While the Valpo soccer team saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, the Beacons’ strong defensive work helped them see out all 110 minutes of the match in a 0-0 draw with UNI. The one point that comes with the draw gives Valpo 16 points with two matches left in MVC play and clinched a top-two regular season finish and the corresponding bye to the conference tournament semifinals.
With seven wins in a row under its belt and a spot in the top-four in the MVC standings secured, the Valpo soccer team sets its sight on the next goal when it steps on Brown Field Sunday to take on UNI. The Beacons will earn a first-round bye and clinch a top-two finish in the Valley with a win or a draw against the Panthers.
The perfect run through the Missouri Valley Conference slate continued Wednesday night for the Valpo soccer team, as a 72nd-minute goal from sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) directly from a corner kick stood up as the match-winner as the Beacons defeated Drake by a 1-0 final Wednesday in Des Moines. The win — Valpo’s seventh in a row — was the program’s first-ever victory over the Bulldogs and improved the team to 5-0-0 in MVC play.
The plaudits continue to roll in for the Valpo soccer program this fall, as freshman Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday. Joiner becomes the seventh different Beacon to earn weekly honors from the conference office this season.
It was only appropriate that, on a night when the Valpo soccer program honored its five seniors on Senior Night at Brown Field, the Beacons found the back of the net five times in a 5-0 win over Cornell College Saturday. The win, Valpo’s sixth in a row, featured the first career goals for seniors Alexis Gaffney (Broomfield, Colo./Legacy) and Morgen Metzger (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc).
Winners of five consecutive matches and through the first half of the MVC slate with a perfect record, the Valpo soccer team briefly steps away from conference action on Saturday night as it holds its Senior Night at Brown Field, welcoming Cornell College. The return to Valley play comes next Wednesday with a visit to Drake.
After backstopping the Valpo defense to a pair of victories last week, surrendering just one goal over two matches, Valpo soccer sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) was selected Monday as the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Make it five wins in a row as the Valpo soccer team continued its perfect start to Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday in Springfield, Mo., getting early goals from Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) and Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) in a 2-1 win at Missouri State to improve its conference record to 4-0-0.
Winners of four in a row, the Valpo soccer team takes aim at a fifth consecutive victory and the continuation of its perfect start to Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday afternoon as the Beacons play at Missouri State. Sunday’s match marks the midway point of the conference schedule.