After a good season in its first year as a varsity sport, the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer team has now signed its first recruit for the 2001 season.
Catherine Hess, a native of Hillsboro, Ohio, has decided to continue her soccer career and further her education at MVNC. Hess, who was a four-year First Team All-Conference and All-District performer at Hillsboro High School, scored a school-record 22 goals as a junior while being named to the All-Ohio Second Team. As a senior, the striker/center midfielder scored 18 goals and added 12 assists in 16 matches as she finished her career with a school-record 71 goals.
"I am very excited to have Catherine sign with the Lady Cougars," said MVNC head coach Jonathan Meade. "She loves to win and works hard to reach her goals. She has the ability to leave her signature on a game if needed. She is a playmaker and a finisher. I see her doing great things for the team next fall. She is also a quality student and person who will fit in nicely with the positive atmosphere here."
In addition to playing soccer, Hess was a four-year member of the Hillsboro High basketball team and a two-year member of the track team. An honor roll student, she was also involved in Spanish Club and Prom Committee, and she attend a World Affairs seminar in the summer of 2000.
"I believe that MVNC will help me keep my priorities on track," said Hess of her college choice. "Those priorities are receiving a good education and becoming an asset to the soccer team and the institution. In addition, I want to become a teacher and MVNC's education program has been highly recommended."
The Lady Cougars posted a very respectable 11-8-0 record in 2000 in the program's first year as a varsity sport. Only three players will graduate from the team, and the future looks bright for MVNC women's soccer.