ST. LOUIS – Nine Saint Louis University women’s soccer student-athletes, including three first-team selections, earned Atlantic 10 Conference postseason honors as announced today by the league office.
Sophomore defender Alli Klug was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year, giving Saint Louis two consecutive recipients after Kacey Bright won the award in 2016. Freshman midfielder Olivia Petit was chosen Rookie of the Year. Senior goalkeeper Mary Niehaus joined Klug and Petit on the All-Conference first team, garnering a spot on the A-10’s top squad for a second straight season.
Junior forward Maddie Pokorny and sophomore midfielders Courtney Reimer and Evie Lavelle earned second-team All-Conference accolades. Pokorny and Reimer collected postseason honors for a second consecutive year after landing on the 2016 All-Conference second team and All-Rookie team, respectively.
Freshman defender Brionna Halverson joined Petit on the All-Rookie team.
Niehaus, senior midfielder Lauren Tondl and sophomore forward Alyssa Seitzer were chosen to the 11-member A-10 All-Academic team by the conference’s women’s soccer sports information representatives. SLU’s three honorees led the league.
Saint Louis set program records with six student-athletes on the All-Conference first and second teams combined and three tabbed for All-Academic honors. The Billikens’ three first-team choices tied for the second most in program history.
Klug’s performance along the back line helped lift Saint Louis to the top of the A-10 in goals against average (0.49) and shutouts (13, including seven vs. A-10 opponents), numbers that rank 12th and tied for fifth, respectively, in NCAA Division I. Her 1,716 minutes (85.8 per game) ranked second among Billiken field players, and she played every minute in 16 of SLU’s 20 games. Klug and her teammates allowed just 8.5 total shots, 3.9 shots on goal and 2.6 corner kicks per game.
Klug earned an A-10 Defensive Player of the Week award, and she also contributed in the attacking third by scoring five goals, all against conference foes. She netted game-winners in consecutive contests vs. George Washington (in the 90th minute) and Rhode Island.
Petit led SLU with eight goals and 20 points, tying for fourth place on the Billikens’ all-time season lists for freshmen in both categories. She tied for fifth in points per game (1.00) and was eighth in goals per game (0.40) in the A-10.
Petit tallied game-winning goals vs. Vanderbilt and Saint Joseph’s, and she recorded four of her eight goals and three of her four assists vs. conference opponents. She garnered an A-10 Offensive Player of the Week award and twice picked up A-10 Rookie of the Week accolades.
Niehaus led the A-10 in goals against average (0.52) and save percentage (.861) and tied for first in wins (15) and shutouts (10). She is tied for seventh in shutouts, 16th in GAA and 20th in save percentage in the national rankings. In addition, Niehaus set Saint Louis single-season records for wins and GAA and tied for third on SLU’s single-season shutouts list.
A two-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, Niehaus concluded the season second in GAA (0.67), third in wins (29), tied for third in shutouts (19) and sixth in saves (125) on the Billikens’ career charts. She joins Meghann Burke (Conference USA, 2000 and 2002) as the only Saint Louis goalkeepers to earn first-team All-Conference plaudits twice.
Pokorny registered six goals (second on the team) and two assists for 14 points. She led the A-10 and ranked 50th nationally with 1.80 shots on goal per game, and she was third in the league with a team-high 3.15 total shots per game. Pokorny, who garnered an A-10 Offensive Player of the Week award, scored game-winning goals vs. Illinois State and Missouri State.
Reimer led the A-10 in assists (0.45 per game, nine total) and tied for sixth on SLU’s single-season list. Seven of her assists, including three on game-winning goals, came in conference play. Reimer added two goals, including the game-winner vs. Massachusetts, to finish with 13 points.
Lavelle finished third on the team with 15 points, chalking up five goals and five assists. Three of her goals, including the game-winner vs. Richmond, were scored in A-10 contests, and she had three game-winning assists. Lavelle earned an A-10 Offensive Player of the Week nod.
Halverson started all 20 games and finished second among Saint Louis freshmen with 1,259 minutes. Two of her three assists, including the game-winning helper vs. Davidson, came in conference action.
Tondl played in all 20 games and led Billiken reserves with 1,041 minutes (52.1 per game). She scored a goal and an assist, both in conference play.
Seitzer turned in five goals and six assists for 16 points, ranking second on the team in points and assists. She tied for seventh in the A-10 in assists (0.32 per game), and she led Saint Louis and tied for fourth in the league with three game-winning goals.