NewsMVNU Women's Soccer Team Prepares to Host Cougar Classic
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s soccer team will host the second annual four-team Cougar Classic on Friday and Saturday at Cougar Field.
The host Lady Cougars enter the tournament with a 2-2-0 record after posting a 3-0 win over Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College last Saturday. MVNU is led in scoring by senior forward Catherine Hess with five goals and two assists, while freshman forward Kristy Brandolini has contributed two goals and a team-high three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Krysti Wilson has also posted one shutout and a 2.00 goals against average.
The Lady Cougars will take on Wilmington College in the first round on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Lady Quakers are currently 2-1-0 and ranked 17th in NCAA Division III. The team’s only loss came to 25th-ranked Denison University on Tuesday. Junior midfielder Emily Bulach has scored in every match for Wilmington and leads the team with four goals and one assist. Meanwhile, goalkeepers Krista Kalkhoff and Jessica Bullens have combined to allow just four goals in three matches.
The first match on Friday will feature Spring Arbor (Mich.) University versus Roberts Wesleyan at 2:00 p.m. Spring Arbor is currently 2-1-1 after suffering its first loss of the year last Saturday to Trinity International (Ill.) University. The Lady Cougars are led by senior forward Lyndsay Clevenger, who has scored three goals. Meanwhile, the Spring Arbor defense has allowed just two goals in four matches.
Roberts Wesleyan is currently 0-4-0 after dropping a 3-1 decision to Fredonia State University on Tuesday. Sophomore forward Aimee Legault scored the team’s first goal of the season in the loss. The Lady Raiders have been outscored 13-1 so far this season.
"This weekend will be a very good challenge for all the teams involved,” said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "Wilmington is a strong NCAA Division III school, who is coming off a conference championship season a year ago. Spring Arbor has participated in three straight National Christian College Athletic Association national tournaments, and Roberts Wesleyan is an up and coming young team.”
"It is always nice to host a tournament where we can not only showcase great competition, but also show off the MVNU campus and our great fans,” Meade added. "It will be an enjoyable as well as challenging weekend.”
The tournament, which is free to the public, will continue on Saturday with Wilmington taking on Roberts Wesleyan at 1:00 p.m. and MVNU squaring off with Spring Arbor at 3:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the second match, there will be an awards ceremony presentation for the All-Tournament Team and the championship trophy.