HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Tech soccer team and Head Coach Michelle Jacob are pleased to announce the addition of four student-athletes for the 2020 season. Molly Bolang (Pinckney, Mich.), Reagan Olli (Gaylord, Mich.), Vayda Voss (Gaylord, Mich.), and Hadley Wells (Saginaw, Mich.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Michigan Tech during the beginning of the NCAA signing period.
Molly Bolang • D • Pinckney, Mich/Pinckney Community HS
Bolang comes to Michigan Tech after playing for the Pinckney Community High School, where she posted six goals and five assists for the Pirates. Bolang was named All-Conference as a freshman and a sophomore, and she helped the Pirates make the District finals in her sophomore season, the furthest Pinckney Community High School went in the playoffs in school history. A member of the National Honor Society, Bolang will major in Engineering.
"I chose Michigan Tech because not only did I love Houghton, but it allowed me to pursue my soccer career while providing an elite education," said Bolang.
Quote from Coach Jacob: "Molly is a very intelligent player with a high soccer IQ. She typically fills a defensive role where she has tremendous mobility that she uses to cover for her teammates as needed. She is often the first to any loose ball, and uses her short –range passing to maintain possession of the ball in the build-up phase. She's not afraid of physical play and is strong in the tackle. She has a tremendous work ethic and plays with a smile on her face."
Reagan Olli • GK • Gaylord, Mich./Gaylord HS
Olli has been the starting goalkeeper for Gaylord High School for the past three seasons, making 48 starts for the Blue Devils and totaling 19 clean sheets and a 1.479 goals against average. Olli was named All-District and All-Conference Second Team in 2018, and was named to the Petoskey News Review Dream Team that same year. President of the Gaylord High School National Honor Society, Olli aims to major in Pre Health Professions/Biological Sciences while attending Michigan Tech.
"The coaches and athletes at Michigan Tech have very positive attitudes and a really special team atmosphere that I am very excited to be a part of," said Olli.
Quote from Coach Jacob: "Reagan brings great goalkeeper tools to join a strong goalkeeper group here at Michigan Tech. She's athletic, quick, has great hands and depth perception, and has the courage to apply all those tools to in-game situations. She has shown herself to be a positive, hard-working competitor throughout her playing career and as a Husky, we expect to see her raise her play even further."
Vayda Voss • F • Gaylord, Mich./Gaylord HS
Voss has earned numerous academic and athletic honors while playing as a forward for the Blue Devils of Gaylord High School. Voss has totaled 14 goals and 12 assists throughout her high school career, and was named All-Conference Honorable Mention as a junior. Voss is a member of the National Honors Society, and plans to major in Engineering Management.
"I chose Michigan Tech because I strongly feel that it is the best academic and athletic fit for me," Voss said.
Quote from Coach Jacob: "Vayda can operate anywhere across the midfield and forward lines. She is quick and skilled at getting behind defenses, holds the ball well, and has a nice range of passes to play in her teammates. She has a great work ethic and her pace will help make her a top competitor as a Husky."
Hadley Wells • CM • Saginaw, Mich./Michigan Alliance FC
Wells has played as a center midfielder for Michigan Alliance FC in the Midwest Regional League Premier 2 division. As a starting center midfielder for Michigan Alliance FC, Wells played in two State Cup semifinals as a freshman and sophomore, and made a State Cup quarterfinal appearance as a senior. Wells plans to major in Math/Computer Science.
"Michigan Tech offers everything I want in a school," Wells says. "I look forward to my years studying and playing soccer at Tech!"
Quote from Coach Jacob: "Hadley is a CM who has all the tools to play anywhere on the field. She has the skill, speed and vision, along with a great passing range. Coupled with tremendous persistence, physical presence, and a never-say-die attitude, Hadley will be a strong addition to our program."
The Huskies concluded the 2019 season with an overall record of 5-10-1 and a ninth-place finish in the GLIAC standings with a mark of 2-7. In the classroom, Tech was a proud recipient of a second consecutive United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for possessing a minimum grade point average of 3.42.