Maxwell Wins Good Neighbor Award

by Missouri State Athletics

After a phenomenal season, both in the classroom and on the field, sophomore Kaitlin Maxwell has been awarded the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Good Neighbor Award, announced Tuesday by league Commissioner Doug Elgin.

Maxwell, who carries a 3.98 GPA in finance, collected a host of postseason accolades that included MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, All-MVC first team, All-MVC tournament team, and MVC Scholar-athlete first team.
The Lincoln, Neb. native totaled 114 saves during the season, ranking her second in the conference and sixth nationally. Her single season save efforts tie for fourth best in program history alongside Jackie Jasper in 2006. She tallied six shutouts and logged double-digit saves four times, and earned MVC defensive player of the week honors on Oct. 1 after collecting 10 grabs and shutting-out Northern Iowa.

Maxwell is making a difference in the Springfield area as a member of Buddy Bears, which works alongside at-risk students at Reed Academy. She also volunteers her time at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Lake Country Soccer, and Champion Athletes.

The MVC created the award in an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes. In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award honorees.