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Grand Valley State wins fifth title since 2009

2015 Division II Women’s Soccer

Grand Valley State midfielder Marti Corby hooks a shot around Columbus State defenders and scores in the championship game. JASON PARKHURST / NCAA PHOTOS

The Results

CHAMPIONSHIP

Grand Valley State 2, Columbus State 0

SEMIFINALS

Grand Valley State 3, Western Washington 2

Columbus State 3, Bridgeport 1

ELITE 90 HONOREE

Nicole Corcione, Columbus State

Even amid Grand Valley State University’s recent success – winning four NCAA Division II national titles since 2009 – coach Jeff Hosler treats every season as its own journey. The approach paid off again in 2015 when Grand Valley State defeated Columbus State University, 2-0, in the final of the Division II tournament Dec. 5, in Pensacola, Florida.

The victory gave the Lakers their third consecutive NCAA title and marked the fifth time in seven years they’ve ruled Division II women’s soccer.

Hosler liked the attitude that his team took from the time practice started in August.

“Our mindset was that we had a blank slate,” said Hosler, whose team finished 23-1-1 in 2015. “We hadn’t earned anything yet.”