The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer team took a big step in filling out its roster for its inaugural season as a varsity sport in the fall of 2000 as the Lady Cougars landed their first recruit for next year.
Lisa Hinman, a forward/midfielder from Syracuse, New York, has signed a letter of intent to play for MVNC after scoring 44 career goals and adding 15 career assists for Faith Heritage School. She closed out her stellar career with a team-high 16 goals and three assists in 20 matches during her senior season.
During her career, Hinman received numerous honors for her accomplishments on the soccer field. She was named to the Onondaga High School League Second Team in each of her first three seasons before making the First Team as a senior. She was also named a Section III Class D First Team All-State player as a junior.
"I am very happy about signing Lisa," said Lady Cougars' head coach Jonathan Meade. "She is extremely motivated to play soccer which is revealed through her dedication to training all year round. She will make an immediate impact on our team. Her speed combined with her ability to score will definitely make us a more offensive-minded team."
"Lisa has the ball control and vision to play in the midfield if necessary which is always a nice option to have as a coach," Meade added. "She is a great addition for our team not only in skill but in character, too. I know that she will represent the Lady Cougars well."
In addition to playing soccer, Hinman is a member of National Honor Society. She plans to major in Psychology at MVNC.
"Location, cost, playing sports, the size of the campus, and the dorms were all factors in my decision to attend MVNC," said Hinman. "The college also offers the major that I intend to study."
"Coming from a small private Christian school, I wanted to continue to learn in a small environment," Hinman added. "At MVNC, the professors are available and will be able to get to know me not just as another number. The dorms are also more spacious and modern than those at other colleges, and I like the idea of being able to stay in an apartment on campus after my freshman year."
"I also really like the soccer field at MVNC," said Hinman. "Coming from central New York, you do not see much green grass. Plus, New York is known for its nasty winters, and Ohio is much more mild."
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.