Illinois Athlete Named All-American

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Emily Ottenhoff, a member of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Ill., was named an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division III Soccer All-American.

Ottenhoff, a senior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., was among 11 players chosen from more than 430 colleges in the division. She is the fourth female Calvin student to receive this award since women’s soccer began at Calvin in 1988.

“It’s an honor to be named All-American in Division III soccer,” she said.

Her coach, Mark Recker, said, “I think Emily is probably one of the smartest soccer players I’ve had. She is able to make great tactical decisions on the field. She is one of the best players I’ve had at holding, dribbling, and distributing the ball.”

Ottenhoff finished her soccer career with 32 goals, 13 of which were game-winners. She also had 11 assists. She played all four of her years at Calvin and was an MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) selection each year.

She plans to teach physical education. She says, “I think being a P.E. teacher would fit my personality really well. My high school teachers and coaches were great role models, so I’d like to do the same someday.”

About the Author

Ruth Moblard DeYoung, a former Banner news correspondent and teacher, writes children's books. She is a member of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Ill. 

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