NewsMVNU Signs Worthington Kilbourne Soccer Player
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 Kelsey Begin, who has decided to further his education and continue his soccer career at MVNU.
Begin, a forward/midfielder from Columbus, Ohio, was a two-year varsity letterman at Worthington Kilbourne High School. As a senior, he helped Worthington Kilbourne to a 9-7-3 overall record, the Ohio Capital Conference title, and a Central District runner-up finish as he recorded two goals and two assists. As a junior, Begin compiled three goals and one assist as Worthington Kilbourne went 12-3-4. He competed in the Central District Division I All-Star Game as a senior, and he was a two-year member of the All-Ohio Academic Team.
"Kelsey is a very nice addition to our squad,” said MVNU head coach Paul Furey. "He comes from a very strong high school program and has many of the gifts and abilities to be a very solid collegiate player. We look for Kelsey to be a strong target man for us up front.”
"It impressed me that with his new-found faith, Kelsey felt it was important to attend a Christian university,” Furey added. "I believe he will fit in nicely, not only in our soccer program, but in our campus environment and the values we stand for.”
In addition to playing soccer at Worthington Kilbourne, Begin has also been actively involved in Young Life for four years.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Begin of his college choice. "My first priority was getting into a good Christian college, but what really attracted me to MVNU was the great group of guys and how comfortable they made my visit for me. It was one of those situations where everything clicked, and I knew that MVNU was the place for me.”
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.