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The Suburbanite
  • Lake’s Milhoan to play soccer at Mount Vernon Nazarene

  • Lake High School Blue Streak senior soccer player Jared Milhoan recently signed a letter of intent to further his education and continue his soccer career at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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  • Lake High School Blue Streak senior soccer player Jared Milhoan recently signed a letter of intent to further his education and continue his soccer career at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
    Mount Vernon competes in the Mid-Central Athletic Conference as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
    Milhoan was a three-year starter and letter-winner at Lake. He was a team captain and the leading scorer (eight goals, six assists, five match-winning goals) for the Blue Streaks last year.
    He earned first team Greater Akron District (Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage and Wayne counties) honors as a senior, along with being named first team Stark County and Federal League.
    Milhoan also was selected to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region II team last summer.
    “I strongly believe in the vision that coach Belleman has for the team and the direction of where he wants it to go,” said Milhoan of his collegiate choice. 
    “When I had the opportunity to practice with the team, I felt as if they resembled a family,” he added. “I see that as key to having a successful team. I am excited to be a part of that.”
    Lake head coach John Meszaros said Milhoan “possesses a great first-touch, great field vision, excellent skills and a high level of tactical awareness.”
    “He was integral to our team's success last year, and will be sorely missed this fall,” he said.
    Playing in the middle of the field, Meszaros said he was involved in virtually all aspects of the Blue Streaks’ matches.
    “As a leader, he was instrumental in helping mold a very diverse team into a solid, competitive unit,” he said.
    Meszaros added that Milhoan  possessed a positive and upbeat attitude no matter what the circumstances.
    “He was always willing to try whatever I asked and then would offer his input,” he said. “With a player of this caliber that is pretty rare humility.”
    Cougars Coach Andrew Belleman said “Jared is a high quality young man who is going to bring leadership from day one to our program. He carries himself with a lot of maturity and strength, and I know that those qualities will filter down into the rest of the team,” Belleman added, “He is a tremendous player who will fit our style of play very well as he is always looking to pass and move. He is able to get forward well and should have a chance to score some goals for us in his first year.”