NewsFive Cougars Earn AMC South Division Soccer Honors
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Five members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's soccer team were recognized on Thursday when the American Mideast Conference South Division honors were announced.
Casey Swanson, a senior defender from Mount Vernon, Ohio, highlighted the list as he was named to the AMC South Division First Team. The former Mount Vernon High School standout has played every minute for the Cougars this season and anchored the defense that has allowed just 20 goals in 20 matches with eight shutouts. Swanson has also scored three goals.
Jeffery Hinds, a freshman forward from Kingston, Jamaica, joined Swanson on the AMC South Division First Team. The former standout at Kingston College High School has recorded seven goals and seven assists in his first season at MVNU.
Trevor Knowles, a senior goalkeeper from Gahanna, Ohio, was selected to the AMC South Division Second Team. The former Westerville North High School star has posted a 1.02 goals against average with 93 saves so far this year.
Nate Sommers, a sophomore forward from Mount Gilead, Ohio, joined Knowles on the AMC South Division Second Team. The former All-Ohioan at Mansfield Christian School recorded 10 goals and five assists to rank second on the team in both categories.
Matt Packard, a sophomore midfielder from Avon Lake, Ohio, also received AMC South Division Honorable Mention. The former All-Ohioan at Avon Lake High School leads the Cougars with 13 goals and seven assists. Packard has scored at least one goal in the team's last six matches - all wins.
The Cougars also were selected as the AMC South Division recipient of the Fair Play Team Award, which is based on the number of cautions that a team receives during the season.
MVNU is currently 13-7-0 overall. The Cougars are the fourth seed at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament and will take on fifth-seeded York (Neb.) College on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Kissimmee, Florida.