Kasparek, Orecchio earn honors
AVON — Monday, it was announced that both Tim Kasparek and Josh Orecchio were named to the men’s soccer Crossroads League Second Team.
For Kasparek, this marks the second time in as many years that he has been recognized by the Crossroads League for his exceptional play, earning First Team honors a year ago. Starting and playing in 18 out of the Cougar’s 19 games, Kasparek led the Cougars offensive attack this season, scoring 7 goals and 1 assist on the season. This led the team with 15 total points. His skill with the ball in the middle of the field for the Cougars helped to push the team forward and put pressure on opposing defenses all season long, leading the team with 21 shots on goal. Heading in to the offseason, the junior from Dusseldorf, Germany will continue working toward his degree in Sports Management.
In only his second season with the team, Orecchio earned recognition coming off his freshman season that was cut short after 6 games due to injury. Constantly seen driving the ball up the left side of the pitch for the Cougars, Orecchio helped move the offense, as well as provide support for the defense. His well-rounded support in all 19 games, with 17 starts, helped lead the Cougars to an 8-6-5 record. The sophomore from Marysville will turn his full focus towards his Business Administration degree as he heads into the offseason.
Connor Davis earns CoSIDA distinction
MOUNT VERNON — Junior Connor Davis of MVNU Men’s Soccer was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team.
The award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the field or court of play. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale, must have reached sophomore status academically with one full year at the current institution of enrollment and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions during the current season.
The Biology (Pre-Med) major from Lewistown played 18 games (all starts) for the Cougars in 2018. Davis had five goals on the season.
Gibson, Preston, Skal, Chrysler, Huff earn league honors
AVON — Monday, it was announced that Morgan Gibson, Adison Preston, and Alexa Skal were named to the All-Crossroads League Team. In addition, Anna Chrysler and Hayley Huff were both named to the Crossroads League Honorable Mention Team. These awards recognize the outstanding season that these five players put together for the Lady Cougars.
Gibson ends her career at MVNU on a high personal note, earning All-Conference recognition. The senior from Lebanon, Ohio started and played in all 19 games for the Lady Cougars this season. Playing in the midfield, she was second on the team in both goals (5) and points (13). Even beyond her personal numbers, her efforts all through the season helped to set up her teammates and the Cougars offensive success as a whole. Her attitude of helping others also transfers over to more than just the soccer field, as she looks to move closer toward completing her Nursing degree at MVNU.
Building off her freshman season, Preston really came in to her own for the Cougars this season. Making an appearance in 18 games, including 17 starts, the sophomore defender from Westerville made her mark all over the field. Flying up and down the right sideline, she helped the Cougars defend, and then turn that defense into a potent attack. Her ability to stretch the defense was very crucial in opening up opportunities for the Cougar offense all season long. As she heads into her junior season next year, she also looks to head closer to completing her Exercise Studies degree as well.
Alexa Skal was a reliable force on offense all season long for MVNU, as she contributed with a team high 13 goals and 29 total points. The sophomore capitalized on her scoring opportunities, and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time for the Cougars. Skal is from Mount Vernon, and is pursuing a degree in Nursing.
In Chrysler’s first full season as the goalkeeper for the Cougars, she played and started in all 19 games. The junior from Hilliard only allowed 14 goals against in those 19 games. Earning a .712 goals against average during that span. Her 98 saves were good enough to account for a great 87.5 percent save percentage. Chrysler’s season efforts were also good enough to earn 7 shutouts. Off the pitch, Chrysler will continue working toward her degree in Public Relations as she heads in to the offseason.
After playing and starting in all 19 contests, Huff contributed greatly in the strong defense that the Cougars put forth throughout the season. Her efforts in the middle of the Cougar’s back line was the backbone to the team’s 11-5-3 record. As she heads into the offseason, the freshman from Mansfield will continue to build towards her Accounting major.