By Seth Vanderwest
Mast, a four-year varsity player and two-year captain, is nearing the end of her senior season with the Warriors. She has helped lead the Warriors to an undefeated record in the Lakes 8 and a 6-6-4 overall record.
Mast has an 89 percent save percentage and allows up less than a goal per game.
She has had a rather unusual path to collegiate sports, giving up soccer for a while, but returning her freshman year to replace an injured senior.
“Libby has been a huge blessing to our program,” said WMC soccer coach Debbie Pekel. “She got tricked into playing her freshman year after a season-ending injury for the senior goalkeeper at the time. From there, she fell back in love with the sport. She’s spent the last 2 1/2 years working towards her dream to play college soccer at Calvin University and it’s amazing to see that dream begin to unfold.”
Pekel praises not only Mast’s skill as a goalkeeper, but also her leadership abilities and character.
“She has been a great leader, not only in the net, but [also] as a captain and student that exemplifies WMC’s mission,” Pekel said. “She is a big personality and genuinely cares for her teammates around her. We will miss not only 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 tallied a 13-4-1 record last fall. Mast will arrive as one of several candidates to replace graduating senior Sarah Hoekwater in goal.
Mast is a three-sport athlete at WMC, playing on the volleyball and basketball teams in addition to soccer.
She has a 3.8 GPA and plans to study business at Calvin.
Libby is the daughter of Jeff and Sandra Mast.