Valpo soccer sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) earned Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors for the second time in as many seasons and was joined on the First Team All-MVC by sophomore forward Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), highlighting a total of eight Beacons who raked in postseason honors Thursday evening as the MVC announced the awards.
Valpo placed a trio of players on the Second Team All-MVC: junior forward Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford), sophomore forward Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) and junior defender Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels). Junior midfielder/defender Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis) earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice, while rookies Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan) and Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) represented Valpo on the All-Freshman Team.
Coryell posted an MVC-best .865 save percentage within conference matches and tied for the MVC lead with five clean sheets in conference play. She surrendered just two goals over Valpo’s first seven matches of the MVC slate to help the Beacons secure the top-two spot and the corresponding bye to the tournament semifinals. Overall this season, Coryell boasts a GAA of 1.11 and a save percentage of .830, both marks on pace to be among the best in program history, while her career GAA of 0.82 is fourth-best in MVC history.
The only goalkeeper in program history to earn a league Goalkeeper of the Year award, Coryell is also the first player in program history to earn a conference postseason major award multiple times. She is the first Valpo player to earn First Team All-Conference honors in each of her first two seasons since Jackie Thomas did so in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2005 and 2006.
James earns First Team All-MVC accolades this season after receiving an Honorable Mention nod in the spring as a freshman. She leads the Valley in both goals (9) and points (21), marks which are both tied for seventh-best in a single season in program history. James scored match-winning goals in conference play against Missouri State, Drake and Evansville, making her the only MVC player with three match-winners within conference play. Two of her three assists this year came on match-winning goals as well, including the winner against Illinois State.
This is the second straight season Dugan has been an All-Conference honoree, claiming a Second Team All-MVC honor this season to go with her First Team selection in the spring. Dugan has played 1,154 minutes this year, the most of any Valpo forward. A key connecting piece up front for the Beacons, Dugan owns a pair of assists this season, including an assist on the match-winning goal versus Evansville.
DuSatko receives Second Team All-MVC recognition despite missing three of Valpo’s eight conference fixtures. She ranks second on the team in both goals (3) and points (8). Two of Dusatko’s three goals came in conference play — the match-winner in extra time at Indiana State and the opening goal in Valpo’s win at Missouri State.
Norfolk makes it three Second Team All-MVC honorees for Valpo for her steady presence at center back. She broke Valpo’s record for consecutive minutes played by a field player early this season, started all 17 matches this season and went the distance in 15 of the 17 contests. Norfolk anchors a defensive unit which has posted eight clean sheets this fall, five of which have come in MVC play. Offensively, she registered an assist on Valpo’s match-winning goal at Indiana State.
Coryell and James were the only two underclassmen to earn First Team All-MVC honors, while Valpo led the conference with five honorees between the first team and the second team. The last time Valpo had five players earn first or second team honors in the same season came back in 2005 in the Mid-Con.
Graf picks up Honorable Mention All-MVC recognition for her defensive work this season. She has appeared in all 17 matches, starting 15 times, and has played 1,314 minutes — third-most among Valpo field players. She started the season as a defensive midfielder before moving back to center back Sept. 24 at Indiana State. The Beacons have gone 5-1-1 with Graf starting at center back, including four shutouts.
Fish grabbed an opportunity early in the season and ran with it all the way to MVC All-Freshman Team accolades. Fish netted three goals in a four-match stretch in September, including match-winners in MVC play against Illinois State and Southern Illinois. That stretch also saw her record an assist on Valpo’s golden goal at Indiana State as well. Fish is just one of four players in the conference who scored multiple match-winners within MVC play.
White made an immediate impact this year en route to earning a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team. Slotted in at left back from the very start of the season, she has played 1,339 minutes this year — second-most among Valpo field players — for a defense which has posted eight clean sheets. White has shown the ability to get forward as well and scored a match-winning goal earlier this season at Robert Morris.