two years to find a balanced group that will provide some immediate impact as well as build for our long-term goals for the program. As a group they are strong soccer players, athletes and students. Each one of these incoming players knows what it means to be a good teammate and believes in Alma College as well as our team."
Alma advanced to the MIAA Tournament championship game in 2016 and has finished with a .500 record or better for the past nine seasons. The Scots were 9-6-5 last year and finished fourth in the MIAA with an 8-4-4 mark. Alma also played a school-record eight overtime games in 2016 and compiled a program record-tying eight-game unbeaten streak, going 4-0-4 from September 24-October 18.
Alma opens the 2017 campaign on Friday, Sept. 1, traveling to Duluth, Minn., to face the College of Saint Scholastica as part of a two-game road trip. The Scots will take on Concordia College (Minn.) in Duluth, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 3, to round out the non-conference schedule and will host Adrian College on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to open the home portion of the season.
Following is the list of student-athletes that have committed to join the Scots this fall:
Hometown: Plymouth, Mich.
High School: Canton High School
Club Team: Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club
Highlights: Did not play high school soccer in order to participate in club soccer with Michigan Hawks under coaches Doug Landefeld and Sam Cheaib ... Helped Hawks to undefeated 2016 fall season and the Eclipse Soccer Club Challenge Cup Championship in summer of 2016 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Recipient of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence ... Also member of the school's STEM Academy and served on the STEM Council ... Volunteered with PB&J ministry at her local church, helped host movie night for victims of domestic violence and aided with Chemo-Care project to help pediatric cancer patients.
Why Alma?: " I chose to attend Alma College because I love the passion and pride everyone has in the school. It alway will provide me with competitive athletic and academic environments."
Bingaman says: "Tori has spent the past season playing for one of the premier club programs in the region. This experience has sharpened all of her skills and we are excited for the way she will be able to immediately impact our team. Tori's vision as an attacker is going to compliment our offense greatly."
Hometown: Holland, Mich.
High School: Holland High School
Club Team: TNT West Soccer Club
Highlights: Played varsity soccer for two seasons under coach Greg Ceithaml ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Member of the TNT West Soccer Club for two seasons under coach Larry De Leon.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because of all of the academic opportunities available."
Bingaman says: "A tough player and even tougher defender Anne reads the game well and has a strong ability to win balls out of the air. She fits the model of an Alma College athlete: hard working, determined, and has a team-first mentality."
Hometown: Pinckney, Mich.
High School: Pinckney Community High School
Club Team: Michigan Alliance Football Club
Highlights: Four-year member of the varsity soccer team under coach Tom Greeley ... Earned All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association honorable mention accolades in 2016 ... Played for the Michigan Alliance Club, helping the squad to a first-place finish in Premier I and indoor leagues ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also served as a class council secretary and member of the student government ... Participated in the Girl Scouts, chamber orchestra and was the founder of the school's renaissance group ... Received Presidential Service Award for over 100 hours of community service in a year.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because it allows me to pursue all of my interests. I love how comfortable I feel when I'm here, like I belong."
Bingaman says: "Cassidy is a fierce competitor and a tenacious defender. Having watched her play and grow over the past two years I am excited about her speed and ability to close an opponent down. Cassidy brings intensity to every practice and every game that we are looking forward to within our program."
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
High School: Ann Arbor Huron High School
Club Team: Canton Celtic Soccer Club
Highlights: Played for the varsity team all four seasons under coaches Matt Dailey (2014, 15), Bradford Ewert (2016) and Lee Hudson (2017) ... Earned all-district honorable mention honors in 2014 ... Four-time scholar-athlete award winner ... Served as team captain at Huron during 2017 campaign ... Played for the Canton Celtic Club, helping the team to the Warrior Fall Classic championship ... Served as team captain in 2014 and 2015 while earning team MVP honors in 2014 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Served as a volunteer at U-M and St. Joe Hospitals ... Also volunteered at the Silver Club, helping elderly people suffering from dementia, and the Adventure Center day care.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I love the small school atmosphere and everyone I met made me feel so welcome right away. Alma was a good fit for me both academically and athletically."
Bingaman says: "Bella has gotten the strength training bug and has already made huge strides. I'm really excited for her to start working with our strength and conditioning staff in the fantastic Sherman Strength Room. Bella is sure to take over some top spots in the weight room from past graduates. As a goalkeeper she is fearless, aggressive and confident in net. Always eager to learn and get better, Bella is going to push our program and herself to get better."
Hometown: Mason, Mich.
High School: Mason High School
Club Team: Chill SBC Soccer Club
Highlights: Played varsity soccer under coach Christie Hursey ... Helped Mason to MHSAA district title in 2015 ... Played club soccer with Chill SBC of Lansing ... Member of National Honor Society ... Graduated in the top 10 of her class ... Also participated in the Student Senate and robotics club.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I wanted to play soccer for Alma and they have a good public health program and Model UN."
