NewsTri-Valley Standout to Play Soccer for Lady Cougars
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s soccer team has added a key recruit to its roster for the 2006 season with the addition of Carol Thomas.
Thomas, a defender from Dresden, Ohio, has decided to further her education and continue her soccer career with the Lady Cougars. As a senior at Tri-Valley High School, she helped her team post 14 shutouts in 20 matches as the Scotties went a school-best 17-2-1 and won their first-ever District championship. For her efforts, Thomas was named to the All-Eastern District Second Team and the All-Muskingum Valley League First Team.
"The team and I are very excited to have Carol join the Lady Cougar soccer tradition this fall,” said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "She has done very well at the high school and club level, and we look forward to her bringing that success to our program. Carol is a player who brings both skill and work ethic to the pitch. She is a player that I see coming in and making an immediate impact as a defender. She is a tough individual defender with the ability to get forward and create goal scoring opportunities.”
"Carol has a great personality that will mix in very well with the team chemistry,” Meade added. "She takes pride in working hard on the field and in the classroom, and she is excited about the faith-based education she will receive here at MVNU. It is a great fit for everyone involved.”
In addition to playing soccer, Thomas has been involved in Family Career and Community Leaders of America. She was also an honor roll student throughout high school.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Thomas of her college choice. "MVNU is a beautiful and well-rounded campus and I love it. I am also very interested in playing soccer for Coach Meade. Attending MVNU has always been a dream of mine and now my dream has come true. It is also very close to home.”
MVNU finished the 2005 season with a 12-6-1 overall record that included a runner-up finish in the American Mideast Conference South Division. The Lady Cougars have posted a 80-39-3 record in their six seasons as a varsity sport with two AMC South Division titles and one National Christian College Athletic Association national championship.