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2014 Hope College Preseason Outlook For Men's, Women's Soccer

by WHTC News

MEN'S PREVIEW

The nationally ranked Hope College men's soccer team is poised in 2014 to continue an extended streak of success that includes 15 consecutive winning seasons.

Coach Steven Smiths 2014 roster of 29 players features eight seniors, eight juniors, five sophomores and eight freshmen.

No. 21-ranked Hope kicks off the season on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30, when the Flying Dutchmen host the 13thCal Bergsma Memorial Invitational. Hope plays North Central (Illinois) on Friday and eighth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.

Senior co-captains are midfielder Cameron Dice of Allendale, Michigan (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), midfielder Connor Kogge of Holt, Michigan (Mason HS) and back Logan Sikkenga of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS).

Hope was picked second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association preseason coaches poll.

The Flying Dutchmen are coming off a 2013 season in which they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament and posted a 17-5-2 record. Hope qualified for postseason play by winning the MIAA Tournament after finishing second in the regular-season standings.

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WOMEN'S PREVIEW

The Hope College women's soccer team is aiming this season to improve on their second-best season in school history.

Coach Leigh Sears 2014 roster of 28 players features nine seniors, two juniors, nine sophomores and eight freshmen.

Hope kicks off the season on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30, with two nonleague matches away from home. The Flying Dutch will play at seventh-ranked Wheaton (Illinois) on Friday, then Carthage (Wisconsin) on Saturday at Wheaton.

Four seniors will captain Hope this season: senior forward Lindsey Bieri of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS), midfielder Erin Jipping of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS), forward Nora Kirk of Maumee, Ohio (Notre Dame Academy), and defender Courtney Schmidt of Lowell, Michigan (Lowell HS).

The Flying Dutch were picked second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association preseason coaches poll.

Hope is coming off a 2013 season in which the Flying Dutch posted a 16-4-1 record that was the second-highest, single-season win total in team history. The Flying Dutch finished third in the regular-season MIAA standings and qualified for the league tournament.

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