Bingaman says: "A talented midfielder, Hannah is a truly selfless player. She works both sides of the ball, always first to apply pressure and defend the middle of the field. Her vision and passing abilities allow her to create numerous goal scoring opportunities for her teammates. Hannah does all the little things well, which add up to great things on the field."
Hometown: Ludington, Mich.
High School: Ludington High School
Club Team: Central Shoreline Soccer Club
Highlights: Four-year member of the varsity soccer team under coach Kris Anderson ... Three-time all-district selection (2014, 15, 16) ... Earned first-team all-conference honors in 2016 ... Participated as a member of the Central Shoreline Soccer Club, helping team to the Cherry Capital Cup and league championships ... Also played basketball at Ludington High School from 2015-17 under coached Thad Shank and Matt Millspaugh ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also served on the Youth Advisory Council ...
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I have the opportunity to continue my soccer career along with be able to become a pediatric nurse."
Bingaman says: "Courtney is a solid defender who isn't afraid of contact. She will enjoy the physical side of the college game as she works hard to shut down attackers."
Hometown: Lake Orion, Mich.
High School: Lake Orion High School
Club Team: Vardar Soccer Club
Highlights: Played varsity soccer under coach Chris Corteg, serving as team captain in 2016 ... Four-time winner of the scholar-athlete award and also earned Oakland Activities Association scholar-athlete honors in 2017 ... Played club soccer with Vardar, scoring 80 goals between 2011-16 and serving as team co-captain in 2014 ... Member of the National Honor Society and earned the Lamp of Learning Award four times ... Served as a member of the University Presbyterian Church youth leadership team and high school choir ... Appointed to the Oakland County Business Roundtable Oakland Next Committee ... Father, Matthew Gibb, played baseball at Alma College.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because it had everything I was looking for in a college. It's a small, liberal arts school where I have the opportunity to play soccer and sing in the choir."
Bingaman says: "Emma has become a forward capable of creating and finishing goal-scoring opportunities. What I love about Emma is that she can put her teammates in position to score, and she also knows how and when to take the shot herself. Our program has been a force scoring lots of goals and we are looking for Emma to continue this trend."
Hometown: Canton, Mich.
High School: Salem High School
Club Team: Canton Celtic Soccer Club
Highlights: Played for the varsity soccer team from 2016-17 under coaches George Tomasso and Kyle Karns ... Played for the Canton Celtic Soccer Club, helping the squad to the 2014 Canton Cup championship as well as a runner-up finish in 2015 ... Also participated with the Rocks' women's bowling program for three seasons under coach Katie Hahn, helping the team to MHSAA Regionals in 2016 ... Three-time Kensington Lakes Activities Association scholar-athlete award winner ... Member of the Key Club ... Earned Gold Key for portfolio in Scholastic Art Competition ... Served as a volunteer with several local organizations, including serving as a tutor at the Eaton Academy in Detroit.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because academically and athletically it was a perfect fit."
Bingaman says: "Liv is a soccer mind who consistency puts herself in the correct position and distributes the ball cleanly. While small in stature, she does not play small and is joining a team who knows that size does not determine anything. She has come out strong this spring season playing with a talented high school group we are excited for her to hit the ground running this August with our team."
Hometown: Saint Charles, Mich.
High School: Hemlock High School
Club Team: Fusion Soccer Club
Highlights: Played varsity soccer for four seasons under coach Joel Bauer ... Earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors in 2016 and second-team all-conference accolades in 2015 ... Member of the Fusion Soccer Club in 2016 and Gators Soccer Club in 2015 ... Also played two seasons for the Hemlock women's basketball team under coach Scott Neumeyer, earning honorable mention all-conference recognition in 2017 ... Played tennis for two seasons and received honorable mention all-conference honors in 2015 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Finished with one of the top 10 GPAs in her class ...
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because of the small class sizes, good reputation and great coaching staff."
Bingaman says: "The first thing we noticed about Hannah was her speed! She is a talented attacker on the wing or in the middle of the field. Hannah comes to us with great leadership experience in leading her small high school team. She also has a taste of a bigger environment playing for a strong club program. Both of these experiences have led her to where she belongs – at Alma College."
Hometown: Grand Ledge, Mich.
High School: Grand Ledge High School
Club Team: Lansing Rush Soccer Club
Highlights: Played varsity soccer for four seasons ... Helped Grand Ledge to the Capital Area Activities Conference Silver Cup in 2015 and 2016, as well as the league championship in 2014 ... Received first-team All-CAAC honors in 2016 ... Three-time All-CAAC academic award winner (2014, 15, 16) ... Played club soccer for Lansing Rush.
Why Alma?: "I chose Alma College because I have always wanted to play college soccer. I visited the campus and fell in love instantly."
Bingaman says: "Ali is a smart defender who looks forward to the challenging of shutting down top attackers. She is aggressive and fearless on the field and takes direction extremely well. She is very coachable and we cannot wait to start working with her this fall."
Hometown: Midland, Mich.
