August 21, 20221st2ndFinal
Youngstown State000
VAL73:04Kiley Dugan (Kelsie James )
YSUKirkpatrick, Brooklyn90:0015
VALCoryell, Nikki90:0002
Stats at a GlanceYSUVAL
Shots (on Goal)9 (2) 17 (6)
Corner Kicks312
Yellow Cards20
Soccer Victorious in Home Opener
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Soccer Victorious in Home Opener
The Beacons celebrate Kiley Dugan's goal Sunday.

It was a simple formula for a Valpo soccer victory in the Beacons’ home opener Sunday — a goal in the 74th minute from senior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) plus another clean sheet from the Valpo defense equaled a 1-0 win over Youngstown State at Brown Field.

How It Happened

  • Valpo nearly had a dream start to the match, getting an open look in the box inside the first minute from freshman Molly O’Rear (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), but the rookie was unable to hit the target.
  • That proved to be a harbinger of how the first half played out, as the Beacons controlled play and kept the pressure on. Valpo earned nine first-half corner kicks, seven of which came in the first 20 minutes, and had seven first-half shots, but was unable to find the back of the net.
  • Meanwhile, on the other end, Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) dealt well with YSU’s lone shot on goal in the first half — a close effort in the 34th minute from Chloe Weiland — to keep the Penguins off the scoreboard.
  • The second half was more of the same, as Valpo had the better of possession and out-shot YSU over the final 45 minutes, 10-5.
  • The breakthrough finally came in the 74th The Beacons won the ball in the midfield and got it to Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) 45 yards out from goal. James turned and hit a pass out left to a sprinting Dugan, who took it at the top of the 18-yard box. Dugan continued her run until the edge of the six-yard box, where she cut the ball onto her left foot and slotted a sharp-angle effort past the YSU keeper inside the far post.
  • From there, Valpo was able to see the game out successfully, giving up no shot attempts over the final 10 minutes of the victory.

Inside the Match

  • Valpo is unbeaten through two matches for the fourth time in the last six seasons.
  • This marks the third time in program history Valpo has opened the season with back-to-back clean sheets, joining the 2012 and the 2017 squads.
  • Coryell made two saves on Sunday in the shutout effort, the 14th clean sheet of her career — tying her with Sydney Galvez-Daley for fourth-most in program history.
  • Dugan’s goal was the third of her career, her first since March 19, 2021 and her first career match-winner.
  • James now owns seven career assists, five of which have come on match-winning goals.
  • Sophomore Sam Gountounas (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) made her first career start on Sunday, while Andrea Garcia (Aurora, Ont./Cardinal Carter Catholic [Hartford/FDU]) and Sarah Epstein (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) made their respective Valpo debuts.
  • After going just three-deep into the bench on Thursday, the Beacons used 18 players on Sunday. Defenders Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) and Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) were the only Valpo field players to play the full 90 minutes.
  • Dugan and Norfolk extended their starting streaks to 52 consecutive matches apiece.
  • Valpo out-shot YSU 17-9, put six shots on goal to the Penguins’ two and held a 12-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Next Up

Valpo (1-0-1) heads out west next week for a pair of matches in the Centennial State, starting out with a contest Friday evening at Colorado. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.