Women’s Soccer Season Kicks Off

Donald Lierman , Writer

The UM-Flint Women’s Soccer Club has begun its 2019 season. Although the team dropped a 4-1 decision, the vice president of the club, Davison native Elizabeth Heavner, feels they are making progress.

“It is amazing what even a year can do,’ said Heavner. “We are now 24 girls strong. This is huge as not even two years ago there were only 12 girls who were rostered.

“Our club continues to grow and evolve. We are reaching more people, including other organizations on campus as well as within the community at large. It is amazing what even a year can do, so I can’t wait to see where this year takes us, and what will become of this for future seasons.” 

Heavner has been playing soccer since the age of three. The sport has become an integral part of her life, whether as a player or as a coach with an AYSO soccer team. Participating in the soccer club has made her experience at UM-Flint more enriching than just coming and going to class.

“I participate with the team specifically because it allows me to meet and form relationships with people who are on the same campus as me,” said Heavner. “Initially, I wasn’t a fan of attending  UM-Flint because it is so close to home and I wanted the away at college experiences.”

As the university is mostly a commuter school, it is nice to have an outlet to meet people who go to the same school as you, as well as staying active, which is very important. Since becoming a member of the women’s soccer club, I have become close with many of my teammates.”

The next home games are Saturday, Oct 5. at 12 p.m. against Hillsdale College and Sunday, Oct 6 at 11 a.m. versus the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Both games are to be held at Genesee Fieldhouse, located at 7383 Grand Pkwy in Grand Blanc.  

For further information, visit the UM-Flint club sports website. Admission is free so come on down and support the club as well as your school.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing what the men’s & women’s soccer teams accomplish this season,” said UM-Flint Club Sports Associate Director Julia Stulock.  “Last year was a rebuilding year for both teams, as they had new coaches and new club officers.  

Between the returning coaches and players, plus the new talent joining this season, I hope they will see lots of success.”