NewsTwinsburg Soccer Standout Signs with Lady Cougars
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's soccer team has landed a key recruit for the 2004 season with the addition of Kristy Brandolini.
Brandolini, a midfielder/forward from Twinsburg, Ohio, has decided to further her education and continue her soccer career at MVNU. During her career at Twinsburg High School, she scored a school-record 121 career goals and registered a record 61 assists as she was named to the Western Reserve Conference First Team all four years including being named the Most Valuable Player as a senior. She also holds school records for goals in a season (35 as a freshman) and assists (21 as a sophomore). She was also named to the All-Greater Cleveland Area First Team and the Cleveland Plain Dealer "Best of the Best" Team as a senior.
"The team and I are very happy to have Kristy sign with us," said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "She has the personality that as soon as the team met her, she was an instant fit. She believes in work ethic and character, which are two things that are at the root of what we are all about."
"Kristy is technically very sound," Meade added. "She has played on some excellent club teams where she has come to understand the tactics of high level play. These qualities make her an immediate challenger for playing time in the fall. She has also done as well in the classroom as she has on the field. Most importantly, though, is the importance of her faith in her life. It extends into all that she does - a quality that I would hope all my players would possess."
In addition to playing soccer, Brandolini is a two-year member of National Honor Society and has been active in the school newspaper for two years. She has also been involved in the Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Group for two years, and is a member of her church's youth ministry team.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Brandolini of her college choice. "I felt a great closeness among the team members as well as with Coach Meade. There was an athletic focus teamed with a spiritual focus. I also like the spiritual environment and the good academics at MVNU."
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.