Amongst The Streak article highlights a current member of the Men’s Soccer Team and
Alex Stoddard vs Barclay 2010
are posted throughout the year. This addition is Tiger’s Forward Alex Stoddard. Alex will be entering his third year as a member of the soccer team. Over his two years, the first being the 2010 season and the second the 2012 season, he has scored 17 goals and added 4 assist. During the 2012 season Alex unfortunately had to miss a few games. Recently we spent time with Alex as he answered some questions. Alex stated that his favorite moment playing for Grace was the Ohio Christian game in 2010, coming in as underdogs and getting a hard fought win. When asked about missing the 2011 season Alex said that it takes a while to get back into the groove with playing and the chemistry with a lot of new players on the team. He was also asked about the team being a family and what it means, which Alex replied “It means we are in it together. That no matter what we will always give support to one another. It’s a bond.” Alex was asked about his knack for scoring exciting and wild goals and what enables him to do so. “I just do my best to be in a position to have a chance. What happens after that I am not always sure, but I hope it ends with the ball in the back of the net”, Alex answered. Lastly Alex was asked to tell us what he looks forward to in the upcoming 2013 season and what he is excited about, Alex said “I’m excited about getting out there and playing. Last season I had to miss some games. This year will be better in that regard so I am looking forward to it. To have guys like Josh and Ryan back for an additional year will be fantastic. We also have an awesome group of new guys coming in and I am excited to build that chemistry with them each day in training and off the field.”
Coach Buchanan and the Men’s Soccer Team continued to add to their roster by signing Brandon Moore from Sand Lake, Michigan. Brandon the son of Dennis and Becky Moore played from Tri-County High School and plays club soccer for CASSA Tri-Hawks. Along with soccer Brandon also ran cross country for a year. He is an Honor Roll Student with perfect attendance. He is also in Band and plays the trumpet where they have earned all Ones at District and State. Brandon attends The Springs Church and is has been a student leader in his youth group for the last two years. He helps with media Sunday mornings as well as works with Alpha Women’s Center twice a year. Brandon enjoys hunting, fishing and being active. “Brandon is a player that will work hard and always give maximum effort. Brandon has a great attitude and is always looking to become a more complete player and loves the idea of a challenge. I’ve seen him in training and he always pushes on and goes hard which will serve this team well. I love his enthusiasm and eagerness to be a part of the team here,” commented Coach Buchanan. Brandon state “I am so excited to be attending Grace Bible College in the fall. I am especially excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the men’s soccer program. I look forward to getting to know the guys, bettering my ability and skill, and of course strengthening my relationship with God. A big influence in the past couple years has been a close friend of mine Austin Olson who will be playing at Grace. He’s the reason I started playing soccer. He is the person who pushes me to be the best. Without him I may not even be playing soccer. I owe a lot to him.”
The Tri-Unity Christian midfielder Evan Przybysz will be putting on the number 12 shirt for the Tigers this fall. He is the son of Robert and Barbara Przybysz and brother to Jillian. Evan has an extensive soccer background playing his club soccer for Georgetown Rangers. As a captain starting every game and leading the Defenders from his center midfield position, Evan was the teams top scorer with nine goals and added six assists. He also has experience playing as a forward and even as a center defender when called upon to do so. Evan was named to the River Valley All-Conference Team as well as All District Team for soccer and voted the team MVP. Evan also played basketball where he helped Tri-Unity Christian to the State Championship game in this his senior year. He was also named All-Conference in basketball. He not only has excelled in sports, but in the classroom as well carrying a 3.9 GPA and being named to Academic All-Region Team with a 3.92. Evan has been on the Principal’s Academic List throughout his high school career. He is involved in the National Honors Society and Student Council Association. He is a student leader at his church and small group leader at school. “Getting to know Evan during the recruitment process has been a joy. Evan’s ability and willingness to do whatever is ask of him is a testament to his leadership and desire to benefit the team. He has been raised well and succeeds in the classroom and in athletics. He has tremendous athleticism which has enabled him to earn awards in multiple sports. Watching him play on TV in the MHSAA State Finals game was exciting and I was proud knowing he would be playing soccer here. He represented Tri-Unity well and I am very happy to have him do the same as a Tiger”, said Coach Buchanan. The new Tiger stated “I am excited to get working with the coaching staff and with the other athletes here at Grace. I am anxious to get in season and have the fall arrive. My family has been very supportive throughout this whole decision, and I feel like Grace is where God is leading me to be, not only for soccer, but also for the career that I am pursuing.”
Tigers With Wayland AYSO Coach Jason Reed And Team
Coach Buchanan and two of his players, Asumani Iyakaremye and Chris Thompson made the trip to Wayland to give a day training session. The Wayland AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) enjoyed a day learning and having fun. “Most of us started playing soccer in AYSO at early ages. It is nice to be able to come back to help out especially where I went to high school. This is a great group of kids and they were all eager to learn and have fun doing so. It was clear to see they love being out there playing the best game in the world. A special thanks to Chris and Asu who were great with them and the kids really enjoyed learning from them and getting to play against them at the end. I think we enjoyed it just as much as the kids”, said Grace Coach Dustin Buchanan.
The Men’s Soccer Team would like to say congratulations to their Goalkeeper Coach Josh Rumenapp and his wife Aubrey on the birth of their son, Carter Joseph Rumenapp and welcome him to the Tiger family. This is their second child. Congratulations to the entire Rumenapp family!!
