Forward, Valparaiso, Sophomore
Catchur paced the Vikings with 29 goals as a 10th grader, putting her among the area’s leaders. She was part of a fast and athletic Valparaiso attack that advanced to the Class 3A semistate before running into the Homestead buzzsaw. Catchur was all-conference and Indiana Soccer Coaches Association all-district.
Forward, Wheeler, Senior
The 2018 Times Player of the Year tallied an astounding 42 goals in her senior campaign. Her 118 career goals are a big part of why the Bearcats played in back-to-back state championship games. “Lyric is known throughout the state as a dynamic offensive finisher, but she is truly special because she possesses all the intangibles that make her an incredible teammate,” Wheeler coach Bryan Murray said. She was first-team all-district.
Forward, Chesterton, Sophomore
In the conversation for player of the year, Joiner scored 27 goals and had 13 assists for the Trojans. She’s verbally committed to Valparaiso University. “Addy is a top class player who works as if she's not. She constantly wants to get better. I have no doubt she will,” Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said. “She can score goals so many different ways. She can score with her head, both feet and even unconventional goals.” Joiner was first-team Duneland Athletic Conference and all-district.
Midfielder, Valparaiso, Senior
Valparaiso’s co-captain had 11 assists to go with her 17 goals, three of which came in a key sectional semifinal win over Chesterton. Courtaney was a four-year starter for the Vikings and was named both all Duneland Athletic Conference and all-district.
Midfielder, Lake Central, Junior
Rainwater had a defining moment when she scored the game winner on a 50-yard free kick in the second half of the sectional final against Munster. Rainwater scored four goals and led the Indians with nine assists. She was named all-district.
Midfielder, Lake Central, Senior
The Valparaiso University commit left the high-level club soccer ranks to play for the high school team as a senior. Schuh was a key gear in the machine that won a sectional title, scoring 11 goals and dishing out seven assists. “Daena has been a great addition to our team, we only wish she would've played all four years,” Lake Central coach Shawn Thomas said.
Midfielder, Valparaiso, Senior
Shaw was all Duneland Athletic Conference and Indiana Soccer Coaches Association all-district. She scored nine goals and had five assists from her midfield spot for a Vikings team that never lost to a Region opponent.
Defense, Lake Central, Senior
Lake Central coach Shawn Thomas believes Testa was the Duneland Athletic Conference's best defensive player. She did a little of everything, even stepping in goal and picking up a save. The Indians posted nine shutouts. Testa marked Munster’s Adeline Andello — a member of The Times' second team — in the sectional final, helping to hold the Mustangs scoreless.
Defense, Chesterton, Junior
Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said Vesling was the vocal leader of a back end that allowed only three goals over an 11-game span. “Olivia was the best center back I saw in our area this year. She does everything I want a player in that position to do. She wins balls out of the air. She anticipates play well. Her positioning is very good. And she is very good with her feet,” Forgey said. “She was outstanding this season.” She was named all-Duneland Athletic Conference.
Defense, Crown Point, Senior
A four-year starter at center back, Surufka led an experienced Bulldogs defense that posted five shutouts. Coach Chris Mikrut called it the fastest and most technically sound defense he's ever had, and he's had some good ones.
Goalkeeper, Highland, Senior
Almost universally chosen by coaches as the area’s best goalie, Rinkema had 129 saves in 18 games. She tied the school record with 10 shutouts and holds it for career saves (432) and shutouts (25). “Morgan is one of the best goalkeepers I've come across,” Highland coach Courtney Condes said. “She's athletic, agile, smart, overall her height and build made her an ideal keeper.” She was an all-district selection.