The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's soccer team has added another player to its 2000 roster as the Lady Cougars prepare for their first year of varsity competition in the fall.
Cheryl Balogh, a sweeper from Lima, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her soccer career at MVNC. As a senior at Elida High School, Balogh scored eight goals and added six assists as she was named to the All-Ohio Third Team in Division II. She was also named to the Western Buckeye League First Team and the All-District First Team while also being selected as the WBL Tri-Player of the Year.
"Cheryl brings four years of varsity experience and leadership to the Lady Cougars," said head coach Jonathan Meade. "Her speed, height, and intelligence makes her an immediate asset to our team and specifically the defense."
"Cheryl is a quality young lady," Meade added. "She holds her academic and spiritual life to high standards and has proven committed to these areas in her past accomplishments. I am very excited to have her playing for us next fall."
Balogh, who was a four-year varsity starter on the soccer team, was also a three-year varsity starter on Elida's basketball team, and she was a member of the team that won the Division II state championship in 1997. In addition, she has volunteered at the Wellness Center at Memorial Hospital and helped with Vacation Bible School.
"The reason that I chose MVNC is because of its exceptional academic programs, the spiritual aspect, and the chance to play soccer at the college level," said Balogh. "These three things are rarely found in such a good combination. I also like the campus. It is very pretty and everyone is very friendly."
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.