Historic Moments and Notable Performances
Updated through the 2012
- The women's intercollegiate program made the transition from playing field
hockey to soccer in 1989.
- Hope's first MIAA championship was recorded in 2003. It also marked a significant
MIAA milestone because Hope became the first conference member to win a
championship in all 18 league-sponsored sports.
- Hope repeated as conference champions in 2004 and were co-champions in 2005.
- Hope's first MIAA women's soccer MVP was Tina Gill '99. She was a three-time
All-MIAA player who set the single season record for assists.
- Goalkeeper Holly Nestle was credited with 15 shutouts in her freshman year
(2003) rank among the NCAA Division III leaders.
She repeated the fete (15 shutouts) in 2005 and ended her career (2003-06)
- Dawn Gillam established Hope's marks for scoring in MIAA games between
2001-04 -- 35 goals, 23 asssists and 93 points. She was voted the
MIAA's most valuable player as a senior (2004).
- In 2008, Allison Van Beek became the third Hope player to achieve MIAA
most valuable player recognition.
- The Flying Dutch have competed in the NCAA Division III championships three times (2003-04-05)
- Hope athletic teams are afforded the opportunity to have an international
travel experience on a regular basis. The Flying Dutch women's and men's
soccer teams traveled to Europe the summer of 2005.
- The Flying Dutch moved to the new Van Andel Soccer Stadium during the 2009 season. Hope was 2-2 at Van Andel during the inaugural season. The 2012 Flying Dutch were undefeated at Van Andel (8-0-1), including 7-0-1 against MIAA opponents.