MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Head Coach Daniel Seiffert and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's soccer program are pleased to announce the 2017 recruiting class that includes nine freshmen who will look to make an impact in the upcoming 2017 season.
"We are very excited about this year's signing class and it's a pleasure to welcome them to the Cougar family," Seiffert said. "These young ladies constitute a solid group of quality student-athletes. They all have exhibited strong performances in their high school and club careers on the field, in the classroom, in their communities, and in their servant-leadership roles. As such, they are a perfect fit for our competitive culture. Having lost seven seniors from last year's team, we expect that this class will be able to make an immediate impact as they compete right alongside our veterans. We're looking forward to all that God has planned for them as they develop throughout their collegiate careers and as they contribute to our team and the MVNU community."
Missy Emery: Missy comes to MVNU from Lebanon High School, where she participated in soccer for 4 years, swimming for 4 years, and track and field for 4 years. The Lebanon, OH native will represent the Cougars on the soccer field and on the track, as she will be a duel sport athlete here at MVNU. Missy is the Sprint Medley record holder (Track), a two time Regional finalist in the 100-meter dash (Track), and holds the Lebanon Swim 200 Free Relay record.
"Missy is a strong defensive presence as she commands the central back line. She is very athletic, is terrific with her 1v1 defending, has great pace, and she has a real grasp of the game. Her strong work ethic carries over to all that she does, as her performance in the classroom and the community reflects. Missy has strong leadership skills and a real desire to excel. Her personality is contagious and she is just a real pleasure to be around."
Why Missy chose MVNU: I chose to attend MVNU for the friendly Christian atmosphere and the Business Program. After meeting players and Coach Seiffert at a recruit camp, I knew the values and coaching style were a perfect fit for me and no other college team could compare. I am so excited to be a part of the Cougar soccer program and cannot wait to be an MVNU student!
Adison Preston: Adison, a native of Westerville, OH, comes to MVNU from Westerville North High School, where she participated in soccer for 4 years, basketball for 4 years, and softball for 1 year. On the field, Adison earned OCC recognition as a scholar athlete, while being a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll.
"Adison is a solid outside defender with great pace. She is a very physical player and a strong tackler, traits that will be noticed immediately. Fierce on the field, she has a great demeanor off the field. Adison loves to compete, works very hard, and her excellent performance in the classroom reflects those qualities as well."
Why Adison chose MVNU: I chose to attend MVNU for the great soccer program and the Nursing Program. After attending a soccer camp and getting to know all the girls on the team and Coach Seiffert, I decided I wanted to continue playing soccer as a Cougar. I'm really excited about my future here at MVNU.
Alexa Skal: Alexa is a Mount Vernon native, committing to MVNU after a successful career at Mount Vernon High School. Apart from her career on the field, Alexa also participated in basketball for 4 years at MVHS. Alexa earned first team all OCC and MVP recognitions, while compiling a career stat of 104 goals while starting every varsity contest.
"We've known Alexa since her middle school years when she began attending our summer camps. Her development over those years has been terrific and that can be attributed directly to her strong work ethic, which is evident both on and off the field. As a forward, Alexa has a real nose for the goal and she is an excellent finisher. Scoring 104 goals throughout her high school career while starting all four years of that career attests not only to her overall skills but to her durability as well. All of her qualities will combine well to help her develop and contribute to our team."
Why Alexa chose MVNU: I am choosing MVNU for many reasons. Coach Seiffert is an amazing coach and I have had the honor of getting to know him better over the past few years by attending soccer camps and coming to watch the current Women's soccer team play. In addition to Coach Seiffert, the atmosphere on campus fit what I was looking for in a college. I intend to enter the Nursing Program at MVNU and it is very rigorous which I believe will be a good program to give me the information and experience I need in order to become the best RN that I can be. Overall, there were several factors that influenced my decision to attend MVNU, and I could not be any more excited to become a future cougar.
Abby Creech: Abby come to MVNU from Twin Valley South High School. The West Alexandria native participated in soccer for 4 years, track for 4 years, basketball for 2 years, and cross-country for 2 years. Abby was a state competitor in track and cross-country in her high school career, while earning first-team all conference and first-team all county recognition on the field.
"Abby is a very well rounded player who possesses all of the skills necessary to develop into a strong attacking midfielder," Seiffert commented. "Her 37 goals with 42 assists in her high school career reflect her balanced approach. She has good technical skills, great field vision, a terrific attitude, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Abby's dynamic playing style will serve her well at the collegiate level."
Why Abby chose MVNU: I chose to attend MVNU for the Christian based atmosphere and the Nursing Program. After attending a soccer camp and getting to know all the girls on the team and Coach Seiffert, I decided I wanted to continue playing soccer as a Cougar. I'm really excited about my future here at MVNU.
