Four games against 2007 College Cup participants, including two against teams that reached the Elite Eight, highlight the 2008 Valparaiso men’s soccer schedule, as released today by Crusader head coach Mike Avery.
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Jose Renato Pecego, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will suit up for the Crusaders beginning in 2008. Pecego is the tenth member of Valpo’s incoming 2008 class, which is now comprised of seven freshmen and three juniors.
Valparaisomen’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today the addition of two recruits that will join the Crusaders for the 2008 soccer season.IsraelBisoni (Senador Amaral, Brazil) and Rodolfo Lucas (Mogi Mirim, Brazil) each spent the last two seasons as teammates at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas, and will transfer to the Crusaders as juniors with two years of eligibility remaining. The duo joins the seven previously announced newcomers to the 2008 Crusader squad.
Valparaiso University head men’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the dates for the 2008 Valparaiso Identification Program (VIP) soccer camp. The 2008 VIP, held on the campus of Valparaiso University, is a soccer camp for high school age players with serious aspirations to play college soccer. Session I will be held from June 16-18, with Session II scheduled from July 21-23.
With 22 newcomers on the 32-man roster for first-year head coach Mike Avery, the Valparaiso University men's soccer team started a turnaround in the program, enjoying one of the finest defensive seasons in school history.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and sophomore forward Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) have been named to the 11-player Academic All-Horizon League Men's Soccer Team, as voted upon by the league's faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors.
Valparaisofound itself down two goals early, and while the Crusaders cut the deficit to one goal early in the second half, they could not complete the comeback, as Wright State defeated Valpo 2-1 Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio in the first round of the Horizon League Championship.
Valparaiso kicks off its first-ever Horizon League Championship this weekend, traveling to Wright State to take on the Raiders Friday evening at 6 p.m. CST. With a win, the Crusaders would advance to the quarterfinals and a matchup at UIC, which would take place Sunday night at 7 p.m.
Valparaisosophomore Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was named the 2007 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, while junior Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel]) joined Schwarz on the All-League Second Team and earned All-Newcomer Team honors as the league office announced the postseason awards today.
Valparaiso has earned the seventh seed for the 2007 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship, presented by the U.S. Army, and will travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on sixth-seeded Wright State in a first-round matchup Friday evening at 6 p.m. CST.
Oscar Lomeli(Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel (Ind.)]) scored his second goal of the season early in the second half, while Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made two stops for his second shutout of the season as Valparaiso sent seniors Sean McGinnis (Chicago, Ill./Barrington) and Tyler Pagano (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein [UMass]) out winners one last time at Eastgate Field, downing Cleveland State 1-0.
Valparaisoplayed scoreless soccer with UIC Wednesday night in Chicago, Ill. into a second overtime session, but the Flames pushed the match’s only tally across the goal line with under four minutes to play to win, 1-0.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team closes out its first regular season as a member of the Horizon League with two league matchups this week. The Crusaders will travel to UIC on Wednesday before hosting Cleveland State two days later. Valpo seniors Sean McGinnis and Tyler Pagano will be honored at halftime of their final match at Eastgate Field on Friday.
Neither Valparaiso nor Wright State could dent the scoreboard for the first 109 minutes of action Sunday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, but the Raiders found the back of the net with just 22 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to win the game, 1-0. The Crusaders were forced to play the final 50 minutes of the game a man down.
Valparaiso kicks off its final stretch of Horizon League play on Sunday, traveling to Wright State to take on the Raiders for Valpo's first League match in 25 days. The Crusaders are coming off of a 1-1 draw with #19/17 Michigan State last Sunday.
Valparaiso returned to Eastgate Field for the first time in nearly a month Sunday afternoon and gave the crowd of 488 fans an exciting match, coming back from an early deficit to force a 1-1 (2ot) draw with #19/17 Michigan State.
The Valparaiso defense held Green Bay at bay for over 80 minutes Wednesday afternoon at Eastgate Field in Horizon League action, but the Phoenix pushed across a goal in the 81st minute and held on to defeat the Crusaders, 1-0.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team continues Horizon League play this week, taking on the League's two representatives from Wisconsin. The Crusaders will host Green Bay at Eastgate Field on Wednesday afternoon before traveling to Milwaukee for a Saturday evening matchup.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hosted its first-ever home Horizon League contest at Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon, but could not earn the victory, as rival Butler came in and defeated the Crusaders, 4-1.
Valparaiso closed out a four-match road trip Friday afternoon in Macomb, Ill. with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Western Illinois, thanks to Steve Shively’s (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) fifth career match-winning goal.
A historic day in Valparaiso athletics history ended in a tie Sunday afternoon, as the Crusader men’s soccer team fought to a 1-1 double overtime draw with 2006 Horizon League champion Loyola at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The match marked the first League contest for any Valpo team since the school joined the Horizon League on July 1, 2007.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team continues the middle portion of a four-match road trip this weekend. The Crusaders will take on DePaul Friday afternoon before making history Sunday afternoon, taking on Loyola at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The meeting with the Ramblers constitutes the first-ever Horizon League contest in any sport by a Valpo team.
Three goals in the first 37 minutes of the match proved to be all the offense Valparaiso would need on Friday evening at Eastgate Field as the Crusaders defeated IPFW 3-0 to pick up their first victory of the 2007 season.
Valparaiso’s men’s soccer team went toe-to-toe with one of the nation’s best teams Sunday evening in Durham, N.C., playing scoreless soccer with #4/3 Duke into the second half. But the Blue Devils pushed a goal across in the 69th minute and eventually went on to down the Crusaders by a 2-0 decision.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team went into the half tied 1-1 with ACC foe North Carolina State Friday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C., but eventually fell, 2-1, to the Wolfpack in the first match of the Wolfpack Classic.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team kicks off a new era this weekend, as it will take the pitch for the first time in the regular season under new head coach Mike Avery. The Crusaders' first two matches will be challenges, as they travel to North Carolina to take on ACC opponents North Carolina State and #4/3 Duke at the Wolfpack Classic.
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team came out on the wrong end of a hard-fought 1-0 decision Saturday afternoon against Western Kentucky. The game, the second of three exhibition matchups for the Crusaders, was played at nearby Portage H.S.
Valparaiso’s men’s soccer exhibition match against Western Kentucky on Saturday has been moved from Eastgate Field to Portage H.S. due to field conditions. In addition, the game’s start time has been moved to 10 a.m.
A new league. A new coaching staff. Twenty-two newcomers on the 32-man roster. Even new-look uniforms. The 2007 Valparaiso men’s soccer squad is hoping that all of these new parts come together to start a new tradition: one of winning in the Horizon League.
Valparaiso's first exhibition match on Friday evening at Indianapolis has been moved to 6:30 p.m. CDT (7:30 p.m. EDT). The contest is the first of three exhibition contests the Crusaders are slated to play this season.
Valparaisomen’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced today that Rick King has been hired as an assistant coach for the Crusader program. King comes to Valpo after spending the 2006 season as a volunteer assistant at Notre Dame, where he helped guide the Fighting Irish to the Elite 8 of the NCAA College Cup.