The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women’s soccer team will take the field for the first time next fall as a club sport and head coach Jonathan Meade has now signed his first two recruits to begin the roster for the inaugural team.
Kelly Evans, a standout from Big Walnut High School, was selected as a Mid-Ohio All-Star following her senior season in which she scored four goals while playing at the fullback slot. As a junior, the Sunbury, Ohio native scored 11 goals at the forward position.
"I am extremely happy to sign Kelly," said Meade. "She is a great player to begin to build our program around. She has superb vision and ball-handling skills, and she will provide the composure and patience of an experienced player that we need as we start our new program."
Besides her efforts on the soccer field, Evans has been honored as an Ohio Capital Conference Scholar-Athlete. She is a member of National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and received the La Sertoma Youth Service Award in 1999. She was also selected as Big Walnut’s Homecoming Queen this year.
"Ever since I attended church camps at MVNC, it has appealed to me on a social and Christian basis," Evans said. "I love the friendly atmosphere, and I will also enjoy playing soccer on the collegiate level with Coach Meade and the other players. MVNC has a history of having great sports teams, and I hope to be a part of that."
Anna Davis, a Mount Vernon High School product, has also signed to continue her soccer career and education at MVNC. Davis, a native of Howard, Ohio, was part of the Yellow Jackets’ inaugural season in 1999 as the co-captain scored seven goals and recorded six assists.
"I am very pleased to have Anna join the Lady Cougars for our first season," said Meade. "She brings excellent speed and a high work rate to our team. With her toughness and strength, I know that Anna will help prepare our team to meet the challenge of the physical style of play faced at the college level."
Like Evans, Davis is also a member of National Honor Society. She has been a part of the MVHS Chorale, and she received the Kiwanis Club Outstanding Geology Award during the 1997-98 school year.
"I chose to attend MVNC because of the Christian standards," Davis said. "I also really like the campus, staff, and students. I am looking forward to the Christian values that will be incorporated into my intended field of study as a social worker."
"As a club team, I feel that we have signed two players who will make an immediate impact for us," said Meade. "Furthermore, Kelly and Anna both hold high standards for themselves morally and academically which are characteristics that I value and want the Lady Cougars to exemplify."