NewsFour Lady Cougars Earn All-American Soccer Honors
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Four members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s soccer team were honored recently when both the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association All-American Teams were announced.
Catherine Hess, a senior forward from Hillsboro, Ohio, was selected as both an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and an NCCAA First Team All-American for the second straight year. The former Hillsboro High School star led the Lady Cougars with 24 goals and a school-record 17 assists as she closed out her fine career as MVNU’s all-time leader in goals (67), assists (52), and total points (186).
Krysti Wilson, a sophomore goalkeeper from Sunbury, Ohio, was also named to both the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Team and the NCCAA All-American First Team. The former Big Walnut High School product, who repeated as an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, posted a 1.25 goals against average and seven shutouts this year while recording a school-record 147 saves.
Allison Linak, a sophomore midfielder from Westerville, Ohio, joined Hess and Wilson as both an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and an NCCAA First Team All-American. The former Worthington Christian High School standout registered six goals and 10 assists for MVNU this season.
Leanna Goss, a junior defender from Westerville, Ohio, was also selected to the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Team. The former Westerville South High School graduate helped anchor the Lady Cougars’ back line that posted 10 shutouts and allowed just 30 goals in 24 matches.
MVNU finished the 2004 season with a 19-5-0 overall record as the Lady Cougars were ranked 23rd in the final NAIA national poll. The team also captured its second straight American Mideast Conference South Division title with a 7-0-0 mark and finished as the NCCAA national runner-up.