PIKEVILLE – One year ago Chelsea Schulte became the first University of Pikeville women’s soccer player to be named first-team all-conference. This season she repeated the honor.
Schulte was named the First-Team All-Mid-South Conference goalkeeper.
Schulte, a 5-10 sophomore from Burlington, was selected to the first-team in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Her own coach, Gary Warford, was not allowed to vote for his own players. That did not take away the pride he had in his player.
“Chelsea is a tremendous keeper,” he said. “She’s not just very good for us, or for the Mid-South or the NAIA. She would be a quality goalkeeper for any program in the country. We’re very fortunate to have had her for the last two seasons. She works hard to make us a competitive program against the best competition in the country.
The Conner High School product led the Mid-South in saves per game, turning away 8.56 per game. That was slightly more than two per contest more than the runner-up keeper.
Her total of 154 saves for the season was 30 more than the next highest keeper in the conference.
Schulte allowed 1.66 goals per game this season, which was tied for fourth in the league.
Schulte had three shutouts this season, and had her accomplishments despite missing time with a concussion this season.
Four honored academically: Four members of the soccer family were honored for their work in the classroom by being named academic all-conference.
Three of those were women’s soccer players. Kara Henning, a senior from Amelia, Ohio, majors in business administration emphasizing management; Katie Bates, a sophomore from Hazard who majors in psychology; and Elisa Suya Lopez, a sophomore from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who majors in business administration.
One member of the men’s soccer team was also honored. Nkengafac Lekealem, a sophomore from Quebec City, Quebec, was recognized. He majors in communication.