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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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.
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.
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 www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.