Former CATS Player Ryann Zourdos to Play Beyond High School

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Ryann Zourdos

Fresh off a record breaking season, the Mid Central Conference champion Spring Arbor University women’s soccer team continued to add depth and talent to their roster with the signing of goalkeeper Ryann Zourdos of Caledonia, Michigan recently.

The 5’7′ net-minder had interest and offers from a myriad of colleges and universities, including Wheaton College (IL), Alma College, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Cornerstone University and SAU’s MCC rivals Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Huntington University. She selected Spring Arbor for the campus culture, academic reputation and nationally recognized women’s soccer program.

“I was so impressed by all the opportunities for me to grow in my faith at Spring Arbor,” commented Zourdos. “Being surrounded by believers, both on and off the field was exactly the type of environment I was searching for. The challenge of joining such a prestigious soccer program is something I am really looking forward to, and they have created exactly the kind of Christ -centered culture in their program that I was looking for. I feel that Spring Arbor will provide me with plenty of room to grow and excel as a person and as a player. I can’t wait to get to work!”

Zourdos has accrued a plethora of achievements as both a high school and club goalkeeper. She has led Caledonia High School to three consecutive conference championships. The Fighting Scots have also captured a district title with Zourdos in the cage. As a freshman Zourdos broke the Caledonia season record for shutouts in a season and led the team to the best record in the history of the Fighting Scot program. Zourdos has played club soccer with Grand Rapids Crew Juniors, Michigan Hawks and the Soccer Club of Rockford. She is the head goalkeeping trainer for SCOR.

Also a standout in the classroom, Zourdos will accept the prestigious Trustee academic scholarship in addition to her athletics award. Zourdos serves as the co-president of her National Honor Society and Caledonia’s Students against Destructive Decisions chapter. She is also a member of Student Council and is active in the community as a tutor, mentor and youth soccer referee. Zourdos has been active in her youth group, has been on several missions trips and also holds down a part-time job as a waitress.

“Ryann has a lot going for her,” commented SAU head coach Jason Crist. “She is a very well rounded person and a vibrant Christian who will bring a lot of things to the table for us, both on and off the field. As a goalkeeper, Ryann is very solid technically. She plays angles well and sets herself up to make easy saves. She communicates and distributes well. We expect her to develop into a very good player within our program. It’s obvious to me that Ryann will be a good teammate and that she embraces the core values of our soccer program. She desires to glorify Christ with her abilities, and is motivated by that desire to compete at the highest level that she is capable of. We are very happy to have her.”

Zourdos will join the Cougars for preseason in August after rounding out her career with Caledonia this spring. She plans to major in Business Administration at Spring Arbor University. Ryann is the daughter of Bill and Gail Zourdos of Caledonia, Michigan and has a sister, Cari and a brother, Nick.

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