The start of the 2008 Valparaiso University women’s soccer season will be the earliest in school history when the Crusaders face Ball State at Eastgate Field on August 22 as head coach John Marovich released the upcoming schedule.
Valparaiso University women’s soccer coach John Marovich has announced the addition of six players to join the Crusader roster in the fall as part of his 2008 recruiting class. Joining the Brown and Gold are Becky Clever, Brooke Henderson, Michell Nuccio, Candice Partee, Laura Romberg, and Tracy Roos.
Stephen Anthony has announced that he is retiring from coaching the Valparaiso University women’s soccer program and will now work fulltime as the associate director of athletics for business services.John Marovich, Anthony’s associate head coach, has been named the Crusaders’ new head coach by Valpo director of athletics Mark LaBarbera.
Valparaiso wrapped up its inaugural season of Horizon League play in fifth place with a 4-4 league mark during the 2007 campaign. The Crusaders finished over .500 for the fourth consecutive year, posting a 10-9 overall record.
Valparaiso University had a pair of individuals named to the Academic All-Horizon League Team in women’s soccer. Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) and Ani Michl (Deerfield, Ill./Stevenson H.S.) were selected to the 11-woman squad that was voted upon by the Horizon League’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors.
The second season for Valparaiso women’s soccer begins on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders begin the Horizon League Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. against Butler at 11 a.m. CDT. The Crusaders enter the championships as the fifth seed while the Bulldogs come in as the fourth seed. The contest will mark Valpo’s first postseason opportunity as members of the Horizon League.
Valparaiso will head to the 2007 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Championship, presented by the U.S. Army, as the fifth seed and head to Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday for an 11 a.m. CDT match against fourth-seeded Butler in the quarterfinals.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2007 regular season on Friday evening as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio for a key Horizon League match against Wright State. Valpo needs a win to keep hopes alive for a top-four finish in the final standings, which would earn the Crusaders a home quarterfinal game next weekend in the Horizon League Tournament.
Valparaiso recorded its second straight shutout and school record eighth of the season on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio as the Crusaders defeated Cleveland State 2-0 to improve to 4-3 in Horizon League play, moving into fourth place in the league standings heading into the final week of play.
Valparaiso began its regular season-ending three-match road trip throughout Ohio on Friday afternoon by shutting out Youngstown State 1-0 in Youngstown, Ohio to move into a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League standings.
Valparaiso begins its final three-match road trip to wrap up the 2007 regular season with a pair of key Horizon League matches this weekend in Ohio. Friday the Crusaders will play at Youngstown State before heading to Cleveland State on Sunday. Every match the rest of the season will play a major role toward determining seedings in this year’s Horizon League Tournament.
Valparaiso sent its six seniors away from Eastgate Field on a positive note on Sunday afternoon, scoring three times in the first 40 minutes of the match on the way to a 3-1 victory over Green Bay on Senior Day.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2007 home schedule this weekend as the Crusaders entertain Milwaukee and Green Bay in a pair of key Horizon League matches on Friday and Sunday. Following this weekend’s action, the Brown and Gold will have just three matches left in the regular season. PLEASE NOTE: FRIDAY’S MATCH AGAINST MILWAUKEE IS NOW A 3:30 P.M. START.
Kendall Brown (Lake Zurich, Ill./Carmel Catholic H.S.) scored a goal and had an assist to help Valparaiso post a 2-0 victory over Detroit on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field, giving Crusader head coach Stephen Anthony his 75th victory at the helm of the Brown and Gold.
Valparaiso heads to Chicago on Tuesday evening for a rare midweek Horizon League contest as the Crusaders battle Loyola. Valpo then returns to Eastgate Field on Friday to begin its final homestand of the season as the Crusaders welcome Detroit to town in another league tilt.
Ani Michl (Deerfield, Ill./Stevenson H.S.) scored twice and Sarah Jewell (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill H.S.) added a pair of assists as Valparaiso wrapped up its non-conference slate with a 3-1 victory over Indiana State on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso starts a stretch of five home matches in their next six contests this Friday afternoon as the Crusaders entertain Indiana State at Eastgate Field in the team’s final non-conference tilt of the season. On Sunday, the Brown and Gold will open Horizon League play for the first time as Valpo entertains instate rival Butler in the first of eight conference matches.
Bunny Dickson scored the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute as Pacific’s defense was able to keep Valparaiso off of the scoreboard as the Tigers posted a 1-0 victory over the Crusaders late Friday evening in Stockton, Calif.
Winners of four of their last five matches, the Valparaiso Crusaders head to northern California this weekend for a pair of non-conference contests. Valpo will battle Pacific on Friday evening and Saint Mary’s (Calif.) on Sunday afternoon before returning to Eastgate Field next weekend to begin a stretch of five home matches in six contests.
Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) headed home the match-winning goal just 1:36 into overtime on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Northern Iowa 1-0 at Eastgate Field.
A penalty kick off the foot of Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) proved to be the difference in the match on Friday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Belmont 1-0 at Eastgate Field.
Purdue, ranked 22nd in the nation in the latest NSCAA poll, scored twice in the first nine minutes of the second half as the Boilermakers defeated Valparaiso 3-0 on Wednesday evening in West Lafayette, Ind.
Having won two straight matches, Valparaiso is set for a busy week as the Crusaders play three contests over a five-day span. The Brown and Gold opens the week at Purdue on Wednesday afternoon before hosting Belmont and Northern Iowa over the weekend.
Valparaiso wraps up its season-opening homestand on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders welcome IPFW to Eastgate Field. The Brown and Gold then take to the road for the first time in 2007 on Sunday afternoon, traveling to Indianapolis to battle IUPUI.
Valparaiso scored a late second half goal and had pressure looking for the equalizer on Sunday afternoon, but the Crusaders fell one goal short dropping a 2-1 decision to Illinois State at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso opened the 2007 season on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout victory over Murray State at Eastgate Field. The victory marked the Crusaders’ third straight season-opening win, and first shutout ever to begin a new year.
Valparaiso opens the 2007 season at Eastgate Field this weekend with a pair of matches as the Crusaders begin their first season as members of the Horizon League. The Brown and Gold will host Murray State on Friday afternoon before battling Illinois State on Sunday.
Playing on the turf at Portage High School after heavy rains prevented Valparaiso from competing at Eastgate Field, the Crusaders opened exhibition play on Tuesday afternoon dropping a 2-0 decision to Creighton.
With every program there are changes on the horizon heading into a new season, and the Valparaiso University Crusaders are no different. However, for the Brown and Gold entering the 2007 season, the biggest changes are not with the players or the coaching staff, but with their league affiliation.