Isaac Braak made an immediate impact on the Hope College men’s soccer team this season after sitting out a year ago because of injury.
The sophomore midfielder from Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS) became an elite
player for the Flying Dutchmen and in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
He was named an All-MIAA First Team honoree by the league’s coaches.
Braak is joined by three teammates who claimed All-MIAA Second Team distinction: junior defender Sam Allbritten of Warsaw, Indiana (Warsaw), junior forward Christian Dault of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven), and junior defender James Reymann of Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne).
Head coach Steven Smith said Braak has virtually changed the atmosphere of our training each day because he gives all of his being to every training session.
“He has impacted our success through his strong work ethic and incredible technical ability,” Smith said. “He disrupts the defense of the other teams through his ability to dribble and break down defensive shape. He is a man of great character and deserves this first-team honor.”
Braak helped the Flying Dutchmen return to the MIAA Tournament season after missing in 2016 and claim the third seed. He had one goal in MIAA play.
Allbritten has anchored our defense this year and was sorely missed when he was injured at Carthage, Smith said.
“His return to our squad has allowed us to be successful in the back portion of the field,” Smith said. “He leads well with a voice of guidance to the rest of the team. He too has an incredible work ethic and is deserving of this honor this year.”
Dault has been the Flying Dutchmen’s leading scorer this season.
“He has strong finishing ability, and creative and strong play,” Smith said. “He has the ability to help us win big games when he gets the ball in the front third.”
Reymann is Hope’s left-footed restart specialist as a left back, Smith said.
“He has multiple assist points for our team due to his corner kick ability and his longer distance restart,” Smith said. “His most memorable goal was the left foot deep restart to give us the tie versus Calvin College at home. He has been very strong for our team and allowed us to score on restarts like never before. In spite of constant injury this year, he has pushed through the pain and only missed one match.”