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Creaghan Diekema (Belmont University GRIT Award)

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GRIT Award Honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University men's soccer player Creaghan Diekema is the picture of a hard worker. Diekema was recently recognized for his contributions to the Belmont athletics program by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as November's recipient of the Belmont GRIT Award on Monday.

"Practice, the weight room, or games, whether things are going well or poorly, Creaghan is always giving 100 percent," said Head Coach Bryan Green.

Diekema, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan was a key member of the 2017 men's soccer squad. He added a goal and an assist in the historic 6-1 victory over Niagara in August. The team's six goal performance tied the Belmont record for the most goals scored against a NCAA Division I opponent. Diekema also led the Belmont team with two assists on the season, recording his second at Evansville in October. He also recorded his second goal of the season in the match.

Diekema is a key member on the pitch, but also is a leader off the field. "He also does all the little things to be a great teammate and help the team. Whether it is listening to a younger teammate, giving a positive comment, or picking up equipment he unselfishly does the little things no one ever sees," said Green. 

This is not the first recognition that Diekema has been honored with this season. Earlier in November, he was named to the Horizon League All-Academic team that is comprised of 12 student athletes chosen by faculty representatives that have significant classroom and on-field achievements. Diekema currently boasts a 3.82 GPA.

Diekema has high hopes for the 2018 season as the men's soccer team transitions to Southern Conference play.