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February 26, 2014

LCN girls soccer player, Janssen, receives scholarship to play in the NCAA

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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LCN girls soccer player, Janssen, receives scholarship to play in the NCAA
L’Anse Creuse North soccer player Carson Janssen was offered a scholarship to play at Ashland University.

L’Anse Creuse North girls soccer player Carson Janssen has received an opportunity she said has “been a dream” of hers since she was a child, as she received a scholarship to play at Ashland University, which is located in Ohio and competes at the NCAA Division II level.

Aside from receiving an All-State team honorable mention, Janssen’s accomplishments at LCN include being selected as an All-MAC White, All-District, All-Academic and third-team All-County player. She is slated to begin playing for Ashland in the fall.

“Soccer’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Janssen, a four-year varsity player at North. “It’s what I love to do, and I’m super excited about being able to play at the next level. I’m really excited I get to continue this opportunity.”

Along with support she has received from her parents, grandparents, teammates, friends and coaches, Janssen also cited personal drive, determination, extra training and commitment as keys to earning an NCAA scholarship.

The experience Janssen has had as a team captain at LCN could turn out to be valuable at the next level, and she indicated that her future coach at Ashland encouraged her to take on a leadership role in her freshman season with the Eagles.

Leading by example is one way can Janssen can do just that, and that characteristic, along with others, is something that can benefit her off of the soccer field, as well.

“I think it made me who I am, in a way,” Janssen said of lessons learned through athletics. “With the drive, setting a goal for yourself and getting there. I think it also made me a better leader. I’ve had the experience with the captain thing, and with other leadership opportunities through student council, too. It’s taught me how to work with others, and being there for people.”

Aside from the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level, Janssen will also get to do something else she has wanted to do for a long time — enroll in a college nursing program.

“I get to do both,” she said. “I’m so grateful for that. I’m super excited. I can’t wait to go to college. Excited to move on and look to the next step of my life.”

Other LCN soccer players who are slated to play at the college level are Tori Koontz (Schoolcraft College) and Kayla Cardeccia (Siena Heights University).

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.