"Avid ping-pong player.”
"Country girl, but with a ghetto side.”
"Buckeye fan at heart.”
Miller, senior midfielder for the Lady
Cougars, used these phrases to describe her
life outside of soccer as that of any usual
girl her age. She likes to shop, spend time
with friends, rollerblade and drink hot tea.
She said her "typical day consists of
class, studying, maybe an occasional nap,
practice, homework, friends…oh, and eating.
You can’t forget that one.” In fact, she
always likes to "get a good steak and
potatoes meal” at Texas Roadhouse.
However, when it comes to soccer, Miller
is beyond typical. She said she has been
playing soccer since she could walk.
Encouraged and inspired by her athletic dad
and supportive mom, Miller was always on
recreation soccer teams as a child and
various club teams around Columbus as she
grew older. The Hilliard native competed for
the Lady Eagles at Grove City Christian High
Miller attended The Ohio State University
as a freshman, but transferred to Mount
Vernon Nazarene University the following
year in search of a smaller, Christian
environment and in hopes of meeting new
people. The vast difference between the two
schools was immediately evident, and she
appreciated the smaller classes and
availability of professors at MVNU. She also
enjoyed the closeness of the soccer team.
"It was like coming into a new school but
gaining a whole new family,” Miller said.
Miller is a significant asset to the
Cougars as a now two-year starter at
midfielder. During her career, she has
posted 10 goals and 11 assists. This year,
she was named to the American Mideast
Conference Second Team. She leads the team
with eight assists and is third on the team
in scoring with five goals.
brings intelligence, leadership and a
physical style of play to our team,” said
head coach Jonathan Meade. "She has come on
strong this season as a midfielder who can
both score and create scoring opportunities
This year, Miller and her fellow seniors,
defender Kelly Sgambellone and forward Page
Miller, took on a leadership role to 11
incoming freshmen. Miller aimed to be viewed
as a role model by her young team.
Meade said Miller has succeeded in this
"She likes to keep soccer fun, and a big
part of her belief in keeping it fun is to
play at her best,” Meade said. "That's a
great example to set for younger players.”
"Erin has helped lead the team this year
by keeping a positive attitude at all
times,” said freshman forward/midfielder
Erin Washington. "If we were down at
halftime, she was always the one to stay
positive and encouraging. She always
believed in the team no matter the
The Lady Cougars are currently 12-7-1
overall after posting an AMC record of
9-3-1. Although her senior season is rapidly
coming to an end, Miller is not ready to
call it quits yet. MVNU will travel to
Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College for the
National Christian College Athletic
Association East Region Tournament this
weekend with hopes of posting two wins and
advancing on to the NCCAA National
Tournament in Orlando. The Lady Cougars will
take on Nyack (N.Y.) College at 2:00 p.m. on
Friday in the semifinals.
Even after her soccer career has ended,
Miller intends to stay involved in
athletics. She will be graduating with a
major in marketing and a minor in sports
management. She hopes to find a job in the
sports marketing field, possibly working for
a professional sports team.
The Lady Cougars will certainly miss
Miller’s ability on the field next year as
well as the positive attitude she brings to
the team huddle.