posted November 12, 2008

Allison Van Beek Tops All-MIAA Soccer Honorees

Four members of the Hope College women's soccer team have received all-conference honors from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), including the league's top honor.

Senior midfielder Allison Van Beek of Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville HS), pictured right,  has been named the MIAA's most valuable player by conference coaches.

She is joined on the All-MIAA first team by sophomore defender Courtney Cook of Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills Central HS).  Van Beek is being honored on the first team for the third consecutive year while Cook is being recognized for the second time.

Hope players named to the All-MIAA second team are sophomore midfielder Kristen Schwenk of Midland, Mich. (Dow HS) and senior forward Sarah Sosolik of Oswego, Ill. (Oswego HS).

Van Beek led Hope in scoring this fall with 12 goals and two assists. Over her four-year career she scored 31 goals and had 16 assists.

She is the third Hope player to receive MIAA MVP honors joining Tina Gill (1996) and Dawn Gillam (2004).

Coach Leigh Sears' Flying Dutch posted a 13-6 season record and finished third in the MIAA standings.