Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today his side’s schedule for the 2012 campaign, a slate which includes four games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, three of which will take place at Brown Field. The Crusaders are coming off a 2011 season in which they captured the Horizon League regular season championship.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team gathered in front of a group of over 100 family members and friends last weekend at the Harre Union for its annual end-of-season awards ceremony, celebrating a 2011 campaign which saw the Crusaders capture their first Horizon League regular season championship.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hosted its second annual head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Friday, benefiting funding to find cures for childhood cancers. Over 60 volunteers had their heads shaved on Friday as the donations soared past multiple goals set by the Crusaders, already totaling over $18,000.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team will be getting their heads shaved for the second consecutive year and will be joined by, among others, Valparaiso University president Dr. Mark Heckler in the Harre Union on Friday, March 30 at 11 a.m. as the Crusaders raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
In a group that features one high-profile transfer, and four talented incoming freshmen, Valparaiso head coach Mike Avery announced today that five more players have committed to the men’s soccer program for the 2012 season. The five newest additions are transfer Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./Benedictine University) and incoming freshmen Ty Unger (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek), Nicholas Kane (Cleveland, Ohio/Mayfield), Alex Lindsey (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), and Bernard Tume (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral).
Looking to build on a historic 2011 season that saw Valparaiso claim the Horizon League regular season championship, head men’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced a group of three incoming freshmen and two transfers who will continue their soccer careers at Valpo in 2012. The five newest additions are Jordan Aidoud (L’Isled’Abeau, France), Alvaro Betancourt (Caguas, Puerto Rico), Yannick Iwunze (Paris, France), Patrick McNulty (Waukesha, Wis.) and Michael Walsh (Wilmington, N.C.).
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team placed a league-high four student-athletes on the Horizon League men’s soccer Academic All-League team, as Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias), Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth), Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) all earned the accolades after helping the Crusaders to the 2011 Horizon League regular season title while also excelling in the classroom.
Center back Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson) became the first player in Valparaiso men’s soccer history to be drafted into Major League Soccer on Tuesday, as he was selected with the fifth pick of the third round of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by Sporting Kansas City.
Valparaiso junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) has been named a Third Team Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for his performance in 2011, both on the field and in the classroom. Zobeck was one of just 35 Division I student-athletes to earn a spot on the NSCAA Scholar All-American squads.
Two more Valparaiso men’s soccer players have received NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors, as fifth-year senior Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) both earned spots on the All-Region Third Team. The duo joins fifth-year seniorStefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]), who was revealed as a First Team All-Region honoree late last week.
Fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) has been named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, as released by the organization Friday morning.
Valparaiso University Men's Soccer is proud to announce their 2012 Valpo VIP Spring Day Camp dates of March 18th and April 22nd. These one-day events are an alternative to the customary overnight camp and offer the serious high school, or post-high school, male soccer athlete a focused curriculum designed to assist them as they prepare and grow as soccer players.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program has once again been honored as a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, earning recognition for the ninth straight year.
Fifth-year senior defenders Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) represented Valparaiso on the Horizon League Men’s Soccer All-Tournament Team as the championship concluded on Sunday.
Despite its school-record 11th shutout of the season, Valparaiso couldn’t find a goal of its own in the second semifinal of the 2011 Horizon League Championship Friday evening at Brown Field as the game went through two overtimes at 0-0, and sixth-seeded Loyola eventually won a seven-round shootout by a 5-4 score to advance to Sunday’s championship match.
For the first time since joining the Horizon League, Valparaiso has earned the right to host a championship event at home, as the Crusader men’s soccer team hosts the semifinals and title game of the Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship this weekend. Valpo will take on sixth-seeded Loyola Friday evening at 7 p.m., and with a win, would advance to the title match on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Valparaiso learned its opponent for the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship semifinal on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders will face sixth-seeded Loyola at 7 p.m. Friday night on Brown Field.
Eight Crusaders in all were honored on Monday afternoon as the Horizon League released its 2011 men’s soccer postseason award winners. Fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) was honored as Goalkeeper of the Year and joined Antonijevic as a First Team All-League selection. Meanwhile, Mike Avery received Coach of the Year accolades.
