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College Showcase: Karsten sisters to play in NCAA national semifinals on Friday

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Grand Haven natives Laura and Rachel Karsten have reached the national semifinals in the NCAA Division 3 women’s soccer tournament with Wheaton (Ill.) College.

The Thunder defeated powerhouse Washington-St. Louis on Nov. 17 in the quarterfinals, 3-1, to advance to Friday’s semifinal matchup against Emory (Ga.) University. The match will be played at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

Wheaton coach Pete Felske credited his defense for the victory over Washington-St. Louis, including Laura Karsten, a Western Michigan Christian graduate.

“Our defense really stepped up big for us,” Felske said. “Alexa Sharkey and Laura Karsten were solid and Amanda Brait did a great job keeping everyone together in the back.”

Rachel Karsten, a freshman who is also a WMC grad, is a reserve midfielder/defender for the Thunder.

Wheaton improves to 21-3-2. The Thunder will be making the program’s seventh trip to the national semifinals.

Grand Haven graduate Becca Addison turned in a career-best finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ken.

Addison, a senior, completed the course at Tom Sawyer State Park in 20 minutes, 26.3 seconds, which placed her 56th overall.

As a team, the Wolverines placed fifth, which was the program’s best standing since a third-place showing in 2006. It was U-M’s fifth top-10 finish at nationals in the past 10 seasons.  

Oregon was crowned national champions after totaling 114 points, compared to 247 from the Wolverines.

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