The Mountain Valley Conference (MVC) and the NJCAA Region III released its 2017 women’s soccer All-Conference and All-Region teams. Sophomore defender Courtney Conover (Scotia/Scotia-Glenville) was named First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-Conference, as voted on by the coaches in the NJCAA Region III and the Mountain Valley Conference, respectively. Sydnee Metzold (Rotterdam/Schalmont), Kaitlin Nadeau (Latham/Shaker) and Sydney Buhrke (Coxsackie/Coxsackie-Athens) also garnered Regional and Conference honors for the Vikings.
Conover was the defensive leader and team captain for the Vikings this season as she consistently stopped opponent attacks while clearing the ball out of the zone and up field to the Vikings forwards and midfielders. In her career, Conover became a permanent fixture in the Vikings lineup, playing in 33 games in two years. Conover also earned Mountain Valley Conference First-Team honors.
Metzold was named to the Region III Second-Team and the Mountain Valley Conference First-Team after leading the Vikings in every major offensive category this season. Metzold recorded a team-high 12 goals and nine assists for 33 total points. Metzold’s 33 points is the second most points recorded for the Vikings in the last 10-years, trailing Elisabeth Morehouse’s 46 points in 2015. Metzold was named the NJCAA Region III Player of the Week on October 18 after she combined for seven points on two goals and three assists to help the Vikings extend its win streak to five straight.
Nadeau earned All-Region Second Team and Mountain Valley Conference First-Team honors as the Vikings top goalkeeper in 2017. Nadeau was the starting goalkeeper in all 17 games this season and posted a 12-5 record, leading the Vikings to the NJCAA Region IIIA Championship game against top-ranked Herkimer College. Nadeau recorded 102 saves (.816 SV%) and averaged 1.42 goals against with five shutout victories in over 1,458 minutes in goal. Nadeau was named the Region III and National Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 27 after the Vikings defeated top-ranked Erie Community College 2-1.
Buhrke was named to the Mountain Valley Conference First-Team. The sophomore midfielder played in 16 games this season and scored seven goals and tallied eight assists for 22 points. Buhrke, a team captain displayed an aggressive, yet outstanding defensive skills and became a solid distributor on the offensive end for the Vikings this year. Buhrke was instrumental in the Vikings eight game win streak as she recorded 18 of her 22 points during the second half of the season, including a three-goal game on Oct. 8 against North Country Community College.