No. 1 Grand Valley football closes GLIAC season against Davenport

Grand Valley football player evades Ferris State defenders.
No. 1 Grand Valley can secure its first GLIAC championship since 2016 with a win over rivals Davenport on November 13.
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Football team focused on outright GLIAC title

The No. 1 Grand Valley football team looks to close out a perfect regular season in its GLIAC finale with rivals No. 18 Davenport at noon on November 12 at Davenport’s Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex.

The Lakers secured at least a share of the GLIAC championship with its win over Wayne State on November 5. A win Saturday earns them the GLIAC championship outright, their first since 2016, as well as a likely No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the NCAA playoffs.  

“I’m really proud of our team,” said head football coach Matt Mitchell. “It’s been an arduous schedule. We played three teams that are nationally ranked, and we have another coming up.”

Davenport’s hopes for an undefeated season ended last week with a loss to Ferris State. A win over Grand Valley on Saturday gives Davenport a share of the GLIAC championship. 

“There is a lot on the line with Davenport, and a chance to go undefeated in the regular season,” Mitchell said. “I know Grand Valley has a lot of history and tradition, but this could be one of the better undefeated seasons given the strength of schedule that we’ve played.” 

Saturday's game will be livestreamed via FloSports, and is available online or via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast. Lakers fans can register for a subscription at the GLIAC’s home page on FloSports. 

Tune in to 96.9 WLAV-FM for the radio broadcast of the game. Pre-game coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. 

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Women’s soccer begins defense of national titles

Grand Valley’s women’s soccer program earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region as it opens play in the NCAA Division II Tournament, hosting a 1 p.m. game on November 13.

The Lakers (15-2-4) face the winner of the first-round contest between Maryville and Northern Michigan at the Laker Soccer Field. The game will be available for fans on the Grand Valley Digital Media YouTube channel.

“I’m super proud of this team,” said head coach Katie Hultin. “We’re really looking forward to hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament at home.”

The Lakers won their 17th GLIAC regular season title and beat Northern Michigan, 2-1, to claim their 15th GLIAC Tournament championship last weekend. In her first year with the team, Hultin has the Lakers aiming for their eighth national championship in program history.

Hultin and several Lakers also swept conference honors at the end of the regular season. 

Hultin was named the GLIAC’s Coach of the Year while Taylor Reid was selected as the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year, Cate Brown was the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and Kendall Robertson was the GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year.