Paige Renz: Paige, a native of Galena, OH, comes to MVNU from Olentangy High School where she participated in soccer her entire tenure at OHS. Paige was a member of a state championship run in 2014, as well as a member of the Olympic Development Program all state team for two years. Paige was also a member of the Honor Society from 2015-2017.
"Paige is a very quick, attacking-minded midfielder with strong technical skills. She is excellent at taking on the opponent 1v1 and possesses great field vision. Her heart for playing the game is second to none and she excels in the classroom as well. Paige's extensive years of high school, club, and Olympic Development Program (ODP) experience will serve her well at this level."
Why Paige chose MVNU: I chose to attend MVNU for many reasons. I love the uplifting Christian atmosphere. I also love the people I have met that attend there. After an overnight stay getting to know the soccer team, I instantly fell in love and knew that's where I wanted to spend the next for years. I'm very excited for what the next four years have in store for me at MVNU.
Natalie Covert: Natalie hails from Wooster, OH and comes to MVNU from Wooster High School where she participated in soccer for 4 years and a year of lacrosse. Natalie helped Wooster to an OCC championship during her high school tenure, while earning first team OCC, first team all district, and first team all county awards.
"Natalie is a solid all-around defender with strong leadership skills," Seiffert says. "Her high school accolades both from on the field and from in the classroom reflect those excellent qualities. She has the skill set and the experience to develop into a strong defender at the collegiate level. Natalie's attitude is terrific, she has a deep desire to improve and get better, and she is just an overall great young lady in all respects."
Why Natalie chose MVNU: I chose to attend MVNU because of the outstanding education program, and I liked that it is a Christian based school. After meeting the coaches and teammates, I instantly fell in love with the team and knew that I had to play soccer as a cougar. I can't wait to experience my time at MVNU!
Aliya Stine: Aliya, a native of Troy, OH, comes to MVNU from Newton Local High School where she participated in soccer for 4 years, basketball for 4 years, track and field for 4 years, and cheerleading for 4 years. Aliya has also made an impact off the field, being a member of the National Honor Society (President for two years), Class President for 4 years, LEO Club President for 1 year and Director for 1 year, and FOR Club President for 1 year.
"Simply put, Aliya is a very driven young lady," Seiffert said. "She has been a four-sport athlete throughout her high school career, and to say that she has strong leadership skills is, at best, an understatement. Being Class President for four years, NHS President for two years, and President of two other clubs during her high school time is quite a fete! Aliya is a terrific young lady who has a physical playing style and a love of the game and those qualities will serve her well as part of our team."
Why Aliya chose MVNU: I love the Christian atmosphere and that it is a small school as well. When I came to visit, I felt at home. My mom and aunt are also alumni at MVNU and they both loved it. I am looking forward to continue my education and soccer career at MVNU.
Rachel Wyatt: Rachel hails from Delaware, OH and comes to MVNU from Delaware Hayes High School where she participated in soccer for 4 years. In Rachel's final year, she was the captain of her team and earned second team OCC recognition.
"Rachel is a quick defender with good pace and good defending skills. One of her strongest skills is her ability to read the game well. Her soccer IQ is very high. She has a strong work ethic, is very coachable, and is always looking for ways to improve and get better. These qualities coupled with her great attitude will help her develop into a strong collegiate player."
Why Rachel chose MVNU: I chose MVNU due to its small size and homey feel. I was very impressed with the Nursing program and especially attracted to the travel and mission opportunities. After meeting with Coach Seiffert and the soccer team I knew this was a place that I could succeed, both in the classroom and on the soccer field.
Sutton Fansler: Sutton, a Columbus, OH native, comes to MVNU from Westerville North High School where she competed in soccer as a midfielder and forward for 3 years. Sutton earned outstanding student awards in Math, English, Chemistry, American Sign Language, Zoology, and Visual Arts.
"Sutton is a very attack-minded player with great pace. She has good technical skills and possesses a quick and a real nifty presence on the ball. She has a nose for the goal and instinctively wants to play forward and looks to finish. Sutton's aggressive playing style together with her driven yet selfless attitude will benefit her overall development as a collegiate player.
Why Sutton chose MVNU: I chose to attend MVNU for the Christian based atmosphere and the smaller school setting. I also decided to attend MVNU because the school already felt like home due to multiple visits over the past 4 years. I was able to see the social atmosphere of the school by visiting my brother when he attended MVNU. I look forward to being a cougar and I'm excited to play soccer for the school!
The Lady Cougars posted an overall record of 10-9 against one of their strongest schedules ever which included seven ranked teams and among them the top three teams in the nation (NAIA Division I). While qualifying for their eighth straight post-season conference tournament, they also earned for their seventh straight year both the NAIA and the NSCAA Team Academic Awards with a team grade point average of 3.56. In addition, the Lady Cougars were once again honored with the prestigious NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award.