Five Valparaiso University women’s soccer players were honored this evening as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its postseason awards, highlighted by the selection of junior forward Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) as a First Team All-Conference choice.
Three Crusaders received Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades – junior forward Sydney Griffin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central [New Hampshire]), junior midfielder Kelsey Jahn (Oregon, Wis./Oregon) and senior defender Grace Rogers (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury). In addition, Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) represented Valpo on the conference’s All-Freshman Team.
Griffith tied Valpo’s single-season record with 11 goals scored, good for third in the conference. Five of her goals were of the match-winning variety to tie her own program record and share the conference lead. She also tallied a team-best 25 points – fourth in the conference and second-most in a single season in program history. Griffith ended the season strong, scoring six goals in the Crusaders’ final six matches of the year.
Griffin made an immediate impact on the Crusaders in her first year at Valpo, scoring six goals and tallying five assists. She ranked among the top-10 in the conference in both categories and finished the year seventh with 17 total points. Her five assists are also tied for fourth-most in a single season all-time at Valpo.
Jahn held down the center of the midfield for the Crusaders as a junior, starting 15 of her 17 appearances – including each of the last eight matches of the year. She went the distance for Valpo nine times and did not come off the field in five of the Crusaders’ last six matches. Jahn scored the first two goals of her career in the Crusaders’ first two Valley games at Missouri State and at Drake, tallying the match-winner against the Bears.
Rogers closed out her career with a flourish, setting a new program record for career assists in the regular season finale and then breaking the single-season assists record in the MVC Tournament. The defender ended the season with seven assists to set a new program standard and was tied for third in the conference in the category as well.
Maris found her role playing out wide for the Crusaders as a rookie in 2017, appearing in all 19 matches and starting on 14 occasions. She delivered four assists on the season, all of which came in Valpo victories and two of which were assists on match-winners.