NewsNorthridge Soccer Standout Signs with MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s soccer team has landed another recruit for the 2004 season with the addition of Ryan Farkas, who has decided to further his education and continue his soccer career at MVNU.
Farkas, a forward from Johnstown, Ohio, was a four-year starter and three-year captain at Northridge High School, where he set school records for most goals in a match (5), most goals in a season (26), and most goals (57) and assists (35) in a career. Farkas was named to the All-Central District Team as both a junior and senior, and he led Northridge to its first sectional title as a junior in 2002. At the conclusion of his senior year, he was selected to the Central District Senior All-Star match. He was also a member of the ODP Ohio South State Team in 2003.
"We are very excited about having Ryan join us next fall,” said MVNU head coach Paul Furey. "It was really under a unique set of circumstances that we got Ryan, though we knew of him from nearby Johnstown. But, our need for a forward did not arise until this spring, and Ryan was the answer. We believe that he will be someone who will step in and have an immediate impact. He brings size, speed, and the ability to score goals, and he will have a very solid collegiate career.”
"Ryan and his family had a long search for the right college, and I am glad that he felt this was the place that would be best for him,” Furey added. "His upbringing, friendly personality, and church background all contribute to making a good match for Ryan with MVNU. We are glad to have him as part of the Cougar family.”
In addition to playing soccer at Northridge, Farkas is an honor roll student, who is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Spring Hills Baptist Church.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Farkas of his college choice. "MVNU offered everything I was looking for academically, I like the campus, and I wanted to play soccer on a good college team. I also really like the guys on the team and Coach Furey.”
MVNU finished the 2003 campaign with a 13-5-1 overall record. The Cougars also went 4-3-1 in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division to finish in a tie for fourth place.