Golden Boot - Makenzie Langdok
There probably isn’t much that we can say that hasn’t already been said about Langdok after she has accumulated accolades over the past two seasons of WPSL play. The overall MVP also led the conference in goals scored. She scored 7 of the 29 goals (also a conference high) that Salvo SC scored to earn the Golden Boot,
Golden Glove - Taylor Lock and Kaitlin Maxwell
The Salvo parade through our post season awards continues, with the club also the most solid at the defensive end. Salvo’s platoon of Lock (8 games played) and Maxwell (9 games played) formed a formidable barrier. Each keeper gave up just 2 of the 4 (a conference low) that Salvo conceded in the 10 match regular season.
Season MVP - Makenzie Langdok
St Michael, MN’s Langdok earned the title of most valuable player by scoring or assisting on a full third of her team’s goals and a contribution averaging at either a goal or an assist every game as Salvo SC secured the one playoff spot, backed by strong performances around her. The Gopher was a strong performer for Fire SC last season before joining the exodus this past offseason.
Most Improved Side - Maplebrook Fury (6-1-3/21 pts up from 2-6-2/8 pts)
Maplebrook were another side to reap the harvest, both of the apparent implosion of Fire SC’s roster and of long-term club loyalties as they merged with Minnesota TwinStars and took their spot in the league. The results of these shifts was a big jump in points and wins from an 8 point, 2 win season to a 6 win, 21 point season.
Also an honorable mention for a Mankato United squad who forced a three way tie-breaker for the conference title as an expansion team.
Shortest Trip Award - Salvo SC
It’s hard to beat a home game for the shortest road trip, as Salvo SC was officially the road team in their Central Region Playoff match against Fortuna Tulsa. Although the presence of two other clubs in the Metro also meant lots of short road trips between Salvo, Fire and Maplebrook to balance out the long schlepp to Fargo.
Red Handed Award - Dakota Fusion FC
Fusion finished the season as marginally the least disciplined team, with three yellow cards, in a conference where no one was actually caught red handed. It is also a rare opportunity to commend the referees that there was no need for a red card.