NewsRiver View Soccer Player Signs with Lady Cougars
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's soccer team has added another player to its roster for the 2003 season with the addition of Jessalyn Hardesty, who will further her education and continue her soccer career with the Lady Cougars.
Hardesty, a midfielder from Coshocton, Ohio, finished her career at River View High School ranked third in career goals (46) and career assists (25) despite playing half of her career as a defensive center midfielder. She was named to the Muskingum Valley League First Team and All-District First Team once and the MVL Second Team and All-District Second Team once.
"I am so glad that Jessalyn will be joining us next year," said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "She has worked very hard to make this happen, and I think it is a great testament to her will and determination. She will bring an added physical presence and toughness to the team. She has been a versatile player in high school and that will benefit her and the team next year. She will mix into the defensive midfield and center back positions, and she has a very good ability to attack out of those positions."
"I am excited for Jessalyn," Meade added. "MVNU was an instant hit for her, and much of that was related to the fact that MVNU is a Christian institution. She will add not only to the strong character of our team but to the institution as well."
In addition to playing soccer, Hardesty was also a three-year member of the River View basketball team. She was active in Students Against Drunk Driving, Letterman's Club, and the Methodist Youth Group of which she was the president for two years.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Hardesty of her college choice. "The Christian emphasis of MVNU is the environment where I can find the right kind of help and education to make good career choices. Also, soccer is a big part of my life, so I hope to continue as a part of the successful MVNU women's soccer program."
The Lady Cougars finished the 2002 season with a 14-8-1 overall record as they tied the school record for most wins in a season. MVNU also finished third in the highly-competitive American Mideast Conference South Division and fourth at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament.