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2006-07 Men's Soccer News
May 16, 2007
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that two transfers and 16 incoming freshmen will join the Crusader program for the 2007 season.
May 15, 2007
A game September 16 against Loyola (Chicago) at Toyota Park in Chicago highlights the 2007 Valpo men's soccer schedule, released today by head coach Mike Avery.
April 18, 2007
Valparaiso's men's soccer team will hold a residential camp for high school players to prepare them for a career on the collegiate level from June 17-20.
January 18, 2007
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Mike Avery has been named the third head coach in the 24 years of the Crusader men's soccer program.
December 14, 2006
Valparaiso University was one of just 11 schools in all of NCAA Division I to be the recipient of the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
December 12, 2006
The 2006 Valparaiso men's soccer team concluded its final season of action in the Mid-Continent Conference with seven victories, the most by a Crusader team in nearly a decade.
November 29, 2006
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that after a review of the men's soccer program, the decision has been made not to retain Mis' Mrak as the Crusaders' head coach.
November 02, 2006
D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central [Ohio State]) was named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team, the league announced today, while Joel Wagner (Algonquin, Ill./Dundee Crown) was honored as a member of the league's All-Newcomer Team.
October 27, 2006
Valparaiso's bid to earn a repeat trip to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament was thwarted Friday, as the Crusaders dropped a 5-1 decision at Western Illinois.
October 25, 2006
Valparaiso closed out its 2006 home slate Wednesday afternoon at Eastgate Field, falling 1-0 to the visitors from Eastern Illinois.
October 24, 2006
The Valparaiso men's soccer team closes out the regular season this week with a pair of matches. Wednesday's home finale against Eastern Illinois will be Senior Day, as eight Crusader seniors will be honored at halftime. Valpo then heads to Western Illinois Friday, where a win will clinch a spot in the Mid-Con Championship for the second consecutive season.
October 21, 2006
Despite Jon Brighton's (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County) fourth goal of the season, Valparaiso could not come away with a victory Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., losing a key Mid-Con battle to UMKC, 2-1.
October 18, 2006
Valparaiso dropped a 2-0 decision to Michigan State on Wednesday evening in East Lansing, Mich.
October 17, 2006
The Valpo men's soccer team will look to separate themselves from the pack of teams fighting for berths in the Mid-Con Championship in a Saturday game at UMKC. Prior to that match, the Crusaders travel for a non-conference match at Michigan State on Wednesday.
October 14, 2006
In a hard-fought Mid-Con battle at Eastgate Field Saturday afternoon, freshman Eric Weigman scored in the 64th minute to put IUPUI in front and the Jaguars survived several Crusader near misses to earn a 1-0 win.
October 12, 2006
Valpo will take on IUPUI Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders' final Mid-Con home match of the season, trying for a school record tying sixth win of the season at home.
October 08, 2006
Sean McGinnis (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) posted a shutout in his first start of the season and Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) tallied his fourth match-winner of the season as the Crusaders blanked IPFW 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 04, 2006
Valpo mounted a furious comeback from a 4-0 hole on a windy afternoon in Evanston, Ill. but came up short, dropping a 4-2 decision to Northwestern Wednesday.
October 03, 2006
After playing five of their last six at home, the Crusaders, ranked ninth in the Midwest Region, are on the road this week against Northwestern and IPFW. The Brown and Gold are 1-2 on the road this season, but 6-4 overall, matching last season's win total, three shy of a program record.
October 02, 2006
Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), Valpo's sterling freshman keeper, was named the Mid-Continent Conference's Defensive Player of the Week today after shutting out preseason conference favorite Oakland Saturday at Eastgate Field.
September 30, 2006
Freshman Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) scored his third match-winning goal of the season and classmate Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) posted his fourth shutout of the year as Valpo knocked off preseason conference favorite Oakland for the second year in a row, 1-0 Saturday at Eastgate Field in Valparaiso, Ind.
September 29, 2006
Coming off a tough road loss at Centenary last weekend, the Crusaders have a shot at revenge Saturday at Eastgate Field when they host Oakland at 12:00 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies ended Valpo's 2005 season with a 4-2 win in the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
September 23, 2006
Centenary scored twice within just over two minutes late in the second half on Saturday afternoon as the Gents handed Valparaiso its first Mid-Continent Conference loss of the season 4-2 in Shreveport, La.
September 20, 2006
The Crusaders are on the road for the first time in three weeks, traveling to Shreveport, La. to take on the Centenary Gents Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in their second Mid-Con match of the season. No Valpo men's soccer team has started conference play 2-0 since 1997, something the Brown and Gold can do with a win.
September 18, 2006
For the first time in his four-year career, midfielder Jeremy Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Offensive Player of the Week.
