MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University soccer coach Matt Granstrand signed six future NMU student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats in 2013. The class consists of goalkeepers Caroline Glantz and Siri Skogland, forward Paula Hafner, midfielder Wynona Maravilla, forward/midfielder Carmen Villarruel and defender Natalie Yeck. This year’s class hails from Sweden (2), Wisconsin (2), Michigan (1) and Norway (1).
“We are excited to announce the addition of six quality student-athletes to our team,” Granstrand said. “It was imperative that we brought in a class that could mesh with the current group of wonderful young ladies and help us represent NMU and Marquette with class and dignity. I feel that we have done this as this group stands out in academics, leadership, as well as on the playing field. Most importantly, the group stands out as the type of people you would want to have as your teammates.”
Caroline Glantz is a 5-11 goalkeeper from Oxie Malmo, Sweden. She played high school soccer at Malmo Borgarskola and was coached by Lena Videkull. Glantz’s club team is the Limhamn Bunkeflo 2007 (LB07) and is coached by Kenneth Folkesson. In 2012, Limhamn Bunkeflo was Malmo Champions, district champions and joined the new division Damettan (Division 1), the second highest league in Sweden. In 2010, Glantz won the top student award at her high school. She is the daughter of Anette and Patric Glantz and will be joining fellow high school and club teammate Paula Hafner at NMU.
Paula Hafner is a 5-6 forward from Malmo, Sweden. She also played high school soccer at Malmo Borgarskola, under Videkull, and club with Limhamn Bunkeflo 2007 (LB07). Hafner has scored 26 goals with the senior club team (+33 in indoor cups), helping her club team finish in sixth place in Division 1. Hafner was the winner of a short story contest in 2011 and was also selected to the European Youth Parliament at age 17. She is the daughter of Carin and Marin Hafner.
Wynona Maravilla is a 5-0 midfielder from Sturgeon Bay, Wis. She played soccer at Sturgeon Bay High School and was coached by Paul Lutze. Maravilla played club for Allouez Stride coached by Mel Buckmaster. In high school, Maravilla was a team captain, a three-time first team all-conference selection and three-time Green Bay Press-Gazette honorable mention. The Stride has competed in the Midwest Regional League the last three years and is a three-time Premier league state champions. Maravilla is the daughter of Eric and Kelley. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Siri Skogland is a 5-8 goalkeeper from Haugesund, Norway. She played high school soccer at Haugesund Toppidrettsgymnas and was coached by previous NMU soccer coach Carl Gregor. Gregor was also her goalkeeper trainer for many years. Skogland played club soccer with Hauger SK and was coached by Leif Sovereid. Hauger SK was county champions five years in a row. Skogland began school at NMU this semester. She is the daughter of Ann Jorunn and Lars Walter Skogland.
Carmen Villarruel is a 5-4 forward/outside midfielder from De Pere, Wis. She played soccer at De Pere High School under Andy Stegar and club with the Allouez Stride, coached by Mel Buckmaster. In high school, Villarruel was a first team all-Green Bay area and first team all-conference selection. She scored 21 goals and added seven assists last season. The Stride has competed in the Midwest Regional League the last three years and is a three-time Premier league state champions. Villarruel is an honor student and will be joining club teammate Wynona Maravilla at Northern. She is the daughter of Ben and Clare Villarruel.
Natalie Yeck is a 5-7 defender from Muskegon, Mich. She played soccer at Reeths-Puffer High School under Jeremy Tjapkes. Yeck played club for the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors coached by Jeff Brown. In high school she was team captain, team MVP, honorable mention all-state, first team all-region, all-area dream team, all-area, all-conference and all-district. Yeck was the captain on her club team, vice president of her class and a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Jack and Laura Yeck.
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