NewsLady Cougars Sign Tippecanoe Soccer Standout
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 defender Samantha Tomlinson.
Tomlinson, a native of Tipp City, Ohio, who has played both the forward and defender positions, has decided to further her education and continue her soccer career at MVNU. She helped Tippecanoe High School to the state semifinals and a 17-2-2 record as a sophomore in 2001 and a district title as a senior in 2003. She is a two-time Central Buckeye Conference First Team selection, and she was named to the All-Area First Team and the All-Dayton North First Team as a senior.
"Samantha's commitment to our team is very exciting," said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "She is a very determined competitor. Once she makes a decision to do something, she goes all out and that is why I know she will excel here at MVNU. This zeal has brought about much success in her high school career, and I look forward to it adding to our success next fall. Coupled with Samantha's determination is the God-given ability she possesses, and that has taken her play to a high level. She has very good speed and great athleticism that will make her tough to beat in the back. She will make an immediate impact to the back line with the departure of Cheryl (Balogh) and Karen (Stasiowski)."
"It is reassuring, as well, to know that Samantha picked MVNU for more than just soccer," Meade added. "She wanted a quality education at a smaller school where she would also have ample opportunities to be challenged and to grow in her relationship with Christ. I look forward to having Samantha as part of the Lady Cougars next year."
In addition to playing soccer, Tomlinson was a member of the varsity track team and was a regional track qualifier in the 4-x-100. She was on Homecoming Court during her senior year, and she has been involved in Octagon and Astra - two service organizations. She has also been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Muse Machine, and Show Choir.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Tomlinson of her college choice. "I really like the beautiful campus and the Christian atmosphere. Everyone is just so nice and helpful there. It was also important that throughout my college experience that I become a well-rounded individual - not only getting a good education, but also becoming a whole person."
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.