GH soccer standouts sign on the dotted line

Four seniors who helped guide Grand Haven's varsity soccer team to its best season ever signed national letters of intent to play college soccer on Wednesday.
Matt DeYoung
Feb 2, 2012


Jake Vanderlaan and Nate Rose — longtime teammates at both Grand Haven and with the Grand Rapids Crew — will continue to play side-by-side as they pledged their services to Oakland University.

Goalie Ethan Beswick will play at Hope College, while defender Matt Davis joins another MIAA program, Adrian.

Vanderlaan was an all-state Dream Team selection this past fall, meaning he was considered one of the top few players in the state of Michigan, regardless of position or class.

Beswick was also a first-team all-state selection while Rose was voted second-team all-state.

Grand Haven reached the Division 1 state finals this fall for the first time in program history, coming up just short in a 1-0 loss to Canton.

Wednesday was the first day high school players could officially sign their letters of intent with college programs.



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