On Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in Van Andel Soccer Stadium, the Hope College women’s soccer team will pay tribute to its seven graduating seniors. Since few fans are allowed at the event to recognize these student-athletes’ careers, head coach Leigh Sears honors these seniors here.
Corinne Cole — Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota (Eastview HS); Major: Psychology
Corinne is the type of player that every team needs. Her ability to look out and care for her teammates has been a gift to our younger players. She not only works hard to be at her best on the field, but she works very hard to be a great teammate.
Dana Dunning — Hometown: Jonesville, Michigan (Jonesville HS); Majors: Business and Communication
Dana’s ability to wear multiple hats in the program has been invaluable. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Dana looks after her teammates and wants everyone to enjoy the ride. Hope women’s soccer is a better place because of Dana.
Maria Egloff — Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan (Loy Norrix HS); Major: Nursing
Maria is everything a coach would want in a player: hard working, dedicated to the team, and committed to always getting better. Most important, Maria is a leader who cares for those around her.
Jordanne Ellingboe — Hometown: Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS); Major: Business
Jordanne has been a steady presence in goal for the past four years. Her mental toughness allows her to handle the challenges that come with being a goalkeeper. She has been instrumental in the success of the program.
Brinley Nieuwenhuis — Hometown: Wayland, Michigan (Wayland HS); Major: Physical Education
Brinley has been a fierce competitor. The intensity she brings each day to practice and competition is unmatched. Brinley continues to push herself and her teammates to become better players.
Mekenna VanKoevering — Hometown: Zeeland, Michigan (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS); Major: Nursing
Mekenna’s hard work is something to admire. Taking a unique path to the Hope women’s soccer team, she has made the most of every opportunity. Mekenna has risen to a position of leadership and is someone you can count on to show up everyday and put the work in, and make her team better.
Audrey White — Hometown: Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS); Majors: Exercise Science and Nursing
Audrey has been a servant leader from day one. She has gained the respect of her teammates by working hard at every aspect of her life. She has not only made herself into a great student and player but a fantastic teammate and leader.