Michigan Tech inks three women's soccer recruits

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HOUGHTON, Mi. The Michigan Tech soccer program and Head Coach Michelle Jacob are pleased to announce the addition of three student-athletes for the 2019 season. Neve Badalow (Davisburg, Mich.), Cassie Bonifas (Livonia, Mich.), and Gracie VanLangevelde (Spring Lake, Mich.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Tech during the beginning of the NCAA signing period.

Neve Badalow D/M Davisburg, Mich./Marian HS
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Badalow, a defender/midfielder at Marian High School, has earned numerous honors for her work on the field and in the classroom. Badalow was named Third Team All-State in 2018 and was an All-League player in both the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. She helped guide her team to back-to-back Division 2 State Championships in 2017 and then in again in 2018. Badalow is a member of National Honors Society and plans to major in Biology at Michigan Tech.

"I'm super excited to be a part of the Michigan Tech women's soccer program and can't wait for next season," Badalow said. "Go Huskies!"

Quote from Coach Jacob: "Neve has great skill and vision, tough tackling, is able to play either inside or outside, and is a versatile playmaker whatever her starting position is. A great club and high school career sets Neve up to be successful as a Husky. Neve's ability to get forward and make plays from both wide and central positions offers us strength in areas where we have specific needs. We look forward to Neve's contributions to the program."

Cassie Bonifas CB/DM Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney Community HS
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Bonifas, a defender at Pinckney Community High School picked up multiple honors for her efforts on the field and the classroom during her high school career. Bonifas scored six goals and dished out six assists in 2018 after posting five goals and six assists during the 2017 campaign. Bonifas has been a three-year varsity captain, Defensive Player of the Year (2016-18), KLAA Honorable Mention (2016-17), Southeastern Conference All-League (2018), All-District (2018), and First Team All-Livingston County (2018). Bonifas helped guide her team to a 13-5-1 record in 2018. She is a member of National Honors Society and plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Tech.

"I'm so thankful that I got the opportunity to sign with the Huskies and continue playing a sport that I love," Bonifas said. "I'm also excited for the experiences that await me at MTU."

Quote from Coach Jacob: "Cassie is a calm presence in the center of a team's defense, which does not tell you, at all, how hard she battles for everything. She is competitive, with a great work ethic and is very difficult to beat. She works well with others to shut down other team's attacking players and is excellent at playing out of the back. We look to Cassie to integrate with our existing defenders and continue our history as one of the strongest defenses in the GLIAC. I believe she brings the mentality and physical tools to do just that. We can't wait for Cassie to join the Huskies."

Gracie VanLangevelde GK Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake HS
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VanLangevelde competed at Spring Lake High School and then joined the US Soccer Development Academy where she competes for the Midwest United U18/19 DA team. VanLangevelde was an All-Conference player her freshman year of high school and helped lead the team to conference and district championships as a freshman and sophomore. With the Midwest United Team, she helped guide the club to a second place finish at the US Youth Soccer National Championships (2017) and a third place finish in the Mid-America Central Division (2017-18). Her team is currently in first place in the Mid-America Division.

"I'm very excited to become a Husky today," VanLangevelde said. "I have been looking forward to this moment since I was little. I am thankful to be a part of this soccer community."

Quote from Coach Jacob: "Gracie brings extensive training and playing experience at the club and high school level. She thrives in a competitive environment, has great hands and range along with good movement and foot skills to go with her size and athleticism. Gracie's academic profile and competitive background make her a great fit for the Huskies. Her addition to the goalkeeping corps will make our entire team stronger."

The Huskies wrapped up the 2018 season with an overall record of 10-6-1 and finished fourth in the GLIAC standings thanks to a conference mark of 5-4. Tech has now qualified for the post season for seven straight years and recorded double digit win totals for the fifth time in the nine-year history of the program.