Villanova signs with Central Methodist University

Cloud County sophomore Joana Villanova signed with Central Methodist University on Friday
Cloud County sophomore Joana Villanova signed with Central Methodist University on Friday

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Joana Villanova proved to be a prolific goal scorer during her time in Concordia. And her knack for finding the back of the net has given her the opportunity to play at the next level as Villanova signed with Central Methodist University on Friday.

"It was a good fit for my future. I have friends at the school and the university provides me a lot of opportunities in soccer and as a student," Villanova said.

CMU is a NAIA program based out of Fayette, Missouri and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Eagles finished 16-6 overall last season and advanced to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Tournament.

Villanova, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, finished with 19 goals and 44 points in her career at Cloud County, serving as a captain this past fall and anchoring a sophomore class that finished 30-7-1 the last two years after the program was reinstated prior to the 2017 season.

She scored 16 of those goals in an explosive freshman season that saw her garner First-Team All-Region VI honors.

Villanova battled through injuries much of her sophomore season, limiting her to nine games. But with her back healthy, and with the ability to play in the midfield and as a forward, Cloud County head coach Charles Long said he anticipates a productive career for Villanova at CMU.

"She's going to bring a desire to win every day and the ability to work as part of a team," Long said of Villanova. "She really enjoyed the coaching staff and should fit in well there and will definitely be missed here. As an outside midfielder, she's as good as anyone around."