Meet Alexa Spaanstra

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Alexa Spaanstra, Midfielder, Michigan Hawks 

Alexa Spaanstra is one of a few two-sport stars on this World Cup team. Spaanstra is an elite runner as well as a top club soccer player. Her track exploits put her on the national radar before her soccer talents brought into the discussion. 

Spaanstra finished third in the 200 meter dash for 10-9 year olds in 2009. She was the only nine year old in the top eight. In typical Alexa Spaanstra fashion, the third place finish was not good enough. She went back the next year and won the event by over a second

Her love for the track did not dissipate over the years. She is still running strong and picking up honors along the way. Last year, she was named to the county girls track team after her freshman season with Brighton High School. Her high school track coach described Spaanstra as having the heart of a lion and the speed of a cheetah. 

“Alexa actually feeds off the competition and performs better the greater the stakes,” Brighton High School Track coach Geri Gree told the Livingston Daily in 2015. 

Spaanstra’s club coach Doug Landefeld also noticed the teenager’s ability to raise to the occasion when he began to believe she had national team potential. 

“It was at the U13 level when she started scoring goals in big games that we thought she could do something at the next level,” Landefeld told TopDrawerSoccer. 

Spaanstra’s knack for thriving in the big moments has made her one of the regulars with the U.S. U17 WNT since the first camp. She has only missed three camps since 2014. 

The qualities that have impressed the youth national team coaches have been present since the start with the Michigan Hawks

“She was always the fastest player and hardest worker in the age group,” Landefeld said about the Brighton, Mich.-native, who joined Hawks at the U11 age group. 

Since her arrival with the national team, Spaanstra has only increased her training so she could be ready to go once those big moments come up in games. 

“Alexa has always worked hard to get better,” Landefeld said. “With the World Cup coming up, we have seen her putting even more into every workout to make she is ready to help her team. She has always been a great teammate while striving to be the very best she can be.”


Crew Fall Classic 2016

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Congratulations to Coach Scott and the Wolves 07 for going undefeated this weekend and winning the Crew Fall Classic U10 Division. Awesome job boys!

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Coach Scott and the Wolves 06 were Finalists in the U11 division. Congratulations!

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The Wolves U12 05 Black went undefeated in their division in the Columbus Crew Tourney. They Played 4 games and won the finals against Delaware Knights OH 6-2.

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Michigan Hawks Updates

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Oh the places you can go as a Michigan Hawk!  Izzy and Alexa in Cyprus training for U17 World Cup


  Emaly Vatne heads to Holland with the U16 WYNT

   Weekend ECNL Results 
Michigan Hawks ECNL teams start the season out well by going 8-1-1 in St. Louis 
SLSG-MO and SLSG-IL visit Michigan next weekend, come see them play

Night Training at Schoolcraft

The Michigan Wolves and Hawks Soccer club invites everyone to come see the progress of the fields at Schoolcraft.  The club continues to lead the country in creating an unparalleled environment for the youth soccer player. The outdoor field at Schoolcraft College is state of the art and is being used into the night with the help of temporary lights.
Schoolcraft Dome nearing completion

The Schoolcraft Dome, due to be done in early November, will be home to the Michigan Wolves and Hawks Soccer club and Schoolcraft College.  The full-size field and training space will allow the club to offer more training to all of our players.   

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College Updates

Hannah Jones and Jamie Chezlik score for MSU
Marisa Oleksiak scores to beat Iowa
Brenna Lovera scores game winners vs IU and then again vs Purdue
Kylie Knight plays all 95 as Ohio State beats Texas
Megan Young scores her first collegiate golf in a win for Florida Gulf Coast
Alexis Shamoun helps WMU past Western Illinois
7 Hawks face off in Michigan's 3-0 win at Iowa
Malia Berkely continues to excel and start for #3 Florida State
Megan Buckingham helps North Carolina beat UCLA
Jenny Fichera gets a goal as Rice wins again.
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Save the Date
Michigan Hawks Winter Combine 
(Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors)
January 21st at Schoolcraft CollegeMichigan Hawks Winter College Clinic 

January 20th at Schoolcraft College

Find out where all the top players are going!

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#2 in Club National Championship!

Midwest Reds Invitational Champions

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Congrats to the Hawks 2010 for going undefeated this weekend and winning the U8 Division at the Midwest Red Invitational. Great job Girls !!


Congratulations to the U11 Michigan Wolves!  Champions of the Midwest Reds Invitational.


Ken Krolicki: Big 10 Player of the Week

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Sept. 13, 2016


Offensive Player of the Week
Ken Krolicki, Michigan State
M – Jr. – Plymouth, Mich. – Canton

  • Guided Michigan State to a win over Rutgers in the Big Ten opener
  • Scored one goal and tallied one assist in the 4-0 win over the Scarlet Knights
  • The 2015-16 Academic All-Big Ten selection earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Ken Krolicki (Nov. 6, 2014)

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3 Wolves Alumni Return to #1 Spot in NSCAA top 25 poll

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- For the seventh time in the last four seasons, the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team has assumed the number one position in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I National Top 25 poll. The Irish received 15 first-place votes (606 voting points) to move from fourth to first in the most recent NSCAA rankings that were released on Tuesday.

