The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer team continues to finalize its roster for the 2000 season as the Lady Cougars prepare for their first year of varsity competition in the fall.
Katrina Iles, a defender from Amelia, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her soccer career at MVNC. As a senior at Amelia High School, Iles recorded six assists as she started in 16 of the team's 18 matches. She also served as the team's captain and was the recipient of the team's "Thump 'Em" Award.
"Katrina is a great recruit for the Lady Cougars," said MVNC head coach Jonathan Meade. "She is going to make an immediate impact on our team, specifically in the back. She has great speed, challenges the ball strongly, and plays sound defense."
"What is even more exciting about Katrina is her ability to be an offensive threat from the back," Meade added. "She does a great job of stepping up to support the attack, looking to overlap down the flank, and she has the ability to make things happen when she gets the ball on the outside."
In addition to her accomplishments on the soccer field, Iles has been a First and Second Team All-Star in track. She holds school records in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200. She is also a member of National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society.
"The most important reason for choosing to attend MVNC is that I like the Christian values of the school," said Iles when asked about her college choice. "This has been the most important thing I have been looking for in my search for the right college. MVNC is definitely what I was looking for."
"I really like Coach Meade and I am extremely happy and honored to be playing for him," Iles added. "The students and the girls on the team are very nice and they made me feel at home during my visit. It also does not hurt that the campus is so beautiful."
"I could not be happier about having Katrina play for us," said Meade. "By having someone with the soccer potential that she has in addition to her strong commitment to Christ and academics, it is a win-win situation for both our women's soccer program as well as the MVNC campus community as a whole."
The Lady Cougars posted a respectable 4-7-1 overall record in 1999 as a club team playing mostly varsity competition. MVNC will be one of 12 schools competing for the American Mideast Conference women's soccer title in 2000. The AMC is made up of NAIA schools from Ohio and Pennsylvania.