Megan Bigelow and Maria Egloff made their presence felt all over the field for the Hope College women’s soccer team.
The Flying Dutch’s two All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer
First Team honorees for the 2019 season have earned their accolades from the league’s
coaches, head coach Leigh Sears said. They were among four Hope players to claim all-league
Bigelow is a senior midfielder from Flushing, Michigan (Flushing HS). Egloff is a junior midfielder from Kalamazoo, Michigan (Loy Norrix).
“Megan has been a three-year starter and two-year captain. She has been a workhorse for us in the middle and has been an amazing leader,” Sears said. “She is the heart of the team and is our best play-maker in the middle. Her creativity and vision has helped propel our team into second place this year.
“Maria has also been a three-year starter as a defensive center mid. Her work rate is extraordinary and her ability to mark the other teams best midfielder has been a huge asset to our team. Her ability to never give up and give us everything she has day in and day out has been invaluable.”
Bigelow and Egloff received All-MIAA First-Team awards for the first time. They have appearance in all 16 matches so far this season for Hope, including eight in MIAA play.
This season, they helped the Flying Dutch to a second-place record of 5-1-2 in the MIAA and the No. 2 seed for the league tournament.
Hope shut out seven of eight league opponents and only yielded two goals total to MIAA foes.
Bigelow has scored two goals this season. Both came against MIAA opponents. Egloff has recorded one assist.
Two more Hope players claimed All-MIAA Second Team recognition: junior Corinne Cole of St. Paul, Minnesota (Eastview) and freshman Erin Powers of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores).
“Corinne has had to play both forward and defense for us this year,” Sears said. “She settled in the back and her speed has allowed her to mark the best forwards we have faced. She has the ability to not only defend but to join the attach and create problems for the opposing teams.
“Erin is a center back. Her ability to step in and mesh with three other new defenders was tremendous and her communication has continued to improve over the course of the year.”