The Mount Vernon Nazarene
University mens soccer team has added an
important recruit for the 2009 season as the
Cougars have signed Jon Peck, who will look
to further his education and continue his
soccer career at MVNU.
a midfielder from Houghton, N.Y., registered
18 goals and 13 assists as a senior at
Houghton Academy as his team went 14-1-1.
For his efforts, he was named to the
Allegany County First Team and selected as
the Player of the Year. He was also chosen
as an Olean Area Big 30 All-Star and was
named to the NYSSWA All-State Third Team.
For his career, Peck finished with 38 goals
and 30 assists.
"Jon had a notable high school career and
had a solid showing when he tried out for
our squad, said MVNU head coach Paul Furey.
"I do not think we have seen all of his
potential, and I believe he will develop
into a promising player over time. He is a
good technical player. As he adjusts to the
physical college game, he will certainly
contribute to our team success. He should
fit in nicely at MVNU.
In addition to playing soccer at Houghton
Academy, Peck played travel soccer from the
time he was eight years old. He was a member
of the Churchville Soccer Club in 2006 and
the Rochester District Yought Soccer League
in 2007 and 2008. He has been involved in
yearbook club and serves as the yearbook
design editor. He was the vice president of
his sophomore class and has served as a
student representative each year. He has
also taken several youth missions trips.
"There are several reasons why I chose
MVNU, said Peck of his college choice. "The
school offers the programs that I want to
pursue. I like the fact that it is a large
community with a strong Christian
environment. It also has a very reputable
MVNU had a record-setting season in 2008
as the Cougars finished the year with an
18-4-2 overall record and an 8-1-2 mark in
the American Mideast Conference. The team
was ranked No. 7 in the final NAIA poll -
the highest ranking in school history. MVNU
qualified for the NAIA National Tournament
for the first time as well and advanced all
the way to the Final Four to become the
first team in school history in any sport to
go that far.