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.
Rita Mullins, a goalkeeper from Mansfield, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her soccer career at MVNC. As a senior at Madison High School, Mullins posted 11 shutouts in 19 matches as she was selected as the Ohio Heartland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a First Team All-District selection.
"I am very pleased to have Rita sign with us," said MVNC head coach Jonathan Meade. "As a goalkeeper, she will come in and contend early for playing time. In today's game, more and more keepers are being used as a support player for the field players, and with Rita's sound foot skills, she will help add that dimension to our game."
"Rita is also very athletic and brings with her three years of starting experience that will serve her well at the collegiate level," Meade added. "Plus, she has the character and personality that will gel easily with the team and campus community. I look forward to having her with us next year."
In addition to her accomplishments on the soccer field, Mullins has been active in student council and on the yearbook staff at Madison High School. She was also selected to Homecoming Court as a senior.
"MVNC is an all around nice college," said Mullins when asked about her college choice. "The soccer program is the first thing that caught my eye. It is a new program and it is growing. I love the game and I have always wanted to play after high school."
"The fact that MVNC is a Christian college also affected my choice," Mullins said. "I love the Lord, and this will help me keep close to him. Finally, Mount Vernon is not too far from home, and I can go home when I need to."
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.