The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer team continues to fill its roster as the Lady Cougars prepare to take the field for their first season of varsity competition in the fall of 2000.
Sarah Rinehart, a 5-foot-9 midfielder/forward from Danville, Indiana, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her soccer career at MVNC. As a senior at Danville Community High School, Rinehart led her team in assists and was among the team leaders in scoring.
Rinehart, who served as a team captain for one season, was a two-time Hendricks County Honorable Mention selection. She was also selected to receive her team's Most Improved and Mental Attitude awards.
"Signing Sarah is great for the Lady Cougars," said head coach Jonathan Meade. "She is strong physically and mentally, and she will make us a better team in the air with her height. She plays with a purpose and is able to create opportunities for others around her. She will definitely compliment and fit in well with the other players on the team. I am very happy to have her coming to MVNC next year. Her strong faith in God as well as her soccer experience will have an impact on our team right away."
In addition to playing four years of varsity soccer, Rinehart has been a member of the basketball team for three years and participated in track for one year. She has also been active in Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"MVNC is a college with a good Christian atmosphere and good academics," said Rinehart of her college choice. "I am really looking forward to playing soccer for the Lady Cougars and being part of MVNC's good athletic program. I believe that MVNC is where God wants me to be."
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.