by Morganne Lander
Headlined by Kaitlin Maxwell’s repeat Goalkeeper of the Year distinction, seven Missouri State women’s soccer players were honored with All-MVC laurels Thursday by the league’s head coaches.
Ashley Coonfield, Anna Durnin, and Kaitlin Maxwell landed on the MVC’s top postseason squad. MSU also placed a player on the league’s second-team, with forward Jordan Eickelman picking up her second All-MVC honor. Additionally, Olina Einarsdottir capped her senior campaign with an All-MVC honorable mention laurel. Unnur Bergsdottir and Jade Loftness rounded out the Bears’ honorees, garnering a MVC All-Freshman team nod.
Maxwell was chosen as the Valley’s top goalkeeper for the second consecutive season, marking the first time a player has repeated since the award inclusion in 2010. Along with the specialty award, she also received All-MVC first team laurels for the second-straight year. The Lincoln, Neb. product has held her opposition to 14 goals, the fewest among all MVC members in 2019. She leads the league in goals-against-average (.801) percentage and ranks in the top three in several statistical categories including saves, save percentage, and shutouts. Maxwell has played every minute this season, totaling 71 saves across 17 starts.
Coonfield proved to be an offensive weapon for the Bears in her senior season, totaling three goals and five assists for a share of the team-best in points (11). Two of her three goals were game winners, coming against non-conference SIUE and Valley foe UNI. She is tied for the MVC’s top spot in assists and runner-up in game-winning goals.
Durnin tallied three goals and an assist in her sophomore campaign, picking up her second All-MVC distinction after making the all-freshman squad a year ago. The Wentzville, Mo. product made an impact for the Bears in league play, scoring two of her three goals including the game-winner against Drake.
Eickelman was an offensive force for the Bears this season, sharing the team-best in goals (4) and points (11). She tallied two goals in conference play, including the game-winner in the Bears’ regular-season finale at Indiana State. The Derby, Kan. product recorded three assists, two of them coming in back-to-back non-conference contests against Tulsa and Murray State.
Einarsdottir started every contest for the Bears as a senior, playing a crucial role in a defense that held their opponents to the fewest goals among Valley schools. She totaled over 1,500 minutes on the pitch and contributed to MSU’s six shutouts.
Bergsdottir made an immediate impact for the Bears, recording a goal against three non-conference opponents. Her pair of go-ahead goals against Tulsa and Murray State earned her MVC Newcomer of the Week honors on Sept. 16.
Loftness played crucial time in every contest, totaling over 600 minutes on the pitch. Her defensive contributions helped the Bears hold their opponents to 14 goals and six shutouts.
The Bears enter the semifinal round of the MVC Women’s Soccer Championship as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 Illinois State on Friday, Nov. 8 for a 3 p.m. afternoon game at Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium.