Women's Soccer

Crusader Women’s Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule


Games against Notre Dame and Northwestern, as well as a nine-game home slate at Brown Field, highlight the Valparaiso women’s soccer program’s 2015 schedule, as announced today by head coach John Marovich. The Crusaders enter 2015 coming off of the best season in program history (14-2-4) and looking to defend their Horizon League championship.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Announce Addition of Mottonen for 2015 Season


Valparaiso University women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that midfielder Michelle Mottonen will be transferring to join the reigning Horizon League champions from TCU and will be immediately eligible for the 2015 season, with two seasons of eligibility remaining.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women’s Soccer Inks Seven Players to NLIs


The Valparaiso women’s soccer team will look to defend its Horizon League championship in 2015 with the help of seven new additions, as Crusader head coach John Marovich announced Wednesday the program had inked seven players to National Letters of Intent.


Men's Cross Country, Men's Soccer, Volleyball, Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Athletics

Valparaiso Places 10 On Fall Academic All-League Squads


Valparaiso placed a league-high 10 student-athletes over five sports on the Horizon League's 2014 Fall Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office.


Women's Soccer

Trio of Crusaders Earn NSCAA Academic Recognition


Rita Craven adds to her impressive tally of awards, as she was named an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American - one of just 12 named to the team and the first in program history. Jenny Fassbinder earned Third Team Scholar All-American honors as well, while Kelsey Draper was a Third Team Scholar All-Region recipient.


Women's Soccer

Craven Named First All-American in Crusader Women’s Soccer History


Valparaiso women’s soccer junior midfielder Rita Craven found herself in some lofty company on Friday, as she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American - one of just 37 players in the nation to earn All-American honors. Craven is the first Crusader in program history to earn All-American accolades, and is one of just three players all-time from current Horizon League programs to receive the nation’s top honor.


Women's Soccer

Four Crusaders Earn All-Region Accolades


Four Crusaders earn NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region honors - Rita Craven First Team; April Cronin, Jenny Fassbinder and Shelby Oelschlager Second Team. The quartet marked Valpo's first All-Region honorees since 2008.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Earn NSCAA Academic Award


Crusader women claim NSCAA Team Academic Award for 12th straight year, posting a team GPA of 3.51.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders’ Season Comes to Heartbreaking End Friday


The Valparaiso women's soccer team kept #12/11 Notre Dame off the scoreboard for nearly the entirety of regulation in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Friday, but the Irish broke through for a goal with 50 seconds to play to down the Crusaders, 1-0. The loss brings to a close the best season in program history (14-2-4) for Valpo.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Set For 2014 NCAA Tournament


After claiming its first Horizon League championship last weekend, Valparaiso heads to its second NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2005, making the hour trip east to take on #12/11 Notre Dame, a number-four national seed, Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders enter the NCAA Tournament winners of 12 straight matches, the nation’s second longest streak.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Head to Notre Dame for First Round of NCAA Tournament


Champions of the Horizon League, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 in close proximity to campus, as the Crusaders have been sent to Notre Dame for the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The game will be played Friday evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. CT.


Women's Soccer

Join the Crusaders For Selection Show Monday


The Crusaders find out where they're heading for the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon - selection show viewing party begins in Ballroom A of the Harre Union on campus at 3 p.m. The show will be streamed live on NCAA.com beginning at 3:30 p.m.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Claims 2014 Horizon League Championship


Tournament MVP April Cronin scored the game's lone goal in the 84th minute as the Valparaiso women's soccer team won the 2014 Horizon League Championship over Detroit Saturday night at Brown Field, 1-0. With the title, the Crusaders' first since joining the Horizon League, Valpo advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Advance to HL Championship Match With 2-0 Win


Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad propel Crusaders to 2-0 win over Green Bay in semifinals of the Horizon League Championship. Valpo faces Detroit Saturday at 7 p.m. at Brown Field for the league title.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Set to Host HL Championship


Top-seeded Valparaiso opens up its 2014 Horizon League Championship at Brown Field against Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and at ESPN3.com.


Men's Swimming, Women's Soccer, Athletics

Castro Diaz, Cronin Named Athletes of the Month


Gonzalo Castro Diaz (men's swimming) and April Cronin (women's soccer) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for October.


Women's Soccer

Valpo to Face Green Bay in HL Semis


The Crusaders will take on Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Brown Field in the second of the two semifinals of the 2014 Horizon League Championship. Detroit and Oakland will face off in the first semi, at 4:30 p.m.


Women's Soccer

Craven, Abad, Marovich Earn Speciality Awards; Six Crusaders Honored


Following a perfect league campaign, junior Rita Craven has been named Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. Vanesa Abad was tabbed Freshman of the Year; John Marovich named Coach of the Year. April Cronin, Shelby Oelschlager and Sydney Galvez-Daley joined Craven as All-League honorees.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Run the Table In Horizon League Play With Win at Green Bay


Quickest goal to start a match in program history propels Valpo to 4-1 win in regular season finale at Green Bay. With the win, the Crusaders close out a perfect Horizon League slate and match the program's single-season record for victories.


