NewsLady Cougars to Honor Four Soccer Seniors on Wednesday
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s soccer team will honor its four seniors on Wednesday afternoon at halftime of the Lady Cougars’ American Mideast Conference South Division match with Walsh University that starts at 3:00 p.m.
Over the past four seasons, MVNU has posted a 60-20-3 overall record (.741 winning percentage) and a 25-3-1 AMC South Division mark (.879 winning percentage). The Lady Cougars have won two conference titles (2003 and 2004) and the program’s first National Christian College Athletic Association national title (2003). This year, the Lady Cougars are currently 9-6-1 overall and tied for first in the AMC South Division with a 6-1-0 conference mark.
Allie Warnemunde, a midfielder from West Chester, Ohio, has played in 50 matches with 44 starts over the past three years since transferring to MVNU from the University of Kentucky where she played club soccer. The former standout at Lakota East High School has registered 13 career goals, which puts her in a tie for ninth place on the school’s all-time list, and eight career assists. Warnemunde was named to the NCCAA East Region Team in 2004, and she will be on the NCCAA Scholar-Athlete Team this year.
"It has been a pleasure to coach Allie over the past three years,” said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade. "She has been a hard-working player who has overcome some difficult knee injuries while doing it. I am especially proud of her this season as she has made it her best year yet. She has helped to make this year’s midfield the strongest of any team that I have coached. I also commend her for her efforts in the classroom and as a team leader. Her dedication in all of these areas is a reflection of her faith in Christ and seeking after His will for her life.”
Lindsay Saulsgiver, a midfielder from Mansfield, Ohio, has played in 76 career matches with 55 starts over the past four years. The former Crestview High School product has recorded four career goals and three career assists with two of the goals coming at the NCCAA national tournament in 2003 when the Lady Cougars captured the national title. See was an AMC South Division and an NCCAA East Region Honorable Mention pick in 2005, and she will join Warnemunde on the NCCAA Scholar-Athlete Team this season.
"With Lindsay, I think about her consistent, aggressive, physical play,” said Meade. "I always have to laugh in practice when we have shielding battles because nobody wants her as their partner because she is so strong. Most apparent in Lindsay, though, is her strong faith in Christ and her desire to serve Him. She has been a God-send as a teammate and I could not ask for more from her as a player. I have appreciated her service to this team as a player and as a spiritual leader.”
Allison Elifritz, a midfielder from Westerville, Ohio, has played in 82 career matches with 55 career starts over the past four years. The former Worthington Christian High School star is tied for fifth in school history with 16 goals, ranks fourth with 23 career assists, and is fifth with 55 career points. Elifritz was named to the AMC South Division First Team, the NCCAA East Region Team, the NAIA Region IX First Team, the NCCAA All-American First Team, and the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Team in 2004. She is also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
"I am very proud of Allie,” said Meade. "It is always fun to look back over a player’s career and watch the growth and development not only as a player but as a person, too. There were high expectations when she arrived on campus in 2003, and she has delivered. Nothing has come easy and her road to success has been paved with a great work ethic and persistence. I have enjoyed challenging her over the past four years, and I know that her growth and accomplishments have largely been influenced by her faith in God and seeking to give Him her very best. She has capped off her career with her best season yet.”
Krysti Wilson, a goalkeeper from Sunbury, Ohio, has played in 80 career matches with 78 starts over the past four years. The former Big Walnut High School standout owns every school record for career goalkeeping statistics with a 0.97 goals against average, 29 shutouts, 406 saves, and even two assists. Among her many honors, Wilson is a three-time NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time NCCAA First Team All-American. Along with Elifritz, she is also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
"I have heard it said over a million times by her teammates over the past four years how amazing Krysti is,” said Meade. "She has made many great leaping saves, breakaway saves, and even a couple amazing assists along the way, but her teammates and I have also gotten to know her as an amazing teammate. She has given so much to the team over the past four years. She started out a little shy as a freshman, but she has matured into a strong servant leader who has really put her teammates first. She has been a stellar competitor on the field, an excellent student in the classroom, and a great teammate. Her faith in God has been the foundation to her desire to be who she is, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to share in her career as a Lady Cougars.”
With a victory over Walsh, MVNU would clinch at least a share of its third AMC South Division title in the past four years. The Lady Cougars have already secured a first-round home match in the AMC Tournament that will start on Saturday. MVNU will most likely host Tiffin University at 11:30 a.m.