The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team closed out exhibition play Monday evening at #9 Notre Dame, battling the Fighting Irish to a 1-1 draw. The Crusaders teamed up with the Irish for Notre Dame’s annual Grassroot Soccer benefit match, with donations accepted at the gate and throughout the evening in lieu of admission.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team closes out its preseason action Monday evening as it makes the short trip east to take on #9 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. CT. The Crusaders are proud to team up with the Fighting Irish for their annual match to benefit Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-governmental organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilize communities against the spread of HIV. Admission to the game will be free with donations being accepted, 100% of which will go to GRS. If you can't make it to the match, live video will be available through the ACC Digital Network.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League in 2016, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders did pick up three first-place votes, matching the most of any team in the league.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery confirmed today that 2015 Crusader co-captain Jordan Aidoud (Lyon, France) signed a professional contract last week with Jura Sud Foot. Jura Sud is based in Lavans-les-Saint-Claude in eastern France, and currently competes in Group C of the CFA, which is the 4th tier of soccer in France. Aidoud joins an impressive list of former Crusaders who have moved on to professional soccer following their graduation from Valparaiso.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) capped his strong summer campaign with the Des Moines Menace by being named as one of the three finalists for the Premier Development League (PDL) Goalkeeper of the Year award this week.
Valparaiso University men's soccer rising senior Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George's College) capped off a stellar summer season of soccer for the Des Moines Menace by being named to the Premier Development League’s 2016 All-Central Conference Team.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Steffen Pulinx, a 6’3” defender from Genk, Belgium, will be joining the Crusader program as a freshman entering the 2016 season. Pulinx joins the previously announced class of incoming players to give Valpo an eight-player group of newcomers for 2016.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today his side’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 season – a challenging slate which includes six matches against teams which finished in the top-75 in the nation in RPI last season, and eight home matches at Brown Field.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today a talented group of players set to join the Crusaders in 2016, as the men’s soccer program welcomes seven new additions to the current squad. The 2016 class is comprised of student-athletes from three different U.S. states and four total countries, and joins a Valpo squad that is looking to build off a 7-6-5 (3-3-3 Horizon) season in 2015 – a season which included a 3-1-1 mark for the Crusaders against teams ranked in the top-25 nationally. More detailed information on all the signees, including thoughts from Coach Avery, is available in the attached PDF.