90 minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to determine a winner Saturday, but extra time would go against the Crusaders, as Valparaiso fell in the regular season finale at Green Bay, 1-0, on an own goal in the 94th minute. The loss was Valpo’s only defeat in Horizon League play this year.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team secured the outright Horizon League regular season championship Wednesday evening as the Crusaders played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Butler at Brown Field. With the title, Valpo’s first in any team sport since joining the Horizon League, the Crusaders will host the Horizon League Championship semifinals on Nov. 11 and final on Nov. 13 at Brown Field.
Valparaiso, which has entered the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll at #9, needs just one point over its final two Horizon League games this week to clinch the outright league regular season crown. The Crusaders open the week at Brown Field Wednesday night against Butler, which will serve as Valpo’s Senior Night as well as the program’s annual TOCO benefit game. Valpo then closes the regular season on the road Saturday at Green Bay.
Fifth-year senior defender Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after helping to anchor the Valparaiso backline in a pair of shutouts last week.
Junior Jonathon Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) scored a golden goal in the 99th minute Saturday night at Brown Field to give Valparaiso a 1-0 victory Saturday night over UIC. But more importantly, it guaranteed the Crusaders at least a share of the league regular season title, Valpo's first league crown in any sport since joining the Horizon League.
Saturday night's men's soccer game against UIC will be a benefit match, as the Crusaders raise money for 2010 Valparaiso graduate and former men's soccer player Rodolfo 'Rudy' Lucas, who suffered a debilitating stroke this past summer.
Valparaiso tied a program record with its fourth straight shutout and kept pace atop the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders got a goal from Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) in the 59th minute to defeat Loyola 1-0 in Chicago, Ill. on Wednesday evening.
Valparaiso looks to remain atop the Horizon League table this week with a pair of contests against the league’s Chicago sides. The Crusaders travel to Loyola for a Wednesday night matchup before hosting UIC on Saturday evening.
A pair of shutouts and a new program single-season record was enough for Valparaiso redshirt junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) to garner Horizon League Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league office this morning. The weekly honor was the first of Zobeck’s career.
Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) recorded his third straight shutout en route to setting Valparaiso’s single-season record in the category and the Crusaders got a pair of second-half goals to down Milwaukee, 2-0, Saturday evening at Brown Field. The win moves Valpo into a tie atop the Horizon League table, with games in hand on both sides it’s tied with.
Valparaiso goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) tied the team’s single-season record with his seventh shutout of the year, while Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) tallied goals as the Crusaders defeated IPFW Tuesday night at Brown Field, 2-0.
Valparaiso redshirt junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) was named the Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the month of September, the league office announced today.
Valparaiso concludes its four-match homestand at Brown Field this week with two matches. The non-league slate wraps up with a Tuesday night matchup against IPFW, while the Crusaders then resume Horizon League play Saturday evening against Milwaukee.
Valparaiso continues a four-game homestand with a showdown this Sunday against regionally-ranked Ohio State at Brown Field. The 1 p.m. game will feature free admission to all fans, free rally towels and stadium horns while supplies last and a free raffle ticket for the chance to win an autographed Crusader men’s soccer jersey.
Valparaiso claimed a two-goal lead in the 58th minute against Oral Roberts Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, but the Golden Eagles scored three unanswered goals as the Crusaders fell, 3-2, in non-league action.
Valparaiso moved to the top of the Horizon League standings, remaining unbeaten in league action, as a goal in the 38th minute by junior Sam Haines (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd) was the deciding strike in a 1-0 victory by the Crusaders over Wright State Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio.
Valparaiso plays its final Horizon League game for the next two weeks Friday night, as the Crusaders travel to Wright State in a meeting of two of the three unbeaten teams in league play. Valpo then opens a four-match homestand on Sunday at Brown Field against former Mid-Con rival Oral Roberts.
Valparaiso outshot former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois 25-11 Sunday afternoon and put 11 shots on goal, but it was the homestanding Leathernecks who found the back of the net late in the first half for the game’s lone goal, as the Crusaders fell 1-0 in Macomb, Ill.
