Freshmen athletes lead women's soccer, golf teams to victory

Posted: September 4, 2013

HOWELL – At most schools, having more freshmen athletes than other grades would mean a rebuilding year.

Cleary University athletics is building – on early success.

Madison Smith, a freshman from Ann Arbor, shot a four-over 76 to lead the women’s golf team to its first victory of the 2013 season. The Cleary team won the Jackson Community College Tri Match at The Grande Golf Club in Grand Rapids Aug. 30.

Junior Jackie Yu (Chicago) and freshmen Morgan Storer (Lennon) and Alex Fischer (South Lyon) rounded out Cleary’s combined score of 331. Yu shot a 79 while Storer and Fischer shot 86 and 90 respectively. The course is a par 72.

Freshman forward Shelby Marsh of Flint scored a hat trick in the first half as the Cleary University women’s soccer team won its first game in program history, defeating Grace Bible 5-1, Sept. 3.

Marsh scored Cleary’s first goal of the season with nine minutes gone in the first half off of an assist by Taylor Richardson (Jamestown, Ohio).

Freshman Page McDonald (Lapeer) scored the go-ahead goal seven minutes later on a corner kick from Marsh to make it 2-1.

Marsh added her second goal on a breakaway pass from McDonald and her third goal near the end of the first half.

Cleary University reintroduced its collegiate athletic program in 2011 when it formed teams for men’s and women’s golf and cross country. Golf and cross country competed in 2012. Men’s and women’s soccer teams are scheduled to compete in 2013. Cleary is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Cleary University ( is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers; to operate as a role model of responsible business practice; to embrace quality management principles, innovation, and an attentive customer focus; and to aspire to a better future.

Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.