The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer team has added two more recruits for the 2000 season as the Lady Cougars continue to fill their roster in preparation for their first season of intercollegiate competition.
Janelle Wine, a forward from Bourbonnais, Illinois, and Sheri Shuler, a defender from Gahanna, Ohio, have both signed letters of intent to further their education and continue their soccer careers at MVNC.
Wine led Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School to a 30-5 record and two conference championships over the past two seasons as she scored 46 goals and added 16 assists. She is a two-time All-Conference First Team selection, and she has recorded seven career hat tricks. She has also scored more than one goal in 15 career matches.
"I am extremely pleased to have Janelle sign with us," said MVNC head coach Jonathan Meade. "She is explosive up front and has scored many goals for her high school team. I look forward to having her bring that same success to MVNC."
"Besides being a highly-skilled player, Janelle plays with intelligence, character, and a strong desire to win," Meade added.
In addition to her achievements on the soccer field, Wine has also excelled in the classroom and in other areas. She is a member of National Honor Society, Who's Who Among Students in American High Schools, and an Illinois State Scholar. She is also the orchestra vice president, a member of the newspaper staff, and on her church youth council. She ranks eighth in grade point average in her class of 360 students.
"MVNC is not only a school, but a place where I can grow in a variety of ways," explained Wine of her college choice. "Many of my family members and friends have had some affiliation with MVNC, so I have had multiple opportunities to see what makes it different from other colleges. It is appealing to me due to its God-focused mindset and the incredible people there."
By attending MVNC, Wine will also be reunited with her brother, Jeff, who is a junior outfielder on the Cougars' successful baseball team.
Shuler, a former standout at Gahanna-Lincoln High School, will transfer to MVNC after playing two seasons on the varsity team at the University of Findlay. She played in 17 career matches for the Lady Oilers, and she recorded two goals.
"Sheri is a great player to have sign with us," said Meade. She comes from a strong program (Findlay), and she has gained valuable collegiate experience that the Lady Cougars will definitely benefit from. She will add toughness, knowledge, and composure in the back. I feel that she will make an immediate impact on our young program."
"I chose to transfer to MVNC for a number of reasons," Shuler said. "MVNC offers me the academics and atmosphere that are better suited for my needs. It will allow me to develop stronger as an individual and a Christian. It will also allow me to contribute to the success and development of the women's soccer program. In addition, I will have the unique opportunity to play college soccer with my sister (sophomore Holly Shuler)."
"Signing Janelle and Sheri are two more positive steps in the right direction for the MVNC women's soccer program," said Meade. "Their soccer abilities as well as their personalities will be a great addition not only to the team but to the entire campus."
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.