Valparaiso University was one of just 23 Division I schools to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for both men's and women's soccer during the 2002-2003 season. The awards were handed out as part of the annual NSCAA Convention recently held in Charlotte, N.C.
Owen Hoyt (Spring Grove, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) helped Valparaiso to its first victory of the season over the weekend, and in the process was named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Valparaiso's men's soccer team had an offensive outburst for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon, and as a result the Crusaders tallied their first victory of the season, 3-2 over Centenary, at Eastgate Field.
Owen Hoyt (Spring Grove, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) scored Valparaiso's first goal in nearly 600 minutes, but it was not enough as the Crusaders dropped their Mid-Continent Conference opener to UMKC 3-1 on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
For the first time in school history the Valparaiso University men's soccer team battled to their second straight 0-0 after a double-overtime effort on Sunday afternoon against Xavier (Ohio) at Eastgate Field.
A year after qualifying for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons, the Valparaiso University men's soccer team will look to continue its climb up the Mid-Con standings as the 2003 season unfolds.