NewsCougars Sign All-Ohio Soccer Player from Coshocton
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s soccer team has landed its first recruit for the 2005 season with the addition of Matt Lonsinger, who recently signed a letter of intent to further his education and continue his soccer career at MVNU.
Lonsinger, a forward from Coshocton, Ohio, set school records with 50 career goals and 17 career assists in three years on the varsity team at Coshocton High School. As a senior, he scored 18 goals with five assists in just 11 matches as he was named the Eastern District Player of the Year and was selected to the East Central Ohio League First Team, the Eastern District First Team, and the All-Ohio Second Team. Lonsinger was also an ECOL and Eastern District First Team pick in 2003.
"Signing Matt is a great start to our 2005 recruiting class,” said MVNU head coach Paul Furey. "He brings solid technical ability with good pace and the ability to take on defenders and create scoring opportunities. He definitely can create and produce in the final third and will help make us a better attacking team next fall.”
"I like the fact that Matt was looking for a college like MVNU,” Furey added. "He wanted a small, faith-driven school that had healthy and moral lifestyle standards. I believe he will be a good fit for MVNU, and that we will help him develop not only into a good collegiate player but in all areas of his life. I’m happy to have him on board as a Cougar and look forward to good things from him over the next four years.”
In addition to playing soccer at Coshocton High School, Lonsinger has been a member of several club teams including MC United (1996-1998), FSC (1999-2001), and Arsenal (2002-2004). He was also an Eastern District First Team All-Academic selection in 2003.
"I wanted to attend a Christian college with a strong moral base,” said Lonsinger of his college choice. "I also sought an institution with an outstanding education program. I chose MVNU because I was impressed during my visit by the atmosphere of the university and the success of the soccer program under Coach Furey’s guidance.”
MVNU finished the 2004 campaign with a 9-8-3 overall record. The Cougars also went 2-3-3 in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division.