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Seven Calvin Women’s Soccer Players Receive All-MIAA Honors

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Seven members of the Calvin womenís soccer team have received All-MIAA honors including five individuals who have been named to the All-MIAA first team.

Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are senior Elizabeth Ribbens, juniors Kayla Sulzer, Allison Boender, Emily Ottenhoff and sophomore Carly Prins.

Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are juniors Alyssa Bergsma and Natalie Veurink.

Calvinís total of five All-MIAA first team selections matches the highest single-season total in school history with its 1995 team also achieving the feat.

Ribbens is making her third appearance on the All-MIAA first team while Prins has been selected for the second time. Sulzer, Boender and Ottenhoff are first time selections.

Ribbens is from Tinley Park, Illinois. She is a graduate of Victor J. Andrew High School. A forward, Ribbens led the MAA in scoring this fall with 20 points in conference play on the strength of seven goals and six assists.

Ribbens is a third generation varsity athlete at Calvin as her grandfather Elmer Ribbens was a varsity letterwinner in basketball, baseball and in track and field between 1946-to-1949. Her father Dave Ribbens was a standout on the Calvin menís soccer team in the 1970s and in 1978, was named to the All-MIAA first team. He also served as a co-captain with Calvinís current head womenís soccer coach Mark Recker in 1978. In addition, her mother Deb Ellard Ribbens was a member of the Calvin field hockey team in 1975.

For more on the Ribbens story, please visit the Calvin College Chimes web site: Ribbens Family Story

Like Ribbens, Ottenhoff is from the Chicago area as she hails from Palos Heights, Illinois. A midfielder, Ottenhoff is a graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Ottenhoff was fifth in the MIAA in scoring with 12 points. She was also ranked third in goals with six.

A defender, Boender is from Grandville and is a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School. During the season, Boender was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week once and was part of a Calvin defense that allowed just one goal in conference play.

A goalkeeper, Sulzer is from St. Charles, Missouri. She is a graduate of Whitfield High School. During the conference season, Sulzer compiled a league-leading 0.00 goals-against-average as she did not allow a goal in 315 minutes of play.

A forward, Prins hails from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. Against conference opponents, Prins had five goals and four assists this year. Prins was particularly affective in the MIAA Tournament collecting three goals and two assists including the game-winning goal in the MIAA Tournament championship game against Alma.

Also a goalkeeper, Bergsma is from Walker and is a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School. While splitting the goalkeeping duties with Sulzer this year, Bergsma compiled a league goals-against-average of 0.22 that ranked second in the league statistics behind Sulzer. Bergsma is receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the second straight year.

Veurink is from Spring Lake and is a graduate of Muskegon Western Michigan Christian High School. A midfielder, Veurink finished second in the MIAA in points (15), third in goals (6) and fourth in assists (3).

Calvin recently captured its fourth consecutive MIAA title by finishing 11-0-0 in league play. Included in the run was a 3-0 record in the MIAA Tournament, culminated by a 3-0 win over Alma in the MIAA Tournament Championship game.

Calvin has now won seven MIAA titles overall, ranking only behind the eight titles won by Kalamazoo.

Ranked fourth nationally, Calvin (17-2-1 overall) will host a four-team NCAA III Tournament regional this Friday and Saturday. The Knights will face the College of Mount St. Joseph in a first round game on Friday at 11:00 a.m. 

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