NewsLady Cougars Prepare to Host Spahr and Glenn Classic
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's soccer team will put its unbeaten mark on the line this weekend when the Lady Cougars host the first annual Spahr and Glenn Cougar Classic on Friday and Saturday at Cougar Field.
"I am excited about the first ever Spahr and Glenn Cougar Classic," said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "It is my intention to have this tournament be a high quality event, and it would not be possible without the help and sponsorship of the Spahr and Glenn Printing Company. The high standards of Spahr and Glenn echo the quality I expect this tournament to be."
The host Lady Cougars enter the tournament with a 4-0-0 record after posting a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Trinity International (Ill.) University on Friday at Malone College. Sophomore forward Kristen Votapek leads the team with nine goals through four matches, while junior forward Catherine Hess has added six goals and four assists. Freshman goalkeeper Krysti Wilson has also posted four shutouts as MVNU has yet to allow a goal.
The Lady Cougars will take on Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University in the first round on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Lady Tigers are currently 2-2-0 after falling 4-0 at Indiana Wesleyan University, ranked 22nd in the NAIA, last Friday. Junior defender Adelaide Anderson leads Olivet Nazarene with three goals to go with one assist, and junior midfielder Emily Ouimette has added two goals and one assist.
The first match on Friday will feature Siena Heights (Mich.) University versus Notre Dame College at 2:00 p.m. Siena Heights, which began the year ranked 10th in the NAIA preseason poll, will enter play with a 2-1-0 record after defeating Spring Arbor (Mich.) College 2-0 on Wednesday as freshman forward Christine Coleman scored her first two goals of the year. The Saints received votes in this week's NAIA poll.
Notre Dame took a 0-1-0 record into its non-conference match at Urbana University on Wednesday night. The Falcons, who went 9-10-1 a year ago, fell 4-0 to Malone College in the team's only match this year.
"The competition will be at a high level knowing the strength of the participating programs," said Meade. "I expect to see a good deal of exciting play over the weekend."
The tournament, which is free to the public, will continue on Saturday with Olivet Nazarene taking on Notre Dame at 1:00 p.m. and MVNU squaring off with Siena Heights at 3:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the second match, there will be an awards presentation for the All-Tournament Team and the championship trophy.