OCU Sign's First Women's Soccer Player
OCU Athletics approved earlier this year that a women's soccer program will begin in the fall of 2009 and on 3/23/09, they signed their first recruit. Hannah Woolever, of Teays Valley High School, signed her letter of intent and it makes a special moment in Pickaway County sports. "I was a teacher at Teays Valley during Hannah's Freshmen through Junior years. So, I already know what she can bring to the table, as in soccer. I also know that she is a good kid and I look forward to her growing up even more at OCU. It's also exciting that one of my former students is our first signed women's player here at OCU. So it is nice to see things come full circle" mentioned Coach Murton. Her coach in high school, Coach Mike Sauers added, "She's a tough, physical player and they have a good one coming to them." Hannah will be a versatile player for OCU. In high school she played some time in the midfield and some time in the defense. If coach Murton had any worries of Hannah not being a team player, or not a giving individual, then the picture would solve any of those worries. Hannah, her sister Jolene and her Mother Joan all donated their hair to be used as wigs for cancer patients.
With the start of a new program, most schools struggle to keep interest afloat. Head Coach Josh Murton doesn't feel that way at OCU. "We have 15 to 16 women now who are on our roster. I guess for most it is hard to start up a program, and maybe I am being naive, but the energy in getting this going has come from the girls already on campus. So now my focus has been to bring in more talent so we can be competitive on the practice field as well as the game field."
The Women will compete in the NCCAA Mid-East Region where common foes of Johnson Bible College and Kentucky Christian University play. Also slated for the '09 schedule are St. Catherine College, Malone College, both NAIA teams and Atlanta Christian a fellow NCCAA affiliated team. "We are a varsity team, so we have an opportunity to play in the post season. For this first year, we are scheduling 8 games which do not include any post season play. So we as a team are grateful to the University for taking this on and giving us an opportunity to represent our school and community", added Murton. "After we have success this year, then we can load up our schedule and give our community another program to be proud about year in and year out."