The Valpo women’s soccer team kicked off its spring 2021 conference schedule on Sunday afternoon in Carbondale, Ill., battling host Southern Illinois to a scoreless double-overtime draw.
After an abbreviated non-conference campaign which consisted of three matches, the Valpo women’s soccer team jumps into Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday afternoon with a trip to newcomer Southern Illinois. Valpo head coach John Marovich enters the start of MVC action just one win shy of 100 for his career.
The Valpo women’s soccer team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC during the spring 2021 season, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches.
Valpo women’s soccer freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades from the Missouri Valley Conference Tuesday, while fellow rookie Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) picked up her second Freshman of the Week accolade in as many weeks.
The Valpo women’s soccer team equalized its non-conference match with DePaul Monday afternoon at Sparta Dome in Crown Point with a penalty kick in the 85th minute, but the Blue Demons pulled out a 2-1 victory as they found the back of the net with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
It might have been a non-conference matchup on the schedule, but the struggle for control in Wednesday’s women’s soccer match between Valpo and UNI felt like an MVC battle. In the end, neither side yielded as the fixture — played at the Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park, Ill. — ended in a 0-0 draw in double overtime. Freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made five saves to preserve the clean sheet, her first career shutout.
The Valpo women’s soccer team earned a pair of weekly honors from the Missouri Valley Conference following last Wednesday’s season-opening victory, as Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was named the MVC’s Defensive Player of the Week and Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) received Freshman of the Week accolades.
Returning to intercollegiate competition for the first time since November 2019, the Valpo women’s soccer team got the spring 2021 season started on the right foot on Wednesday afternoon at Sparta Dome in Crown Point, scoring the fastest goal to open a season in program history on its way to a 2-1 victory over Chicago State.
463 days after falling in the 2019 MVC Tournament, the Valpo women’s soccer team finally returns to competition this spring. Valpo will open the 28th season in program history by playing a trio of non-conference matches leading up to the start of the spring 2021 MVC schedule, facing Chicago State (Feb. 10) and DePaul (Feb. 22) at the Sparta Dome in Crown Point and taking on UNI in a non-conference matchup at the Indoor Sports Center in Rockford, Ill.