No. 1 Notre Dame opened the 2016 season with a 4-0-0 record after sweeping the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament on Aug. 26-28 at Alumni Stadium, and the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Sept. 2-4 at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington. Key Notre Dame victories have included a 1-0 shutout of New Mexico (Aug. 28), a 2-1 triumph in double overtime against defending NCAA champion and No. 15 Stanford (Sept. 2), and a 5-0 clean sheet in the most recent Irish start against No. 22 California (Sept. 4).

After the first two weeks of the 2016 campaign, Notre Dame ranks in the NCAA Division I soccer top 10 in total goals scored (12, second), scoring offense (3.0 goals per game, seventh) and total points (32, eighth), adding top 10 totals in save percentage (.947, seventh) and goals-against average (0.24, eighth).

Notre Dame was previously recognized as the top team in the NSCAA poll three times in its national championship 2013 season (Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and final), and three times as the defending NCAA champion in 2014 (preseason, Sept. 30 and Oct. 21). A total of eight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams, Notre Dame, Clemson (No. 2), North Carolina (No. 3), Syracuse (No. 6), Virginia Tech (No. 15), Virginia (No. 17), Wake Forest (No. 21) and Boston College (No. 25), were included in the Sept. 6 edition of the NSCAA top 25 poll.

No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 15 Virginia Tech are scheduled to open ACC play on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. (ET) inside Alumni Stadium. Visit or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 for more information or to purchase tickets

Original Article:

Irish Mens Soccer Ranked #1

Features (3) Michigan Wolves Alum as starters:

Blake Townes  #20 - Junior Center Midfielder (pictured above)

Oliver Harris    #18 - Senior Midfielder

Matt Habrowski #4 - Senior Center Back - Team Captain

See ND vs Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor 7:30 pm Tuesday October 11th.  

Another great weekend in college!

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Michigan Hawks have another great weekend in college!

Taylor Petersen scores her first goal of the season for Illinois in a 2-1 loss to TCU
Marisa Oleksiak score a goal for MSU but Sam Maher's assists helps CMU past MSU
Hannah Drkulec gets assist in Iowa's win
Natalie Winters assists two as Iowa defeats SIUE
Kylie Knight helps Ohio State upset #16 Virginia Tech
Alexis Shamoun helps WMU past Western Illinois
Madi Lewis and Rubina Veerakone help Michigan upset Mississippi
Marisa Oleksiak and Lexy Warner scores as MSU gets past Colorado
Ally Haran and Monreau Devos get help Wake earn two more shutouts as Wake Forest goes to 6-0 for first time since 2007.
Megan Young gets first career assist as Florida Gulf Coast starts season 2-1
Logan Culver and Emma Tokuyama both score in Mercer win
Ashton Miller and Megan Buckingham, 96 Hawks teammates draw as UNC ties Duke 0-0
Jamie Leas and Avery Hay take Depaul past Army West Point
Jenny Fichera gets two more assists as Rice wins again.
Rachel Winters gets an assist for BGSU but Alison Holland gets the win for Oakland
Assist for Taylor Tambouris for Loyola, Chicago 110-game that ends in 1-1 tie.

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Hawks 09 Motor City Champions

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The Hawks 09 played in the Motor City Champions Cup, and they went 4-0 to win the Championship.

Hawks 06 Red win Saginaw Classic Championship

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Hawks 06 Red, Coached by Sam Cheaib, were the 2016 Champions in the Saginaw Classic Tournament this past weekend! The girls went undefeated in the tournament, and won the final game 5-0.   Thank you to the Saginaw Twp. Soccer Association for a well organized tournament, and congratulations to the Hawks 06 Red team!

Academy Players to Watch for 2016/2017

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The U.S. Soccer Development Academy season kicks off on Saturday for the U15/U16 and U17/U18 age groups. The Academy is entering its 10th season, and will each passing year new players emerge from the crowd. Either those players use the platform to get recognition from Youth National Team coaches or they launch off into academies abroad in hopes of finding new opportunities. 

This season marks the last for the Development Academy as a boys-only league, as the girls side will join the fray in 2017. With the spotlight firmly pointed at the boys, the Development Academy has a number of possible candidates for players who could be on their way to being the next Weston McKennie or Brooks Lennon or among the others who have used this platform to jump to the next level. 

TopDrawerSoccer highlights some candidates below. 

Wolves Alumni Suniel Veerakone scores for Duke

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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke rookie Suniel Veerakone scored twice as Duke exploded for four second-half goals in a 5-1 victory over UNC Asheville in the John Rennie Nike Invitational finale this afternoon. The Blue Devils came away with the title with a win and a tie in the annual tournament.

Veerakone captured Most Valuable Player honors, finishing the weekend with two goals and 168 minutes played over the two games. Joining Veerakone on the All-Tournament team were Max Moser, Robert Moewes and Brian White.

“[Suniel] is a very good player,” said head coach John Kerr. “We see it every day in practice and how many good things he does and now he’s adjusting to the pace of play in college.”