Eleven Hope College soccer players have been named to the
all-conference teams of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic
Two of the honorees also received individual honors from the league's
coaches. Senior goalkeeper Logan Neil of Hoalland (West Ottawa HS) has
been named the men's most valuable player for the second consecutive
year and freshman midfielder Tarwo Konbloa of East Kentwood (East
Kentwood HS) is being honored as the newcomer of the year.
Neil becomes the fourth Hope player to receive MIAA MVP honors twice,
joining Glenn Swier (1974-75), Kevin Benham (1984-85), and Dan
Tresslar (2006-07). Hope players have received the MVP honor a total
of 12 times. This fall Hope allowed just seven goals over 16 league
games (regular season and league tournament). For the season, Neil's
goals-allowed average was 0.64. The team recorded 13 shutouts,
including one stretch of six consecutive league victories. He has 29
career shutouts heading into this weekend's NCAA tournament.
Joining Neil on the All-MIAA men's first team are senior back David
Whitaker of Vicksburg (Vicksburg HS), senior midfielder Shaun
Groetsema of Augusta (Galesburg Augusta HS), and sophomore forward
Nick Heyboer of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS). Whitaker and Groetsema
are being honored for a second time.
Hope's All-MIAA second team men's honorees are sophomore back Grant
Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS), freshman midfielder Tarwo Konbloa of
East Kentwood (East Kentwood HS), and junior forward Jason Muller of
Petoskey (Petoskey HS).
In women's soccer, Hope's honorees are all on the second team --
senior forward Danielle Petzak of Zeeland (Zeeland West HS), sophomore
forward Cara Johnson of Chelsea (Chelsea HS), freshman forward Erin
Jipping of Holland (West Ottawa HS), and junior defender Kylie Clark
of Noblesville, Ill. (Noblesville HS).