Valparaiso remained unbeaten at Brown Field this year and improved to 1-0-1 in Horizon League play in dramatic fashion Friday night, as freshman Gerardo Avelar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio San Francisco) converted a strike from 35 yards out in the 98th minute to give the Crusaders a 3-2 (ot) victory over Detroit.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened Horizon League play on the road Saturday evening in Cleveland, Ohio and was able to come away having earned a result, dueling to a 0-0 (2ot) draw with Cleveland State.
Valparaiso opens the Horizon League schedule this weekend, traveling to Cleveland State for a Saturday night contest. The game against the Vikings marks the first of three league matchups in the Crusaders’ next four games.
On a windy Sunday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich., the Valparaiso men’s soccer team fell behind in the first half and was unable to find the equalizer going against the wind in the second half, eventually falling 2-0 to Western Michigan in the Crusaders’ last game before the start of Horizon League play.
Returning home to Brown Field for the first time since the season opener, Valparaiso earned its second straight 1-0 victory Friday night, defeating IUPUI thanks to a strike in the 63rd minute from freshman Eric Nieto (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate).
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team returns home for the first time since the season opener Friday evening, hosting former Mid-Con foe IUPUI at Brown Field. The Crusaders then travel to Western Michigan for a Sunday afternoon game, the last before the start of Horizon League play.
As time was winding down in regulation Sunday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill., it was a senior who stepped up big for Valparaiso, as Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) found the back of the net with just 17 seconds left to play to give the Crusaders a thrilling 1-0 victory over Northwestern in the finale of the niu Adidas Invitational. Valpo concluded the tournament in second place out of the four participating teams.
A goal by Isaac Kannah in the 85th minute proved to be the difference on Friday evening, as Valparaiso fell to #20 Northern Illinois, 1-0, in its first match at the NIU adidas Invitational in DeKalb, Ill.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team competes in its second tournament in as many weeks this weekend, heading to Northern Illinois for the NIU adidas Invitational. The Crusaders face off against the host Huskies, ranked 20th nationally, on Friday evening before taking on Big Ten foe Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team placed a pair of players on the Duquesne Invitational All-Tournament Team, as fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) and junior Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) represented the Crusaders for their efforts on the pitch over the course of Valpo’s two matches.
Despite playing a goal down for the majority of the game Sunday, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team got the equalizer off the foot of sophomore Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) in the 73rd minute and went on to earn a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Big East foe Pittsburgh Sunday to conclude play at the Duquesne Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Junior Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) equalized for the Valparaiso men’s soccer team just 14 seconds into the second half of play Friday night in Pittsburgh, Pa., but Duquesne knocked home the eventual match-winner in the 69th minute for a 2-1 victory in the Crusaders’ first match at the Duquesne Invitational.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hits the road for the first time in 2011 this weekend, traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on Pitt and the host Dukes as part of the Duquesne Invitational. The Crusaders enter the weekend coming off of a record-setting performance last Friday night.
Eight different Crusaders found the back of the net Friday night, while 23 players in all took the field, as the Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened the 2011 season with an 8-0 victory at Brown Field over Calumet College of Saint Joseph.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team gets the 2011 season underway this Friday, Aug. 26 as the Crusaders host Calumet College on the pitch at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. Valpo enters the 2011 campaign coming off of back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program looks to continue its winning tradition entering the 2011 campaign, coming off of back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history. It will be a talented, experienced group taking to the pitch for the Crusaders, as 21 letterwinners, including seven starters, return from last year’s squad as Valpo takes aim at the top of the Horizon League standings.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team took to the pitch against outside competition for the first time in the 2011 season Saturday night at Brown Field, out-shooting Oakland 12-4 as the exhibition contest ended in a 0-0 draw.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been predicted to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League in 2011, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches and announced by the League office today.
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that two former Crusaders have returned to Valpo, as J.J. Del Castillo and Steve Shively round out the Crusader coaching staff entering the 2011 season.
Five Valparaiso men's soccer players, including four who return to the Crusaders in 2011, are on the roster of the Carolina RailHawks U23 side which won the USASA Region III U23 Men's Cup to advance to the USASA U23 Men's National Championship, starting on July 15.
Ten Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.