This year's St. Baldrick's Fundraiser is just two days away. With over $30,000 raised so far, the Valpo men's soccer program is more than 60% of the way to its goal of $50,000. Click on the video to hear part one of women's soccer player Jordyn Ryfiak's story.
For the first time in program history, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will take on a national team, as the Crusaders close out the home portion of their 2014 spring schedule by welcoming Haiti to Brown Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday evening.
Registration is open now for the Valpo Soccer Spring ID Camp, hosted by the Crusader women's soccer team on Sunday, March 30 for female players in grades 9-12. In addition, registration is also open for a trio of camps to be held June 16-18.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer program is incredibly excited to announce its four signees from the class of 2014. The four young ladies hail from three states and will look to make an impact on the program when they get to campus this August. All four of the newest members to the Valpo soccer family come out of very successful high school and club programs.
For the 11th consecutive year, the Valparaiso women’s soccer teams was awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization late last week.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team saw its season come to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday afternoon in Detroit, Mich., as Detroit scored less than four minutes from the end of double overtime to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat in opening-round play of the 2013 Horizon League Championship.
Freshman midfielder Morgan Manzke was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year on Monday in voting by the league's head coaches, highlighting four Crusaders in all who were honored with league postseason honors. Junior midfielder Kelsey Draper and senior goalkeeper Kristen Manski both were Second Team All-Horizon League honorees, while Manzke was joined by April Cronin on the All-Freshman Team.
Valparaiso kicks off the 2013 Horizon League Championship on Tuesday afternoon, as the fifth-seeded Crusaders travel to Detroit to take on the fourth-seeded Titans in first-round action. The 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff can be seen live on the Horizon League Network, while tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.
After learning earlier in the day that it had secured a berth into the Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso women's soccer team closed out the regular season on Friday night at Brown Field by battling to a 1-1 (2ot) draw with Green Bay.
Valparaiso senior goalkeeper Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after helping lead the Crusaders to a key league victory at Youngstown State last Saturday.
A pair of goals early in the second half were more than enough for the Valparaiso women's soccer team on Saturday afternoon at Youngstown State as the Crusaders earned their first road win of the season and picked up three key Horizon League points with a 2-0 victory.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to earn three points on the road Saturday with regular season action starting to wind down, as the Crusaders travel to take on Youngstown State. Following this weekend, Valpo has just two regular season matches remaining.
A matchup of two of the top defenses in the Horizon League played out according to form Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, as Valparaiso and Wright State played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in a double-overtime, 0-0 draw.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team was unable to come up with a result on the road in Horizon League action Wednesday night at Oakland, falling behind in the sixth minute in an eventual 2-0 loss to the Grizzlies.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team prepares for a critical week of Horizon League play, as the Crusaders face two league matches, traveling to newcomer Oakland Wednesday evening before returning home to take on Wright State Saturday afternoon.
Winning late-night games at Brown Field is starting to become a habit for the Valparaiso women's soccer team, as the Crusaders took down Cleveland State in Horizon League action Saturday evening, 2-1, on the first collegiate goal from freshman Morgan Manzke (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) off a well-executed team move in the 88th minute.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team struck first Saturday night in its Horizon League opener at Milwaukee, but three straight goals from the Panthers were too much to overcome, as the Crusaders fell by a 3-2 final.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team closed out its non-league slate Sunday afternoon at Brown Field on a positive note, as first-half goals from sophomores Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) and Sarrah Ludwig (Downers Grove, Ill./South) stood up for the Crusaders in a 2-1 victory over Eastern Illinois.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team took advantage of a Western Illinois miscue to claim the lead in the 62nd minute, and freshman Allegra Godfrey (Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh) capped the night with her first career goal late as the Crusaders earned a 2-0 victory Friday night at Brown Field.
Crusader women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about his squad's start to the 2013 season, including its impressive stretch of defensive play, and looks ahead to Horizon League play, which is just one weekend away.
For the first time in over a calendar year, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team surrendered more than one goal, and despite pulling one back late in the game, the Crusaders fell by a 2-1 final at Evansville Sunday afternoon.
For the first time this season, the Crusader women’s soccer team will play back-to-back road games this weekend, traveling to IUPUI for a Friday evening contest before heading to Evansville for a Sunday afternoon game.
Valparaiso senior goalkeeper Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after continuing her stellar start to the 2013 season last weekend.
If it feels like the movie Groundhog Day when the Valparaiso women's soccer team takes the field in 2013, there's a good reason why - for the sixth time in as many games this season on Sunday, the Crusaders battled their opponents to a 1-0 decision, and for the fourth time, it was Valpo which came out victorious, finding the back of the net on a header in the 20th minute from senior Hailey Chmela (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich).
Early pressure from the Crusaders set the tone for the remainder of the match Thursday night against the Northwestern Wildcats. That pressure eventually led to the lone goal scored in an impressive 1-0 victory for the Crusader women. Freshman Katriona Anesini (Seattle, Wash./Ballard) put Valpo ahead in the 33rd minute of the match and the Crusader defense ensured that the freshman's goal would be the game winner.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team returns to Brown Field for a pair of matches this week, hosting Northwestern Thursday night and IPFW Sunday evening. The two home contests conclude a season-opening stretch where the Crusaders play five of their first six fixtures at home.
Valparaiso senior goalkeeper Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) has been recognized by College Sports Madness as its Horizon League Women's Soccer Player of the Week after continuing her stellar start to the season between the pipes for the Crusaders.
Coming off of a thrilling overtime victory that saw Valpo find the back of the net in the 94th minute, the Crusader women found themselves in a similar situation Sunday afternoon at Kent State. For the second straight game, the result would be decided with extra time. After battling back and forth for nearly 109 minutes, the Crusaders women would fall 1-0 to Kent State on a goal scored with just over a minute left in the match.
In a game which spanned two days, sophomore Jordyn Ryfiak (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) made sure it was the Valparaiso women's soccer team and its fans which would go to bed happy, as Ryfiak found the back of the net in the 94th minute for the golden goal in a 1-0 victory over Grand Canyon at Brown Field.
Following an opening weekend split, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team plays two more matches this weekend. The Crusaders will close a three-game homestand by taking on Grand Canyon Friday evening before hitting the road for the first time to face Kent State Sunday afternoon.
Taking on a Miami (Ohio) side which is receiving votes in the national polling, it looked like Valparaiso would play into overtime with the RedHawks on Sunday afternoon at Brown Field before an 87th minute penalty kick proved to be the decisive moment in a 1-0 defeat.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team opened the 2013 campaign on the right foot Friday evening at Brown Field, as a goal in the 32nd minute from sophomore Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was the deciding tally in a 1-0 victory over Big East foe DePaul.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team opens the 2013 campaign this weekend with a pair of challenging home matches on Brown Field. The Crusaders host Big East foe DePaul on Friday evening before turning around Sunday afternoon and taking on a Miami (Ohio) squad which is receiving votes in the national polling.
Every Wednesday throughout the 2013-2014 season, catch a Valparaiso coach on the Valpo Coaches Show. Today's guest, discussing what lies ahead in the early stages of the season, is women's soccer head coach John Marovich!
A pair of freshmen combined for all three of the goals for the Valparaiso women's soccer team in its 2013 exhibition opener at Northern Illinois, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Huskies, who earned a 4-3 victory Friday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill.
With the women's soccer team becoming the first Crusader team to officially take the field for the 2013-2014 season later Friday at Northern Illinois in exhibition action, read more about what you might be able to expect from the Valpo women over the next few months. Also, Valpo Athletics caught up with the team at their photo/media day earlier this week in the attached video.