The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team held the lead on two separate occasions on Saturday night in Conway, Ark., but Central Arkansas roared from behind to nip the Crusaders 3-2 in Missouri Valley Conference action.
After eight consecutive days without a match, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returns to the pitch on Saturday evening for the first of two important Missouri Valley Conference showdowns this week. Both matches will present the Crusaders with opportunities to avenge earlier defeats as they play the teams responsible for their two conference losses this week – Central Arkansas and Missouri State.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team went to Macomb, Ill. on Thursday and picked up its sixth road victory of the season, extending its winning streak to three by downing Western Illinois 5-2 behind a hat trick by sophomore Adan Garcia (Dallas, Texas / Episcopal School of Dallas). After a decade-long gap between hat tricks from 2006-2016, Valpo has now had a player accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team is enjoying its lightest stretch of the season – playing just one match in a 13-day span. That fixture will take place on Thursday at Western Illinois before the Crusaders have eight consecutive days off from match action.
After helping the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team to an undefeated week, junior Rafael Mentzingen (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Bryan) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team faced the Evansville Purple Aces (5-5-1, 0-2-1 MVC) Saturday night, winning the Missouri Valley Conference showdown 2-1. Despite the rain and wind, the Crusaders (6-5-1, 3-2 MVC) took advantage of playing in front of their home crowd and took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team will start a home-heavy stretch on Saturday night as four of the final six matches of the regular season will take place at Brown Field. Road warriors for most of the year, the Crusaders hope to carry their away success over to their home field beginning this week.
If there are two things the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team is used to this season, they’re playing in close games and playing on the road. The Crusaders did both again on Tuesday night, edging Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois for a 3-2 victory in DeKalb, Ill.