September 17, 2006
Despite an 18-3 shot advantage in the second half and Viking red card in the 85th minute, the Crusaders could not overcome a halftime deficit and lost 2-1 to Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
September 15, 2006
After 82 minutes of scoreless soccer, Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County) got the Crusaders on the board and an insurance goal two minutes later secured the win as Valpo defeated Oral Roberts for the first time since 1998, 2-0 at Eastgate Field Friday night.
September 14, 2006
Ranked #7 in the Midwest Region by the NSCAA, the Crusaders open their final season in the Mid-Continent Conference Friday night against rival Oral Roberts at 4:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, Valpo gets a glimpse at the future taking on the Horizon League's Cleveland State at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at Eastgate Field and both will be broadcast live on 95.1 FM and online at
September 10, 2006
The Buffalo Bulls scored the first four goals of the match and got a hat trick from Andrae Clarke en route to a 5-1 win over the Crusaders Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field in Valparaiso, Ind.
September 08, 2006
J.J. Eschenburg (Edgewood, N.M./Moriarty) had a goal and an assist and Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made seven saves for his second shutout of the season as the Crusaders improved to 4-1 with a 2-0 win over Western Michigan Friday night at Eastgate Field.
September 07, 2006
The honors keep rolling in for the Crusader men's soccer team, ranked sixth in the NSCAA Midwest Region, as today senior forward D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) has been named to the Soccer Times National Weekly Honor Roll for his play at the Copa de Causeway Tournament in California.
September 07, 2006
Off to the best start in program history, the 3-1 Crusaders begin a four-match homestand Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Western Michigan before taking on Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be carried live on 95.1 FM and online at
September 06, 2006
For the first time in the program's 24-year history, the Crusader men's soccer team has earned a regional ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), checking in sixth in this week's Midwest Regional Poll.
September 05, 2006
D.J. Catrow's (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) four-goal performance at the Copa de Causeway Tournament in California has netted the senior the Mid-Con's Offensive Player of the Week Award, the league announced today.
September 04, 2006
For the second straight match D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) scored two goals, but Monday night it was not enough as Valpo lost for the first time all season, falling 3-2 at Sacramento State in the final match of the Copa de Causeway Tournament.
September 02, 2006
D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) scored twice in the first 17 minutes and the Brown and Gold withstood a relentless UC-Davis attack in the second half for a 3-2 win Saturday night at the Copa de Causeway Tournament in Davis, Calif., moving to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 1987.
August 31, 2006
Paul Leitlet's (Munster, Ind./Munster) four-goal, two-assist weekend has netted the midfielder a couple more awards, as he has today been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Times National Player of the Week.
August 30, 2006
At 2-0 for the first time since 1987, the Crusaders head west for the Copa de Causeway Tournament against UC-Davis and Sacramento State. Valpo will be in action Saturday night in Davis, Calif. and Monday afternoon in Sacramento.
August 28, 2006
After one of the most impressive weekends in school history, Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Offensive Player of the Week and was placed on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
August 27, 2006
Paul Leitlet (Munster, Ind./Munster) recorded the first Valpo hat trick in 11 seasons and Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) capped a furious Crusader rally with a double-overtime winner as Valpo improved to 2-0 on the season by upending Evansville 5-4 (2ot) at Eastgate Field Sunday afternoon.
August 25, 2006
Freshman Steve Shively's (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) first career goal was a match-winner, giving the Crusaders a season-opening win for just the second time in the last 16 years, and leading Valpo to a 2-0 win over DePaul Friday night at Eastgate Field.
August 24, 2006
The Crusader men's soccer team begins a season-long quest back to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Friday night at 5:00 at Eastgate Field against DePaul before welcoming Evansville to Valparaiso Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.
August 20, 2006
After nearly 70 minutes of scoreless soccer, the 24th-ranked UW-Milwaukee Panthers found the back of the net and held on late to top Valpo 1-0 Sunday at Eastgate Field in the Crusaders final exhibition tune-up of the 2006 season.
August 18, 2006
The Crusader men's soccer team opened the 2006 season Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, falling 2-0 to Xavier (Ohio) in an exhibition match.
August 16, 2006
After back-to-back seasons watching the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament from the outside, the seven 2006 seniors guided the Crusader men's soccer team to a 3-2-1 league mark in 2005 and a first trip to the conference's premier event since 2002. With their top five scorers back, the Brown and Gold have all the pieces in place to build on that success in 2006.
August 15, 2006
The 2006 Valparaiso University men's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Mid-Continent Conference in a poll of the league's seven head coaches.
May 30, 2006
Coming off only their second trip to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament since 1998, Head Coach Mis' Mrak today announced the 2006 men's soccer schedule, a lineup that includes 10 home matches at Eastgate Field.
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