Women's Soccer

FERRIS WOMEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM ADDS HEATHER O’KEEFE

Huntington (Ind.) University Transfer To Join Bulldogs For 2005 Campaign

Ferris State Soccer Third-year Ferris State University women’s soccer head coach Melissa Lalonde has announced the recent addition of Huntington (Ind.) University transfer forward Heather O’Keefe (Ada/Forest Hills Central), who has committed to attend and play soccer at FSU beginning with the 2005-06 academic year.

The 5-3 O’Keefe, who will be a sophomore in eligibility this fall, attained All-Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) accolades as a freshman in 2004 for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member. She ranked as the Foresters’ second-leading scorer with 10 goals and seven assists as Huntington compiled an 8-9 overall record and a sixth-place (3-5) conference finish under head coach Tom Datema.

“Heather comes to us with a wealth of experience,” Lalonde said. “Her high school and club teams had quite a bit of success at the state and regional level. In addition, her father is a club coach so she’s had great exposure to team tactics and possess a solid understanding of the game.

“Technically, she’s an attacking-minded player with a naturally powerful shot who has proven herself as a goal-scorer,” added Lalonde.

Prior to her one-year stint at Huntington, O’Keefe earned three varsity soccer letters at Grand Rapids’ Forest Hills Central High School. She was a first-team all-state honoree as a senior (2004) after netting 16 goals along with 12 assists as the Rangers posted a 23-2-1 overall record. The two-time (2003-04) all-district pick also claimed all-region and all-conference laurels in her final prep campaign.

O’Keefe tallied 13 goals and eight assists in 2003 following her six goal along with five assist output in 2002. Forest Hills Central notched a 21-2 overall mark and reached the state finals in 2003 for head coach Clark Udell before advancing to the state semifinals in 2004. O’Keefe also played club level soccer for the Grand Valley Premier Soccer Club from 2001-04.

Besides athletics, O’Keefe also was a member of the school’s Pom-Pon and dance teams. The daughter of Rich and Donna O’Keefe, Heather plans to major in music industry management at Ferris State. Her brother, Ryan, is a junior goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team at NCAA Division III Adrian College (Mich.).

O’Keefe joins prep midfielders Jackie Back (Ortonville/Brandon), Michelle Young (Williamston) and Stacey Daschner (Rockford), forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern), goalkeeper Sarah Crumback (Battle Creek/Lakeview) along with defender Amanda Mills (Rockford) as members of FSU’s 2005 recruiting class.

Ferris State recorded the program's second-best performance in its five-year history with a 9-9-1 overall mark under Lalonde in 2004, including a fifth place 3-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish.


FERRIS STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER ADDS WILLIAMSTON MIDFIELDER

Michelle Young Announces Intentions To Attend & Compete For The Bulldogs

Third-year Ferris State University women’s soccer head coach Melissa Lalonde has announced the addition of prep midfielder Michelle Young (Williamston), who has committed to attend and play soccer at FSU beginning with the 2005-06 academic year.

Ferris State SoccerThe 5-4 Young, who’s currently playing her prep senior season this spring, earned third-team all-state recognition as a junior in 2004 after guiding Williamston High School to a 20-4-2 overall record and a second consecutive district championship. She registered seven goals and 11 assists under head coach Jim Flore last campaign.

“I'm pleased Michelle’s elected to join our program,” Lalonde said. “She’s done a great job as a midfielder at the high school level for several years. Williamston has played a tough schedule each year and therefore she’s used to a competitive environment.”

A four-year letterwinner, Young attained All-Capital Area Activities Conference kudos for the second-straight year last season. The two-time (2003-04) all-district honoree also was named to the all-region squad. In addition, she helped WHS achieve team academic all-state recognition by being chosen as an all-academic team pick for the second consecutive campaign.

“Overall, she’s a hard-worker with a great fitness base, solid touch and the ability to read plays nicely,” said Lalonde. “Her base of skill and instinct will give her a good foundation to make a successful jump to the college level.”

Young, who twice (2003-04) served as team captain, totaled 10 goals and three assists as a sophomore (2003) following her eight goals along with four assist output in her freshman campaign (2002). Her play helped Williamston compile records of 13-9-3 and 16-7-2 in 2002 and 2003, respectively. She also played club level soccer for both the TNT and C.A. United Soccer Teams.

Besides soccer, Young also participated in volleyball and cross country during her prep career. She netted honorable mention all-league cross country kudos in 2002 and advanced to the state finals in 2001. She was also active in the National Honor Society, Young Life and Peers programs along with being named homecoming queen. The daughter of William and Lynn Young of Williamston, Michelle plans to major in dental hygiene at Ferris State.

