By Craig Beilfuss
Anhalt, a forward/midfielder, is a 3-year girls varsity soccer player for the Eagles.
“Cate is an outstanding soccer player with many years experience on the Calvary Christian School soccer team and also many years experience in club soccer,” Eagles’ athletic director Rick Maine said. “She has a great awareness of the field, has a powerful kick, and is always a threat to score whether close to the goal or from a distance.
“Cate is a well rounded athlete and has also been one of our top athletes in basketball and in track as well as soccer,” Maine said. “Calvary Christian Schools will miss having her on our teams, but we are excited for her to compete at the next level as she joins the soccer program at Spring Arbor University.”
Spring Arbor, a member of the Crossroads League and a NAIA Division college women’s soccer powerhouse is under the direction of coach Jason Crist, who is entering his 22nd season. Crist guided the Cougars to their second NAIA national championship in three years during the 2017 campaign. The first came in 2015.
Over the past three seasons, Crist and the Cougars have enjoyed a historic run. The program put together a 32-match winning streak, which ranks as the second-longest streak ever in the NAIA, as well as a 42-match unbeaten streak, tying for the second-longest mark all-time. Before falling in the 2016 national title match, SAU held the top spot in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for 10 consecutive polls – the second-longest span in the history of the NAIA.
Anhalt has a 3.54 GPA at Fruitport Calvary Christian and will major in Nursing at Spring Arbor.