Sam Gountounas

#3 Sam Gountounas

Pos. D
Ht. 5-4
Yr. So.
Hometown Tinley Park, Ill.
High School (Prev. School) Andrew

2023: Appeared in all 23 matches as a junior, making 16 starts ... played a total of 1,427 minutes, including the full 90 minutes twice ... showcased her versatility, splitting time between forward and outside back ... opened season with game's first goal in win over Eastern Illinois Aug. 17 ... found the back of the net in MVC play in Sept. 24 win at Indiana State ... recorded first career assist in Valley win at Southern Illinois Oct. 12 ... versatility proved key in MVC title game victory at Drake Nov. 5, as she started at forward and played 32 minutes there before shifting to right back due to injury for the final 58 minutes of the shutout win ... recorded 28 shots on the season, six of which were on target.

2022: Appeared in 14 matches as a sophomore, making the first two starts of her career - Aug. 21 in win over Youngstown State, and Sept. 2 against Chicago State ... played the full 90 minutes in the latter match ... played a total of 480 minutes ... scored first career goal in MVC win over UIC Sept. 22 ... had a key 67-minute shift defensively to help Valpo claim all three points with road win at Belmont Oct. 13 ... registered four shots on the season, all of which were on goal.

2021: Appeared in six matches off the bench in her first season at Valpo ... saw 95 minutes of action ... tallied a shot attempt Oct. 9 in win over Cornell College.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Thunderbolts ... helped team finish fourth in state in 2018 ... earned All-Conference and All-Sectional honors as a senior in 2021 ... played club soccer for Chicago Inter ... helped side to Midwest Regional championships in 2019 and 2021.

Personal: Daughter of Barb and John Gountounas ... sister Sydney played for Valpo soccer program 2014-2017 ... major is nursing.