Three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's soccer team were recently honored when the 1999 National Christian College Athletic Association All-East Region Team was announced.
Josh Robson, a junior forward from Mansfield, Ohio, highlighted the All-Region Team as he was tabbed the 1999 NCCAA East Region Player of the Year. The former All-Ohioan at Madison High School leads the Cougars with 24 goals and 62 points to go along 14 assists. Robson has scored at least one goal in 15 of the team's 21 matches this season.
Todd Pearce, a senior midfielder from South Amherst, Ohio, joined Robson on the All-Region Team. The former star at Open Door Christian Academy has recorded eight goals and 12 assists this season for a total of 28 assists. Pearce is also the career assist leader at MVNC with 53.
Rick Collins, a junior midfielder from Pataskala, Ohio, rounded out the Cougars on the All-Region Team. The former Watkins Memorial High School standout leads the team with 15 assists to go along with seven goals. Collins has also posted 29 total points.
Head coach Paul Furey was also honored by his peers as he was selected the 1999 NCCAA Co-Coach of the Year along with Greg Gidman from Roberts Wesleyan (NY) College. Furey has guided MVNC to a 15-4-2 overall record and the NCCAA East Region title for the second straight season. The Cougars are seeded fifth in NCCAA National Tournament and they will face fourth-seeded Christian Heritage (CA) College in the first round at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in Kissimmee, Florida.