Valparaiso's first women's soccer season as a member of the Horizon League will be highlighted by 10 home matches, the most for the Crusaders since 1998, as head coach Stephen Anthony has released his 2007 campaign.
Valparaiso closed out the 2006 season in record-setting style, tying a school mark for victories while approaching or setting several other records. The Crusaders won their second straight Mid-Continent Conference regular season title, as well as their first outright crown, finishing the season with a 12-4-3 overall record.
Valparaiso University's Ani Michl (Deerfield, Ill./Stevenson H.S.) and Liberty Ziegahn (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service H.S.) were each named to the Mid-Continent Conference's All-Tournament Team the league announced on Saturday.
Valparaiso University head coach Stephen Anthony was named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight season and freshman Sarah Jewell (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill H.S.) was named the league's Newcomer of the Year as the conference handed out its year-end awards on Wednesday evening.
Valparaiso looks to defend its Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title as the Crusaders head to Rochester, Mich. for the league's premier event. The top-seeded Crusaders will face Western Illinois in the semifinals on Thursday, with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship match against either Oakland or Southern Utah.
Valparaiso will serve as the top seed in this week's Mid-Continent Conference Women's Soccer Championship beginning Thursday in Rochester, Mich. and face Western Illinois in the semifinals beginning at 10 a.m. CST.
On a cold, rainy afternoon at Eastgate Field, Valparaiso played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Southern Utah. The tie, coupled with Oakland's 3-2 loss at IUPUI gives Valpo back-to-back Mid-Continent Conference titles, including its first outright crown in school history.
Valparaiso looks to capture back-to-back Mid-Continent Conference titles on Thursday afternoon hosting Southern Utah at Eastgate Field. The Crusaders shared the league title last season, and are looking for the first outright crown in school history.
Valparaiso enjoys a week with just one match for the first time all season as the Crusaders host IUPUI in a key Mid-Continent Conference match on Friday at Eastgate Field in a battle of the top two defensive teams in the league. Valpo currently leads the Mid-Con with ten points, one ahead of Oakland.
A penalty kick goal for both Valparaiso and Centenary proved to be the only scoring on Friday night as the Crusaders and Ladies battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in Mid-Continent Conference play down in Shreveport, La.
Valparaiso takes to the road for the final time in the 2006 regular season this weekend as the Crusaders head to Shreveport, La. for a pair of contests. On Friday, the Brown and Gold face Centenary in Mid-Continent Conference play before battling McNeese State in a neutral site non-conference match on Sunday morning.
Kendall Brown (Lake Zurich, Ill./Carmel Catholic H.S.) and Sarah Jewell (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill H.S.) each scored twice as Valparaiso posted a 5-1 non-conference victory over Lewis on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso looks to extend its school-best eight match winning streak this weekend as the Crusaders step out of conference play for a pair of matches. On Friday the Brown and Gold will head to Fort Wayne, Ind. to battle IPFW while on Sunday the Crusaders will host Lewis on Senior Day at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso University's Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of wins on the weekend.
Jessie White's (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) with 1:24 remaining lifted Valparaiso to its school record eighth straight victory on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Oakland 2-1 in Rochester, Mich.
Valparaiso won its school record seventh straight match on Friday afternoon, while also setting a school mark for road wins in a season, as the Crusaders defeated Youngstown State 3-0 in Youngstown, Ohio.
After a brief two-match homestand, Valparaiso takes the longest winning streak in school history back on the road for its next three contests beginning with a pair this weekend. On Friday, the Crusaders will tangle with future Horizon League foe Youngstown State before returning to Mid-Continent Conference action on Sunday at Oakland.
Valparaiso University's Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of victories over the weekend.
Valparaiso scored twice in the first half which proved to be more than enough on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field and the Crusaders defeated Evansville 3-0 tying a school record with their sixth straight victory.
For the fourth time this 2006 season Valparaiso needed extra time for a victory, but Jackie Thomas' (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) goal with just 1:33 left in the second overtime period gave the Crusaders a 2-1 victory over Oral Roberts in Mid-Continent Conference play on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso returns home to Eastgate Field following a successful 4-0 road trip over the past two weekends. On Friday, the Brown and Gold host Oral Roberts in Mid-Continent Conference action, while on Sunday Valpo entertains Evansville.
Valparaiso opened the Mid-Continent Conference season on Friday afternoon with a 1-0 overtime victory over Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. for the Crusaders' third straight victory as well as their third overtime triumph of the year.
Valparaiso opens up defense of its Mid-Continent Conference regular season title on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Macomb, Ill. to battle Western Illinois. Valpo then closes out its four-match road trip on Sunday afternoon at Northern Iowa.
The Mid-Continent Conference announced Monday that Valparaiso University forward Kendall Brown (Lake Zurich, Ill./Catholic Central H.S.) has been named the league's Offensive Player of the Week following her efforts in a pair of Crusader victories over the weekend.
Lori Johnson (Sachse, Texas/Naaman Forest H.S.) scored twice and Valparaiso unloaded 39 shots toward goal on Sunday afternoon as the Crusader completed a weekend trip to Nashville, Tenn. with a 3-1 victory over Lipscomb.
Kendall Brown's (Lake Zurich, Ill./Carmel Catholic H.S.) second goal of the match came just 28 seconds into overtime as Valparaiso rallied from a late deficit to defeat Belmont 3-2 on Friday evening in Nashville, Tenn. as the Crusaders began a four-match road trip.
Valparaiso heads to Nashville, Tenn. this weekend for a pair of matches against Atlantic Sun foes. On Friday, the Crusaders will face the Bruins of Belmont before heading across town on Sunday to face the Lady Bisons of Lipscomb.
Valparaiso concludes its three-match homestand this weekend with a pair of non-conference contests. On Friday, Valpo will meet future Horizon League opponent Cleveland State, while entertaining Akron for the first time in school history on Sunday afternoon.
Tiffania Guisti's (Coventry, R.I./Coventry H.S.) first career goal 6:07 into overtime lifted Valparaiso to a 2-1 victory over Indiana State in the season opener for both schools in Terre Haute, Ind. on Friday evening.
Valparaiso will kickoff the 14th season of women's soccer on Friday, August 25 as the Crusaders travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to battle the Sycamores of Indiana State. The Brown and Gold will then return to Eastgate Field on Sunday, August 27 to battle future Horizon League foe Loyola (Chicago) in the 2006 home opener.
Valparaiso University's women's soccer team, the defending Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament champions, has been selected to finish in third place in the league this season according to preseason balloting done by the league's head coaches.
After claiming their first Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament title in school history, the lofty goal of repeating the feat and returning to the NCAA Tournament is on the minds of the Valparaiso Crusaders heading into the 2006 season.
Coming off of their first Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles, along with their first trip ever to the NCAA Tournament, the Valparaiso Crusaders have announced their 2006 women's soccer schedule.