By Seth Vanderwest
NORTON SHORES–West Michigan Christian goaltender Libby Mast has signed her National Letter of Intent to pursue her football career at Calvin University.
Mast, a four-year college player and two-year captain, is nearing the end of her senior season with the Warriors. She helped lead the Warriors to an unbeaten record in the Lakes 8 and a 6-6-4 overall record.
Mast has an 89% save percentage and allows less than one goal per game.
She had a rather unusual path to college sports, dropping out of football for a time, but returning her freshman year to fill in for an injured senior.
“Libby has been a huge blessing to our program,” said WMC football coach Debbie Pekel. “She was brought in to play her first year after a season-ending injury to the then-senior keeper. From there, she fell in love with the sport again. She has spent the last 2 1/2 years is working towards his dream of playing college football at Calvin University and it’s amazing to see that dream starting to come true.
Pekel not only praises Mast’s skills as a goalkeeper, but also her leadership abilities and character.
“She was a great leader, not only in the net, but [also] as a captain and student who exemplifies WMC’s mission,” Pekel said. “She is a great personality and really cares about her teammates around her. Not only will we miss her presence in goal, but also her presence in our program.”
Calvin is a Division III university in Grand Rapids. The women’s soccer team compiled a 13-4-1 record last fall. Mast will arrive as one of several candidates to replace senior graduate Sarah Hoekwater in goal.
Mast is a tri-sport athlete at WMC, playing on the volleyball and basketball teams in addition to soccer.
She has a GPA of 3.8 and plans to study business at Calvin.
Libby is the daughter of Jeff and Sandra Mast.