High School: Midland High School
Club Team: Nationals Tricity Soccer Club
Highlights: Played for the varsity soccer team under coach Richard Campbell ... Helped Chemics to Saginaw Valley League and MHSAA District titles ... Earned first-team all SVL honors in 2015 ... Two-time selection to the SVL Academic Team ... Played club soccer for Nationals Tricity, helping squad to the semifinals of the State Cup ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Participated with the S.A.V.E. club ... Served as a volunteer at Mid-Michigan Hospital.
Why Alma?: "I chose Alma College because of the community and the small campus. I love the small classrooms and the academic aspect of the school. I also wanted to play soccer near my hometown because I have a big family of supporters that want to be a part of my college journey."
Bingaman says: "Makenzie can play anywhere on the field, but I personally love her on the wing where she can use her speed, take players on 1v1 and cause havoc for the other team. Makenzie is going to continue our program's tradition of hard working wing players who never stop."
Hometown: Okemos, Mich.
High School: Okemos High School
Club Team: Lansing Rush Soccer Club
Highlights: Helped Okemos to 2017 Capital Area Activities Conference Blue title and third-place finish in the CAAC Gold Cup ... Played club soccer for Michigan Chill SBC and Lansing Rush ... Member of the school orchestra.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I love the atmosphere. I feel so at home when I'm there."
Bingaman says: "Emily is another player who has what we desire in our program. She has good pace on the wing, works tirelessly for the ball and her for her teammates. We are excited to work with her as she takes her game to the next level."
Hometown: Farmington Hills, Mich.
High School: Bloomfield Hills Marian High School
Club Team: Vardar Soccer Club
Highlights: Four-year member of the Marian varsity soccer team ... Helped Mustangs to the Catholic League title and state-runner up finish in 2014. Team also won MHSAA regional title in 2016 ... Played club soccer for Vardar ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also participated in the SADD Club, Ambassador Club, and Spanish Honors Society.
Why Alma?: "I chose Alma because of the high academic standards as well as the competitive soccer program. The nice and inviting atmosphere on campus really made Alma feel like home."
Bingaman says: "Lauren is a strong forward who has a nose for the goal. She loves to score and can shoot from the outside as well as finish one time balls in front of the net. When Lauren is playing you can see the passion in her and it's contagious."
Hometown: South Point, Ohio
High School: South Point High School
Club Team: APEX Soccer Club
Highlights: Played varsity soccer all four seasons ... Earned second-team all-district honors in 2014 and honorable mention all-district accolades in 2016 ... Played soccer for the APEX Soccer Club in West Virginia ... Finished third in state powerlifting competition ... Member of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society ... Also participated in Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, student body council and bowling club.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because it provides me with a home atmosphere and it provided me with all the requirements I searched for in a college."
Bingaman says: "Cam is a player with some good versatility on the defensive side of the ball. She can play in the back line as well as in the center midfield. She is composed on the ball and makes clean crisp passing decisions that will allow us to start our attack from the back."
Hometown: Canton, Mich.
High School: Canton High School
Club Team: Canton Soccer Club
Highlights: Played for the varsity soccer team under coach Jeannine Reddy, helping the Chiefs to MHSAA district and regional titles ... Played for the Canton Soccer Club.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because they have a great education program. I get to play soccer for the next four years and I like the small campus."
Bingaman says: "Danielle plays at a high pace already and moves the ball so efficiently. She is a great attacking center midfielder who can run with the ball on her foot, pass and get back into open space or take a shot from the outside. We are looking forward to goals and assists throughout her career."
Hometown: Twin Lake, Mich.
High School: Reeths-Puffer High School
Club Team: Select Soccer Club
Highlights: Four-year member of the varsity soccer team, helping the team to three Ottawa-Kent Conference Black championships ... Also was a member of 2014 MHSAA district championship team ... Earned All-OK Conference honorable mention honors in 2016 ... Participated with the Reeths-Puffer Youth Soccer Club and Select Soccer Club in Muskegon, Mich. ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also participated in band ... Volunteered at the Christian Care Assisted Living Facility.
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because I was inspired by the staff and felt the academic programs and school's focused atmosphere were a perfect fit for me."
Bingaman says: "Abby has the skill, the size and the athleticism of a great defender. She aids the attack with her vision and passing decisions. Abby has a great free kick from long range and terrific service from the corner, both of which are going to aid our program."
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
High School: Mount Pleasant High School
Club Team: Lansing Rush Soccer Club
Highlights: Four-year member of the varsity soccer program under coach John Bunting ... Helped Oilers to MHSAA district titles in 2014 and 2016 ... Earned first-team All-Saginaw Valley League honors and all-district accolades in 2016 ... Three-year team captain ... Played club soccer for Lansing Rush, serving as a captain for three years ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also served as the president of the Business Professionals of America and was on the executive board of the student senate ...
Why Alma?: "I chose to attend Alma College because of the at-home feeling, the high standards both on and off the field and all of the amazing opportunities available."
Bingaman says: "Ally is a top level goalkeeper who has pushed herself to become the player that she is today. She has great hands, reads the game well and makes saves to keep her team in games constantly. A true leader, she is the voice of reason from the back and will fit into our team and family perfectly."