NewsMVNU Women's Soccer Team Lands Aurora Standout
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s soccer team has landed another key recruit for the 2004 season with the addition of Heather Ross, who has decided to further her education and continue her soccer career with the Lady Cougars.
Ross, a forward/midfielder from Aurora, Ohio, finished tenth in the state with 21 goals as senior in 2003 to lead Aurora High School. She was a two-time Chagrin Valley Conference First Team and Greater Cleveland Area Third Team selection at Aurora. She was also named to the Tri-County Soccer League First Team as a freshman in 2000 while playing at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, which she attended as a freshman and sophomore.
"The team and I are very excited about Heather’s commitment,” said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "She is an excellent player and has a fun and caring personality that will mesh well with our returning players. She is a very skilled player with the ability to create and make things happen on the attack. This a true reflection of her dedication and willingness to excel. Her ability and understanding of the game will help her have an immediate impact for the Lady Cougars next year.”
"I appreciate that Heather sees the importance of joining a team that is concerned with more than just wins and losses,” Meade added. "It is about growing spiritually, academically, and socially while having the opportunity to play the game of soccer. I look forward to having her bring her strong belief in God and her dedication as well as her abilities to MVNU and our women’s soccer program.”
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Ross of her college choice. "I like the school’s integrity and I have a lot of respect for the school and its soccer team. When talking to other schools, I heard about what a great team MVNU has and I wanted to be a part of it. I am not sure what I want to major in yet, but I am confident that MVNU will prepare me for my future.”
MVNU finished the 2003 season with a 20-3-1 overall record and won the National Christian College Athletic Association national title in only the program’s fourth season as a varsity sport. The Lady Cougars also captured the American Mideast Conference South Division title.