Saints know they are getting a good one in Young

J. Patrick Eaken

Siena Heights University women’s soccer coach Scott Oliver knew he had a good one when he signed Genoa senior Marissa Young.
        “First and foremost I think she is a great student and great kid,” Oliver said. “We obviously recognize her potential and her ability. She scores a lot of goals and had a lot of assists, and those types of playmakers are really hard to find. Those are probably the three attributes that we really like about her the most.”
        Young scored 20 goals and had 14 assists last fall on her way to becoming Northern Buckeye Conference and Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Co-Player of the Year. She was first team all-conference and second team All-Ohio.
        The team MVP, she led the Comets to a 10-6-1 season and then got to play in the district senior all-star game.
        “Marissa was an outstanding player for her entire high school career and one of the most talented and hard working players I have ever coached,” Genoa coach Josiah Hanson told The Press. “Her unselfishness and vision on the field were key to our team’s success and speaks volumes about her as a person.
        “She could easily have had more goals this season but being a great passer was what was best for the team at times. She is a very smart kid and a great role model for the other girls on and off the field. I’m very proud of the season and career Marissa produced.”
        She credits her Genoa coaches, various club coaches, Oliver, and her parents and grandparents for their support as she grew up playing the game of soccer.
        She also has ties to Siena Heights, an NAIA school located in Adrian, Michigan on the eastern edge of the famed Irish Hills region.
        “I kind of grew up around that area because my grandparent’s cottage is near there, so it kind of felt like home when I first visited and it had really nice facilities and a great soccer program,” Young said.
        The Siena Heights women's soccer team finished their 2017 season with an overall record of 12-7-2 while going 6-2-2 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.  The Saints finished the season with a total of 49 goals, averaging 2.33 goals per game. SHU also completed their season with the WHAC Tournament Championship title.


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