Lancers News · Cox Signs To Play Soccer At Bethel College


LAKEVILLE, IN. – LaVille senior Haylie Cox has decided to continue her academic and athletic career at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.  Cox signed a letter of intent to play women’s soccer in the fall of 2018 for coach Jamie Lindvall and the Pilots.

Cox was a sweeper and central defender for LaVille High School coach Daniel Pleninger’s Lancers that finished 15-4 overall and won the LaVille Sectional before the No.2-ranked Lancers were defeated, 5-0, by No.1-ranked Wheeler in the semifinal round of the IHSAA LaVille Regional.

“As a player I would describe Haylie as tough, she’s tough both physically and mentally,” said Pleninger.  “This last year I felt that Haylie became a much stronger player mentally. Even though I was only with her this year, I think that she has been through a lot during her career and has often times had a target on her back. Also, as a sweeper, there is a lot of pressure on you and your team is depending on you to make the right decisions. I am very proud of the way she handled the pressure this year and proud of her development in decision making.


“I think that Haylie’s toughness will be her biggest strength next year at Bethel,” continued Pleninger.  “She works hard during practice, she does not turn the ball over easily, and she continually fights through adversity. At the college level you are always playing against fundamentally sound players, but what makes the difference is your grit and your ability to do the little things correctly. Haylie has the grit to make it at the next level and is exactly the type of player Coach Lindvall would want for his program.”

Bethel finished the 2017 season with a 4-13-2 overall record and 2-7 in the Crossroads League.