Young is the latest addition to FSU’s 2005 recruiting class, which also includes midfielders Jackie Back (Ortonville/Brandon) and Stacey Daschner (Rockford), forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern), goalkeeper Sarah Crumback (Battle Creek/Lakeview) along with defender Amanda Mills (Rockford).

The Bulldogs recorded the program's second-best performance in its five-year history with a 9-9-1 overall mark under Lalonde in 2004, including a fifth place 3-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish.


FERRIS STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER INKS GOALKEEPER SARAH CRUMBACK

Battle Creek Lakeview Product To Join Bulldogs For 2005 Campaign

The Ferris State University women’s soccer program has signed goalkeeper Sarah Crumback (Battle Creek/Lakeview) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s soccer at FSU, beginning in the 2005-06 academic year. The announcement was made by third-year FSU head coach Melissa Lalonde.

The 5-9 Crumback, who’s currently midst her prep senior season at Battle Creek’s Lakeview High School, attained first-team All-Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference accolades as a junior in 2004 after guiding the Spartans to the league’s East Division championship. She allowed only 29 goals and tallied a school-record 147 saves as Lakeview compiled a 8-7-2 overall record last season. Crumback, who tallied five shutouts in net a year ago, currently has held the opposition scoreless four times this campaign.

FSU Soccer“I’m excited Sarah’s decided to join our program,” Lalonde said. “She has great athleticism, coachability and character which are all important keys in leading the defense. Her athleticism and mentality will provide added strength and depth to our goalkeeping position.”

A 2004 all-district team pick, Crumback posted a .831 saves percentage and a .164 goals allowed per game figure in 17 outings last season. The all-city team honoree received the squad’s Best Defensive Player Award after guiding the Spartans to their second-straight league title under head coach Todd Wells. A two-year varsity letterwinner, Crumback also served as team co-captain on the junior varsity level during her prep career.

Crumback, who also has extensive club soccer experience, led the TKO Premier Select squad to a 7-7-1 mark in 2003 by recording 136 saves, a .834 saves percentage and seven shutouts in 15 contests. She previously earned Most Valuable Player Award honors for the B.C. United West Michigan Youth Soccer Association (WMYSA) squad and was named the Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the Michigan State Soccer Camp.

Besides soccer, Crumback also participated in volleyball at Battle Creek Lakeview where she garnered both all-region and honorable mention all-state laurels as a senior. The outside hitter led the Spartans with 247 kills, 323 digs and 80 blocks in her final campaign. An all-conference volleyball player, Crumback helped LHS win a district championship and received all-city team kudos. She’s presently among the nominees for Battle Creek’s prestigious Athlete of the Year Award.

A licensed American Youth Soccer (AYSO) referee, Crumback has also been active in the girl scouts and pep club along with working as a community volunteer. The daughter of James and Susan Crumback, Sarah plans to major in education at Ferris State. Her great-grandfather, Hall J. Estes, graduated from Ferris in the late 1920’s and played football for the Bulldogs.

Crumback joins midfielders Jackie Back (Ortonville/Brandon) and Stacey Daschner (Rockford), forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) along with defender Amanda Mills (Rockford) as current members of FSU’s 2005 recruiting class.

The Bulldogs concluded the 2004 women's soccer campaign with an 9-9-1 overall mark under Lalonde, which represented the program's second-best performance in its five-year history and included a fifth place 3-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish.


TWO MORE PREP RECRUITS JOIN FERRIS WOMEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM

Jackie Back & Tammy Unsworth Announce Intentions To Attend FSU

Women's Soccer Ferris State University women's soccer head coach Melissa Lalonde, who completed her second season at the helm during the fall 2004 campaign, has announced the names of two additional prep student-athletes who have committed to attend and play women's soccer at FSU starting with the 2005-06 academic year. The pair includes midfielder Jackie Back (Ortonville/Brandon) and forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern), who are both currently midst their final prep campaigns this spring.

A three-time (2002-04) all-district honoree, Back netted four goals and nine assists during the 2004 campaign for Brandon High School where she was coached by her father, Greg Back. The 5-2 Back previously recorded 15 goals and nine assists in 2003 following her seven goal along with five assist output in 2002. She attained All-Flint Metro League accolades three times and was an honorable mention all-state honoree as a sophomore. Back, who served as the squad's team captain and was voted team Most Valuable Player last season, has received conference all-academic recogniton each of the last two campaigns.