Women's Soccer

Craven, Fassbinder Earn Academic All-District Honors


Crusader juniors Rita Craven and Jenny Fassbinder were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team for their performance on the field and in the classroom. Both Craven and Fassbinder are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.


Women's Soccer

John Marovich Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Valparaiso women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show following the Crusaders' clinching of the Horizon League regular season title last week. Players Sarrah Ludwig and Sydney Galvez-Daley join as well to discuss the team's goals for this season and how many of them still lie ahead.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Close Out Regular Season at Green Bay


The Valpo women's soccer team looks to keep its nine-match winning streak alive and close out a perfect Horizon League campaign Friday evening in Green Bay in the regular season finale.


Women's Soccer

Galvez-Daley Earns Second League Award of Season


Sydney Galvez-Daley was named the Horizon League's co-Defensive Player of the Week after posting two clean sheets last week, matching the program record for single-season shutouts.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Claims Horizon League Regular Season Title


The Valpo women's soccer program won its first Horizon League regular season title, securing the championship with a 1-0 win over Detroit Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Sarrah Ludwig nodded in the match-winner in the 70th minute off an Abby Kenyon throw-in.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Tame Panthers, Remain Perfect Within League Play


Crusaders take down Milwaukee for first time in program history to remain perfect in Horizon League play, as April Cronin scored the match-winner early on in a 1-0 victory. Valpo will play for a shot at the league regular season title against Detroit on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Look to Clinch HL Title at Home This Week


The Valparaiso women's soccer team has a shot at securing its first Horizon League regular season championship this week, as the Crusaders host Milwaukee on Wednesday evening (7:30 p.m.) and Detroit on Saturday (2 p.m.). Both games are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Remains Perfect In League Play With Win at WSU


Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad bring the Crusaders back from a one-goal deficit for a 2-1 win at Wright State. Valpo remains perfect in Horizon League play (5-0-0), extends its unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive matches and secures a spot in the Horizon League Championship.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Heads to Wright State Saturday


The Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings and extend its program-record unbeaten streak Saturday afternoon with a key league matchup at Wright State.


Women's Soccer

Rogers Claims League Weekly Honor


Freshman Grace Rogers was named co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Horizon League on Monday following her performance in the Crusaders' two victories last week.


Women's Soccer

Rogers’ Golden Goal Makes It Six Straight Wins for Women’s Soccer


Crusader freshman Grace Rogers finds the back of the net in the 100th minute to give Valpo the 1-0 win in extra time over Youngstown State Saturday night. The Crusaders remained perfect in Horizon League play with the win at the halfway point of the league schedule.


Women's Soccer

John Marovich Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's perfect start to Horizon League play, the performance of the Crusaders' midfield in recent weeks, and how the team and program have handled being ranked recently.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Remain Perfect In League Play With Win at UIC


Valparaiso improves to a perfect 3-0-0 in Horizon League action and extends its unbeaten streak to 11 matches with a 2-1 win Wednesday at UIC. Rita Craven scored the match-winning goal, tying her for the most game-winners in a single season in program history.


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Face Pair of Key League Matches


The Valparaiso women's soccer team travels to take on first-year program UIC Wednesday in Chicago before returning home for a showdown with first-place Youngstown State Saturday night. Saturday's match will be the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Earn First Regional Ranking in Program History


The Valparaiso women’s soccer team continues to reach new heights in 2014, as it was announced today that the Crusaders had cracked the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll for the first time in program history.


Women's Soccer

Cronin, Warner Tally Goals in Crusaders’ Win Over Loyola


Senior Kristen Warner scored the game-winning goal, the first of her career, and senior Erika Schoemann registered her first career assist on Valpo's first goal as the Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to ten matches with a 2-1 win Saturday over Loyola on Senior Night.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Hosts Loyola on Senior Night Saturday


The Valparaiso women's soccer team steps outside Horizon League play for the final time Saturday evening, as it puts a nine-match unbeaten streak on the line at Brown Field against Loyola. The Crusaders' five seniors will be honored prior to the match on Senior Night. The game is worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Women's Soccer

Oelschlager Earns Horizon League Weekly Award


Valparaiso redshirt sophomore Shelby Oelschlager has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for her work at center back in the Crusaders’ pair of shutouts last week.


Women's Soccer

Wenzel’s Golden Goal Gives Valpo Win at CSU


Robin Wenzel's goal in the 93rd minute gives the Crusaders a 1-0 win over Cleveland State, setting a new program record as Valpo is now unbeaten in its last nine matches. The Crusaders are also top of the table in the Horizon League, the only team with six points through two games.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Run Unbeaten Streak to Eight With Win Over Oakland


Crusaders score three times in the first half, including a pair of goals from Rita Craven, to defeat Oakland 3-0 in their Horizon League opener. With the win, Valpo runs its unbeaten streak to eight straight matches, tying a program record.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Set For Start of League Play


The start of the Horizon League slate is on tap for the Valparaiso women's soccer team this week. The Crusaders host Oakland Wednesday evening to open league play (worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge) before heading to Cleveland State Saturday night.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Take Down Eastern Illinois Friday


Valparaiso scores three times in the second half to overcome one-goal halftime deficit and win at Eastern Illinois, 3-1. Vanesa Abad, April Cronin and Robin Wenzel score for the Crusaders, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches.


