NewsThree More Recruits Commit to Play Soccer at MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s soccer team has landed three more recruits for the 2006 season with the addition of Chris Mast, Ben Winkler, and Dave Edinger, who have decided to further their education and continue their soccer careers at MVNU.
Mast, a midfielder from Smithville, Ohio, recorded 15 goals and 14 assists in 22 matches as a senior at Central Christian High School. For his efforts, he was named to the Tri-County League First Team, the Greater Akron First Team, and the All-Ohio First Team after helping Central Christian advance to the state Final Four.
In addition to playing soccer, Mast played tennis and basketball at Central Christian while also being involved in the concert choir and on student council. He also posted a 3.94 grade point average.
"There were several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Mast of his college choice. "I like the campus life and the soccer program, and I plan to study business.”
Winkler, a defender from Carroll, Ohio, was a two-year captain on the Bloom Carroll High School team. As a senior, he helped the defense post six shutouts in 22 matches while also scoring one goal and registering two assists. For his efforts, he was named to the Mid-State League Honorable Mention list.
In addition to playing soccer, Winkler was a member of National Honor Society and was selected as the outstanding member overall in the Bloom Carroll select choir.
"I chose MVNU because of how friendly all the staff and students were,” said Winkler. "My main question to everyone was ‘why should I come to MVNU?’ Everyone was able to give me a great answer. I like the fact that you get to know the professors and that the class sizes are small.”
Edinger, a goalkeeper from Millersburg, Ohio, was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team at West Holmes High School. As a senior, he started 17 matches and posted a 1.80 goals against average with three shutouts.
In addition to playing soccer, Edinger graduated from West Holmes as an honors student. He has also been very active in his church’s youth group.
"I am very excited for a chance to play soccer at the college level and even more excited to be attending a university that will prepare me for life academically, and equally important, that will also provide me with strong spiritual guidance for life,” said Edinger.
MVNU finished the 2005 campaign with an 11-5-3 overall record. The Cougars also went 4-3-1 in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division to finish tied for fourth place.