"Jackie is a versatile athlete who's capable of playing in either an attacking or defensive role," Lalonde said. "She's an experienced player who posesses solid technical ability and makes sound decisions on the field. Jackie has remarkable character and a passion for the game, which should enable her to contribute to our team's success immediately."

Back also participated in cross country, volleyball along with track and field for the Blackhawks during her prep career. A National Honor Society member, she played club level soccer for both the Vardar and Birmingham Blazers programs. The daughter of Greg and Patti Back, she plans to major in pharmaceuticals at Ferris State.

The 5-1 Unsworth helped guide Walled Lake Northern High School to an 11-5-4 record in 2004 under head coach Drew Drummond. Unsworth received both all-region and all-district kudos for the third consecutive season after scoring 27 goals and notching eight assists as a junior. In addition, she earned Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division II All-State recognition. A three-time (2003-05) team captain, Unsworth tallied 147 career points in her first three prep seasons.

"Tammy is a true forward in every sense of the position and has a tremendous attacking mentality with great skill, vision, speed, and a competitive drive," said Lalonde. "Technically, she's capable of beating opponents on the dribble or by threading a pass through the defense. Tammy's ability to both score goals and generate creative play will surely add to our attacking scheme."

Unsworth, who compiled 21 goals and seven assists in 2003, also earned all-conference laurels as a freshman (2002) when she totaled both 12 goals and 12 assists. She holds school records for most points, goals and assists in a career besides single-season records for points and goals. A three-year varsity starter, Unsworth also played club soccer for the Livonia United, Vardar and C.A. United select squads. She remains undecided on a major at FSU and is the daughter of Nick and Vanessa Unsworth.

Back and Unsworth join Stacey Daschner (Rockford) and Amanda Mills (Rockford) as members of FSU's 2005 recruiting class. The Bulldogs concluded the 2004 women's soccer campaign with an 9-9-1 overall mark under Lalonde, which represented the program's second-best performance in its five-year history and included a fifth place 3-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish.


FERRIS STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER ADDS ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL DUO

Stacey Daschner & Amanda Mills Announce Intentions To Join Bulldog Program

Women's Soccer Second-year Ferris State University women’s soccer head coach Melissa Lalonde has announced the addition of midfielder Stacey Daschner (Rockford) and defender Amanda Mills (Rockford), who are presently both midst their prep senior seasons at Rockford High School. Both have committed to attend and play women’s soccer at FSU starting with the 2005-06 academic year.

The 5-1 Daschner netted 20 assists and a single goal during the 2004 campaign as the Rams compiled a 7-2-2 mark in the Ottawa-Kent (OK) Conference Red Division under head coach Wayne Vandemerwe. She previously totaled 17 assists and four goals in 2003 after recording 13 assists along with 11 goals as a freshman (2002).

“Stacey is an athletic and hard-working player with a great deal of drive for the game,” Lalonde said. “She’s a smart athlete who makes good tactical decisions on the field. Stacey loves to compete, maintains a high work rate, and will push her physical limits consistently.”

A three-year letterwinner, Daschner has also played various club-level soccer for the S.C.O.R., Alliance and Stingers programs. She earned two varsity volleyball letters during her prep career and recently received an invitation to join the United States Under 22 Select Team ,which will travel to Australia in the summer of 2006. Daschner, who’s the daughter of Doug and Sue Daschner of Rockford, plans to major in visual and web design at Ferris State.

The 5-6 Mills totaled two goals and three assists last campaign for RHS following her 12-goal and nine assist effort in 2003. Mills, who was chosen as her squad’s 2003 Most Valuable Player Award recipient, recorded three goals and eight assists in her initial prep season (2002).

“Amanda is naturally a left-footed defender and has incredible accuracy and power, which will be an asset for her in moving to the college level,” said Lalonde. “Additionally, she’s an aggressive athlete who’s able to win balls in the air and performs well against physical play.”

Mills was chosen as the Stingers’ club team MVP last season. Besides the Stingers, she also played club soccer for the S.C.O.R. and Edge programs. The daughter of Mike and Lisa Mills, Amanda plans to major in social work at Ferris State.

“Both Stacey and Amanda are skillful players who will be tremendous additions to our program,” Lalonde said. “We’re excited they’ve committed and plan to continue their careers at Ferris State.”

Daschner and Mills represent the initial members of FSU’s 2005 recruiting class. The Bulldogs concluded the 2004 women's soccer campaign with an 9-9-1 overall mark under Lalonde, which represented the program's second-best performance in its five-year history and included a fifth place 3-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish.

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