The Tiger’s have added Ben Helsen from
Ravenna High School. Ben is the son of Louie and Sally Helsen, and brother of Kaitlin Helsen. The 6’2″ defender was the senior captain starting over twenty games while playing at the back. He has also played football, wrestled and ran cross country. Ben, an Honor Roll student, earned All-District and All-Conference for Ravenna. He has worked with St. Catherine’s Church helping provide meals such as fish fries and turkey dinners. “Ben is an extremely hardworking young man and absolutely loves soccer. His involvement with the soccer program at Ravenna High School shows the dedication he has and will bring here. He is always looking for ways to improve and I am excited to have him here. I know what we are getting with Ben and that is a player who will give his all and is a complete team player”, said Coach Buchanan. Ben stated “I am looking forward to attending GBC and meeting the team as well as new people, stay active in God and continue to play soccer in college while earning my degree. A big part of my decision was my grandparents who are very active in our church and have always encouraged me to be involved with the church community. I am thankful for my parents who have been very supportive with me in my college decision as well as life choices to to help me in becoming who I am today.”
Grace has added defender Jared McFarland from Muskegon, Michigan. Jared is the son
of Craig and Tessa McFarland and the older brother to Megan. Jared spent one year playing Spring Arbor University during his first year of college. In high school at Orchard View Jared twice captained the team while spending all four years on varsity and started every game from his sophomore year on. He earned All-Conference 1st Team, All-District First Team, All-Area 1st Team, and All-Region 2nd Team during high school. “In my heart I wanted to be here and now that is finally happening. I am extremely excited and thankful to be going to Grace in the fall. I am looking forward to getting on campus with the team and creating that family bond on and off the field. There is a great group of guys here and the other incoming players I have met make it even better. I am exited to continue growing in God at Grace as well as investing in new friendships here”, commented Jared when asked about becoming a Tiger. Jared is involved in children’s church and youth group. Coach Buchanan stated “Having Jared here he absolutely adds to the defense and also the attack. He is physically strong and uses all of his 6’1 frame. He is very capable of playing at center back as well as an outside back. He has been involved in soccer for basically all his life which will serve him well from an experience stand point. He is a new player for us but he has a year under his belt and will be able to provide that leadership in the team and to the new first year players as well. I am happy that Jared is here and I know what he brings as a player and person.” Jared will wear number three for the Tigers.
The Men’s Soccer Team have added Tri-County’s Austin Olson. He is the son of Kevin and
Christine Olson and brother to Jordan Olson, Courtney Olson, and Mark Hucklebury. While anchoring the defense, Austin captained Tri-County during his junior and senior years in which he started every game. He has also played six year of club soccer for CASSA. “When Austin made the decision to attend Grace and play here I was delighted. He is a person who works hard in everything he does and is always looking to better himself on and off the field. He has great field vision and awareness. He reads the game well and will be a great addition to our defense which graduated two players this year. We have strengthened our defense by adding him. He can play centrally as well as outside. We have gained a solid player and all around person in Austin”, stated Coach Buchanan. Austin has earned All-Conference Honorable Mention, been named to All-District Teams, and selected as MVP. He is a member of the National Honors Societ as well as Academic Letter, and been named Student of the Month. Austin is involved in the community as a AYSO referee, works with Youth Soccer Camps, American Rred Cross Blood Drives, youth group volunteer and youth ministries volunteer. Austin also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and camping. He credits his Grandfather as the most influential person in his life. “My Grandfather is a great person who kept me active and shared a lot of wisdom with me about life and what to expect. I look forward to furthering my education at Grace, meeting new people, and most importantly improving my relationship with God”, commented Austin. Austin will wear #2 for the Tigers.
Grace have signed the Vilnius, Lithuania born striker and midfielder Vasilij Kuiper from Freedom Christian. “Vasa” is the son of Randy and Linda Kuiper from Hudsonville, Michigan. As a standout at Freedom, Vasa was the 2012 Varsity captain starting every game. He scored 19 goals and added 11 assists. He has earned awards such as All-District, All-Conference, All-Region and All-State Honorable Mention. “Vasa understands the game well and is an intelligent player. He can finish as well as create chances. He has the ability to create that “wow” moment and provide consistency”, commented Grace Coach Dustin Buchanan. Vasa said he is eager to suit up for Grace with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and be a part of the family atmosphere within the team here. He stated “I am very excited to attend Grace Bible College in the fall and use my hard work, talents and abilities that God has blessed me with. I look forward to being a part of this team and bring honor and glory to Him.” Vasa will wear number 16 for the Tigers.
Vasa Kuiper In Black
Wes Pierpont from Riverview, Michigan will be joining his brother and current defender
Dan Pierpont as a Tiger for the 2013 season. Wes is the son of Lois and Ken Pierpont, and brother to Kyle, Holly, Chuk, Heidi, Hannah, Daniel, and Hope. Wes has played soccer, played two years of baseball as well as three years of football while being Home schooled. He is extremely involved in community and church with youth group during the week and weekends. “Wes is a perfect addition here. He has a true heart for the Lord and Christ is his passion. He is a very talented athlete that will suit us well. He will be capable of playing multiple positions for us. We are gaining a great person in Wes”, commented Coach Buchanan. Wes had this to say about joining the Tiger family: “I am more than excited to attend Grace Bible College and deepen my relationship with Jesus Christ and also meet new people who I know will encourage me to do so”.