Two More Recruits Join Bulldog Soccer

Women's Soccer Recuits Logan DeClercq (left) and Merideth Wetterholt (right)
Women's Soccer Recuits Logan DeClercq (left) and Merideth Wetterholt (right)

The Ferris State University women's soccer program has added two more student-athlete names to its 2009 roster following the announcement of Logan DeClercq (Lowell) and Merideth Wetterholt (Brighton) to attend FSU and play for the Bulldogs in the fall of 2009.

DeClercq will arrive to Ferris State as a defender and Wetterholt is slated to compete as a midfielder. The two will compete for Ferris State women's soccer head coach Neathan Gibson.

DeClercq is currently midst her senior season at Lowell (Mich.) High School and will become a four-year varsity letterwinner following her final prep campaign this spring. The 5-4 defender achieved honorable mention all-conference and all-district honors as a junior in 2008 while serving as a team captain for head coach Paul Legge's squad. In her 2007 sophomore year, DeClercq claimed both all-league honorable mention and all-district accolades along with earning Most Valuable Player kudos at the Coaches For Cancer Game. The Red Arrows were crowned district champions during her freshman campaign in 2006.

Besides soccer, DeClercq has also earned varsity letters in basketball (two) and cross country (one). She's a member of the school's varsity club (2007-09) and international club (2009). DeClercq has also been active in club soccer, competing the previous two years (2007 and 2008) for the two-time (2007-08) NSR Gold Cup Champion West Michigan Fire.

The daughter of Tom and Cheri DeClercq of Lowell, Mich., Logan plans to study optometry at Ferris State.

"Logan's athleticism is going to make us more dangerous in the backfield," said Gibson, who starts his fourth year at Ferris State this upcoming fall. "Logan adds to the strength of our team and will give us more options with her pace and tactical awareness going forward."

Wetterholt is presently competing in her third season as a varsity team member of Brighton's (Mich.) girls soccer team under head coach Deepak Shivramen. Wetterholt, a 5-3 midfielder, registered 32 points with nine goals and 14 assists during her junior year as BSH finished with a 19-2-4 overall record while claiming a district championship title.

Wetterholt has participated on the Bulldogs' snowboarding team (2006 and 2007) in addition to competing in soccer as a prepster. She has been a member of the Livonia (Mich.) Meteors in the club soccer ranks from 2005 thru 2009.

Merideth is the daughter of Robert and Laurie Wetterholt of Brighton, Mich.

"Merideth comes to Ferris State as a midfielder which will provide more depth in giving us many tactical choices," said Gibson.

The current 2009 recruiting class for Ferris State women's soccer now features eight individuals following DeClercq and Wetterholt joining the program. Defenders Madison "Maddy" Kitchen (Sterling Heights/Stevenson) and Katie Syring (Bay City/John Glenn) along with forwards Lauren Fortuna (Macomb/Sterling Heights Henry Ford II), Brianne Staley (Columbus, Ind./East), and Courtney Meharg (Clarkston) comprise the group of newcomers as does goaltkeeper Kara Stephens (St. Johns).

Ferris State produced a 9-9-1 overall mark for the 2008 season as the Bulldogs turned in a fourth-place tying 8-7-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) mark. In the process, FSU made its second consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance and advanced to the conference tourney's semifinal match round.