Women's Soccer

John Marovich Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


With Horizon League play looming next week, women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's defensive prowess to this point of the season, why he's not discouraged by the lack of goals so far and how he sees this year's team on the eve of league action.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Heads to Eastern Illinois Friday


Crusaders put their six-match unbeaten streak and four-match shutout streak on the line Friday afternoon at Eastern Illinois. The match is Valpo's last before the start of Horizon League play next week.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Post Another Clean Sheet Sunday


The Valparaiso women's soccer team posted its fourth straight shutout in a scoreless double-overtime draw with Evansville on Sunday. The Crusaders have now held their opponents scoreless for 436 straight minutes.


Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Wins Second Straight Road Game


Rita Craven scored her fifth career match-winning goal in the 81st minute as Valparaiso earned its second straight win, defeating IPFW 1-0 Friday night.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Play at IPFW, Host Evansville


The Valparaiso women's soccer team continues non-league action this weekend, playing at IPFW on Friday evening and hosting Evansville Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Evansville game is the first this season which will be broadcast live on HLN, while it also will be worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Roll to Win at Western Illinois


Rita Craven, Kat Anesini and Vanesa Abad all find the back of the net as the Crusaders take down Western Illinois, 3-0. Sydney Galvez-Daley made eight saves for her third shutout of the year.


Women's Soccer

Valpo-Ball State Women’s Soccer Canceled


The Valparaiso women’s soccer game against Ball State scheduled for Friday evening has been canceled due to inclement weather. The game will not be made up. The Crusaders return to action Sunday afternoon at Western Illinois.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Continues Non-League Play This Weekend


Coming off of three straight draws, the Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to get into the win column Friday evening at Brown Field against Ball State. The Crusaders then travel to Macomb, Ill. for a Sunday match at Western Illinois.


Women's Soccer

Valpo Plays to Scoreless Draw Sunday at NAU


Sydney Galvez-Daley makes four saves as Valparaiso and Northern Arizona play to 0-0 (2ot) draw. The draw is the third straight tie for the Crusaders, who return home Friday night to face Ball State.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Draw With Grand Canyon Friday Night


Vanesa Abad's 63rd minute goal serves as Valpo's tally in a 1-1 tie with Grand Canyon Friday night. The Crusaders close out their two-game Arizona trip at Northern Arizona on Sunday.


Women's Soccer

John Marovich Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


With the regular season underway for the Valparaiso women's soccer team, head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss what came out of the first weekend of play and what he's looking for out of his team moving forward.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Set For Arizona Trip


The Valparaiso women's soccer team heads out to Arizona for a pair of matches this weekend, in search of their first win of the season. The Crusaders take on Grand Canyon Friday night and Northern Arizona Sunday afternoon.


Women's Soccer

Galvez-Daley Named League Defensive Player of the Week


Sydney Galvez-Daley earns Horizon League weekly honor after posting a shutout in her second career match - the only clean sheet of the weekend among league goalkeepers.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Battle IUPUI To Scoreless Draw


Sydney Galvez-Daley makes four saves Sunday to earn her first career shutout as Valparaiso and IUPUI play to a 0-0 draw. The Crusaders head out to Arizona for a pair of matches next weekend.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Fall in Season Opener to Belmont


A goal in the 88th minute sent the Valparaiso women's soccer to a 2-1 defeat Friday against Belmont, despite out-shooting the Bruins 17-9. The Crusaders look to bounce back Sunday afternoon against IUPUI.


Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Set For Start of Regular Season


Valparaiso women's soccer team opens regular season with pair of home games against Belmont and IUPUI this weekend. The Crusaders are looking to open the season with a win for the fourth time in the last five seasons.


Women's Soccer, Athletics

Crusader Scholarship Challenge Kicks Off Friday


The Crusader Scholarship Challenge starts THIS FRIDAY with the women's soccer's regular season opener versus Belmont at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. Click on the story to learn more!


Women's Soccer

Crusader Women Tabbed Fifth in Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso women's soccer squad has been chosen to finish fifth in the Horizon League preseason poll. Crusaders open the regular season Friday evening at home.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Head Their Way to Exhibition Victory


Trio of headers give Valparaiso 3-0 exhibition win over St. Joe's. The regular season opens Friday at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. against Belmont.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Open Exhibition Play at Cincinnati

Valpo falls 4-1 to Cincinnati in exhibition opener; Warner finds back of the net in 17th minute. Crusaders host St. Joseph's (Ind.) at Eastgate Field in preseason action Sunday morning.


Women's Soccer

What You Need to Know: Valpo Women's Soccer

Strong veteran presences on defense and in the midfield highlight Valparaiso's 19 returning players for the 2014 campaign, while six newcomers join the fray as well. The Crusaders' first exhibition game is Friday evening at Cincinnati.


Women's Soccer

Crusaders Announce 2014 Schedule

Valparaiso women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2014 campaign, a slate which features nine home matches.