The Mount Vernon Nazarene
University mens soccer team has landed its
first recruit for the 2009 season as the
Cougars have signed Brian Petak, who will
look to further his education and continue
his soccer career at MVNU.
a center midfielder from Bedford, Ohio, was
a starter for Cuyahoga Valley Christian
Academy the past two years as CVCA captured
one Ohio Division II state title in 2007 and
finished as the state runner-up in 2008.
"Brian was our first recruit of this
class to sign and we are really excited to
have him, said MVNU head coach Paul Furey.
"He is a hard-working, feisty player who is
technically sound. He is also a quality
young man with a contagious personality and
sincere faith. He comes from college soccer
factory, CVCA. We expect tremendous things
from Brian over the next four years.
In addition to playing soccer at CVCA,
Petak has played on several premiere club
teams including the Cleveland Whitecaps, the
Ambassadors, and CASA. He spent time during
the summer of his sophomore year as part of
a team that traveled to Kenya to play soccer
and have outreach. He has received both the
Tipton Soccer Award Scholarship and the
Ambassador for Christ Scholarship while at
CVCA and he was elected by his peers to the
senior homecoming court.
"There are several reasons why I chose
MVNU, said Petak of his college choice. "I
like the soccer program and the Christian
environment. Getting a scholarship to play
soccer was important, and MVNU is a great
place to continue my education.
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.