Forwards Erin Jipping and Raisa Yewah headline a group of five Hope women’s soccer players to receive All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Honors.
Jipping, a junior from Holland (West Ottawa HS), and Yewah, a senior from East Lansing (Okemos HS), both are First Team All-MIAA selections.
Three more members of the Flying Dutch earned All-MIAA Second Team distinction — junior midfielder Lindsey Bieri of Holland (Holland Christian HS), junior goalie Kat Dickson of Grasylake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS) and junior forward Nora Kirk of Maumee, Ohio (Notre Dame Academy).
Jipping and Yewah shared the team lead with 20 points. Jipping recorded five goals and team-high 10 assists, while Yewah topped Hope with 10 goals.
“Erin’s a tough one. Everyone knows about her speed, and teams try to shut her down,” Hope coach Leigh Sears said. “She was still first in assists. She didn’t score as much as she did last year, but she found other ways to be dangerous.
“Raisa was first with game-winning goals. She had some very big games for us. I think she had a fantastic senior year.”
Kirk came in third for the Flying Dutch with six goals and 16 points.
“She’s amazingly dangerous,” Sears said of Kirk. “She’s so tall, but she’s deceptively fast. She was always in the right spot.”
Bieri collected three goals and five assists. She tied for fourth on the team with 11 points.
“She had another solid year. She played almost every minute for us,” Sears said of Bieri. “She was a workhorse for us in the middle.”
Dickson allowed less than one goal per game. She allowed 12 goals in 1,595 minutes of play for a 0.68 goals against average.
“She led our conference in goals against average,” Sears said of Dickson. “She’s been working real hard to earn the opportunity to play. She finally got it and had a fantastic year.”