The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer program has added another recruit to its roster for the 2002 season with the addition of Leanna Goss.
Goss, a midfielder from Westerville, Ohio, started in 13 matches as a senior at Westerville South High School as she scored one goal and added two assists. As a junior, she was selected as the team's Most Improved Player. She has also played club soccer since 1993 including six years with Ohio Premier.
"I am very pleased to have Leanna sign with us," said MVNC head coach Jonathan Meade. "She comes from a rich soccer background through her play at Westerville South and Ohio Premier. I know that her past experiences with these teams have helped prepare her to make a smooth transition to the college level."
"Leanna is going to strengthen our midfield situation by being able to play at either right or left outside midfield," Meade added. "She is sound technically and tactically, and she has the work ethic to fit into our system and do a lot of good things. I look forward to having the opportunity to coach her."
In addition to playing soccer, Goss has been on the Merit Roll for her academic achievements. She was on the prom committee as a junior and was active in Key Club as a senior.
"I have visited MVNC many times in the past year, and each time I go, I like the college even more," said Goss of her college choice. "The soccer team is nice, the coach is great, and the whole student body is welcoming and friendly. Plus, the communication program is good, which is my intended major. One more plus is that the college is close to home so my parents can watch me play."
"Leanna is going to do a lot for our team off the field as well," said Meade. "Her commitment to academics and a disciplined character are great qualities, and she has already meshed well with the returning players. I think it is a win-win situation - Leanna feels really comfortable with the situation here and the team and I know we are getting a quality person for a teammate."
MVNC finished the 2001 season with a 14-9 overall record and a 10-6 American Mideast Conference mark in just the program's second varsity season. The Lady Cougars also won the National Christian College Athletic Association East Region Tournament and advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida.