Three Soccer Players Earn All-Region Accolades
Monday, November 29, 2021
Three Soccer Players Earn All-Region Accolades

The Valpo women’s soccer program was well-represented as United Soccer Coaches released its All-Midwest Region Teams on Monday afternoon. Junior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) and sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) were Second Team All-Region honorees, while sophomore Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) was a Third Team All-Region selection.

Dugan earns All-Region accolades for the second consecutive season, as she was a Third Team All-Region choice in the spring. A two-time All-MVC honoree as well, Dugan played 1,258 minutes this fall, the most of any Valpo forward. A key connecting piece up front for the Beacons, Dugan registered a pair of assists on the season, including an assist on the match-winning goal in the regular season matchup with Evansville.

James earns the first All-Region award of her Valpo career after picking up First Team All-MVC honors for her work up top for the Beacons this season. James became the first Valpo player in program history to lead the conference in goals, scoring an MVC-high nine goals on the season to go with 22 points, tied for the MVC high. She moved into Valpo’s single-season top-10 in both goals and points as well. 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. In addition, two of her four assists came on match-winning goals as well.

Coryell repeated as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and has earned the conference’s top goalkeeping honor in each of her first two seasons. 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 second place in the regular-season standings and the corresponding bye to the tournament semifinals. Overall on the season, Coryell posted a 1.15 GAA and an .819 save percentage, both good for spots on Valpo’s single-season top-10 charts.

This marks just the second time in program history Valpo has boasted at least three All-Region selections in one season. Only the 2014 side, which had four All-Region choices, had more athletes honored by United Soccer Coaches than this year’s squad.