SL grads lead Olivet Nazarene soccer into national title game

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM

A pair of Spring Lake High School graduates helped the Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team advance to today’s NAIA national championship game.

The Tigers defeated four-time defending national champions Lee College of Tennessee in a shootout on Friday to advance to today’s title game.

Junior defender Rachel Kilbry and sophomore midfielder Katie Smith are both former Lakers who have contributed greatly to Olivet Nazarene’s success this fall. Kilbry scored her team’s lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Texas University of Brownsville in the national quarterfinals.

Today, the 12th-seeded Tigers take on the No. 2 seed, Lindsey Wilson, at 6 p.m. EST. Lindsey Wilson beat Spring Arbor on Friday, 2-1.

“I’m happy for those girls,” said Spring Lake varsity girls soccer coach Jeremy Thelen, who is also an Olivet Nazarene graduate. “Plus, with it being my alma matter, I hope they do well.”


In San Antonio, the Wheaton College women’s soccer team fell just short of returning to the NCAA Division III national championship match, suffering a 2-1 loss to Emory University on Friday night in the NCAA Division III Semifinal at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio.

Wheaton ends the year with a 21-4-2 record while Emory (15-1-7) advances to today’s title game.

Sisters Laura and Rachel Karsten, Western Michigan Christian grads and Grand Haven residents, are members of the Wheaton team.


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