The Valparaiso University men’s soccer program has announced the departure of assistant coach David Stroud, who has accepted a head coaching position at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich.
A pair of Valparaiso University men’s soccer players have received recognition as members of the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Association All-West Region Teams.Junior Rafael Mentzingen was tabbed all-region second team, while sophomore Adan Garcia picked up third-team honors.
Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin has named 10 student-athletes State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award recipients for the 2017 fall season. Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Jacob Keck was among those honored as the conference announced the winners on Thursday.
Valparaiso University junior Rafael Mentzingen was honored on Sunday as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its 2017 men’s soccer all-tournament team.
After completing its first season of competition in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team was well represented as The Valley unveiled its postseason awards and all-conference recognition on Thursday evening.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday afternoon in Peoria, Ill. as Drake advanced by topping the Crusaders 4-2 in Missouri Valley Conference Tournament action. The match was scoreless at halftime, before all six goals were scored in the final 45 minutes. Rafael Mentzingen notched the first goal of the match, a highlight-reel effort that gave the Crusaders a temporary edge.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team will begin its first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Tuesday. The sixth-seeded Crusaders face off with seventh-seeded Drake to begin the event, which features all seven Valley teams competing for an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament. This year’s tournament is being hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill. If Valpo wins on Tuesday, it will play Bradley on Wednesday, with the winner of that match advancing to Friday’s semifinal against Central Arkansas.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team concluded its regular season on Saturday afternoon against Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley. The Crusaders (8-8-1, 3-5-0 MVC) fell to the Braves (10-7-2, 4-3-1) 1-0 at Brown Field. At halftime of the match, head coach Mike Avery and the Crusader program honored the team’s three seniors: Ramone Howell, Jacob Keck and Tunji Osifeso.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team faced a 1-0 halftime deficit on Monday night at Brown Field, but the Crusaders exploded for three second half goals to best Eastern Illinois 3-1 in nonconference action. Valpo had the bulk of the match’s quality chances, outdoing the Panthers 8-2 in shots on goal.