NewsTwo MVNU Soccer Players Earn Verizon All-District Honors
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Casey Swanson and Cheryl Balogh, members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's and women's soccer teams respectively, have each been selected to the Verizon Academic All-District IV College Division Second Team.
Swanson, a senior defender from Mount Vernon, Ohio, has led the Cougars to a 12-7-0 overall record this season. The former Mount Vernon High School standout has started every match for MVNU and played every minute in anchoring the team's defense that has posted eight shutouts and allowed just 19 goals in 19 matches. Swanson has also scored two goals this season.
In the classroom, Swanson has compiled a 3.849 grade point average as a Mathematics major. He has been named to the MVNU Dean's List all seven semesters, and he was an NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association All-America Scholar-Athlete last season.
Balogh, a junior defender from Lima, Ohio, has led the Lady Cougars to a 13-5-1 overall record this season. The former Elida High School star has started every match for MVNU and is second on the team with 1,640 minutes played. She has helped the team post five shutouts in addition to scoring one goal and recording three assists.
In the classroom, Balogh has compiled a 3.910 grade point average as a Sports Management major. She has also been named to the MVNU Dean's List all five semesters.
The MVNU men's soccer team will return to action on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. when the Cougars will host Nyack (N.Y.) College in the NCCAA East Region championship match with a berth in the NCCAA National Tournament on the line.
The MVNU women's soccer team will travel to Houghton (N.Y.) College on Friday for the NAIA Region IX Final Four. The Lady Cougars will face the top-seeded Highlanders at 4:00 p.m. MVNU has already qualified for the NCCAA National Tournament if the team loses in the NAIA playoffs.
The Verizon Academic All-District IV College Division Teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Eligible student-athletes must have a 3.20 grade point average and be at least in their sophomore year. The District IV College Division is made up of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.