The Mount Vernon Nazarene
University women’s soccer team has signed a
key recruit for the 2008 season as Heidi
Moeckel has decided to further her education
and continue her soccer career at MVNU.
a center midfielder/defender from Gahanna,
Ohio, was a key member of the Gahanna
Lincoln High School soccer team. As a
junior, she helped the team to the program’s
first-ever Ohio Capital Conference title.
She also brings plenty of club soccer
experience having played for the Gahanna
Arsenal for four years and is now in her
fifth year of playing for Cesa F.C.
"Heidi is a great addition and I know
that she will have an immediate impact next
year,” said MVNU head coach Jonathan Meade.
"She has played at a high level between high
school and club soccer, and I look forward
to her continuing her success here at Mount
Vernon Nazarene University.”
"I see Heidi competing in the back for us
next year,” added Meade. "She has good size
and is an aggressive player who can really
do some damage creating out of the back. She
is a smart player and solid in the air. I am
really looking forward to coaching her. I
know that her personality and desire to grow
in her faith will only add to the strength
of the university and our women’s soccer
team. Heidi and MVNU are a great fit for
In addition to playing soccer, Moeckel
volunteered for three months during her
senior year at Nationwide Children’s
Hospital in Columbus as well as helping out
with Vacation Bible School and a soccer camp
for kids. As a junior, she also served as a
camp counselor for a sixth-grade camp, and
she is a Renaissance team member.
"I have chosen to attend MVNU not only
for the awesome soccer program, but for the
great nursing program and Christian
lifestyle they have set up,” said Moeckel.
"I have been a Christian all of my life and
having that incorporated into my love for
soccer and my future in the medical field is
MVNU posted a 15-7-1 overall record in
2007 and was ranked No. 25 in the final NAIA
national poll. The Lady Cougars also claimed
a share of their fourth American Mideast
Conference South Division title in the past
five years, and MVNU has won two National
Christian College Athletic Association
national titles (2003 and 2006).