FSU Women’s Soccer Program Receives Commitment From Mount Pleasant Prep Product
Third-year Ferris State University women's soccer head coach Melissa Lalonde has announced the addition of prepster Kari Alsager (Mount Pleasant), who plans to attend and compete in women's soccer at FSU beginning with the 2006-07 academic year.

The 5-5 Alsager posted a 12-7-1 overall mark as a goalkeeper for Mount Pleasant High School during her junior campaign in 2005. Alsager, who’s also seen action as both a midfielder and defender on the prep level, currently is preparing for her final season of high school soccer this spring.

“I’ve watched Kari develop significantly over the past couple of years as a goalkeeper,” said Lalonde. “She’s truly a student of the game in every aspect and I admire her work rate along with her attention to detail. With her drive and focus, she’s been able to progress and build a solid foundation of technical skills.

“She also has a competitive mentality and remarkable character, which will allow her to quickly earn the respect of our other players,” she added.

Kari Alsager Alsager tallied a school-record nine shutouts while recording a 1.4 goals against average in net last season for the Oilers. The two-year (2005-06) team captain also picked up Mid-Michigan Conference recognition a year ago. She currently holds school records for career shutouts (16), victories (25) and saves (215) as a goalkeeper entering her final season.

In 2004, Alsager compiled a 13-5-1 overall record, registered seven shutouts and held a 1.1 goals against average for Mount Pleasant on the varsity level. She recorded a 9-2-2 ledger and shutout the opposition eight times in junior varsity action as a freshman (2003). Alsager also netted one goal and two assists on the field in 2005.

During her prep career, Alsager has twice (2004 & 2005) been named to the Traverse City Spring Cup All-Tournament Team. She was the school’s junior varsity Most Valuable Player Award recipient in 2003 and picked up Mount Pleasant’s team tournament MVP kudos last campaign.

Besides soccer, Alsager has also earned four varsity letters (2002-05) as a member of Mount Pleasant’s swimming and diving team. She served as the squad’s co-captain in 2005. In addition, she’s been active in the National Honor Society and Student Sportsmanship Committee at MPHS. Alsager was also named a National Merit Finalist and a Scholar-Athlete Award winner on the prep level.

The daughter of David and Mary Alsager, Kari plans to major in applied biology at Ferris State. Her mother competed in gymnastics and diving at Iowa State University while in college. Alsager joins twin sisters Kirstin and Kacie Lumley (Traverse City/Central), Stephanie Salow (Saginaw/Heritage) along with Allyson Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) as current members of FSU’s recruiting class.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the 2005 campaign with an 11-7 overall record and a fourth place 5-3 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). FSU's 11 victories during the 2005 season tied for the program's most wins in school history. Ferris won 10 of its final 14 outings in 2005.