The Valparaiso men's soccer program will conclude its spring season on Saturday afternoon with an alumni game at Brown Field at 12:30 p.m. before welcoming Taj Weekes, whose charity They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) the Crusaders have partnered with, and Adowa to town for a concert that night beginning at 9 p.m.
Valparaiso head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced this afternoon that Todd Vervynckt, a talented attacking player from Plymouth, Ind. (Plymouth H.S./Indiana Invaders FC), has signed a national letter of intent to join the Crusader squad as a freshman for the 2010 season. Vervynckt's addition brings the Crusaders' incoming class for 2010 to nine players.
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the addition of four student-athletes set to join the Crusaders for the fall 2010 season. These four incoming freshmen will accompany four players who were introduced on February 3rd. The newest additions to the Crusader men's soccer roster are high school seniors Charles Barden, Ben Burnett, Michael Chwistek and Fabian Urquiza.
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today that four talented student-athletes will join the Crusader program for the 2010 campaign. The introduction of transfer students, Guy Shabtay and Lior Avisror, and high school seniors, Eppokrates Litos and Tom Serratore, kick off the announcement of the Valparaiso men's soccer recruiting class for 2010, a group that will be unveiled in its entirety over the next few weeks.
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the dates for the 2010 VIP soccer camp. The 2010 Soccer VIP, held on the campus of Valparaiso University, is a soccer camp for high school age players with aspirations to play collegiate soccer. Session I will be held from June 14-16, with Session II scheduled from July 16-18.
Valparaiso goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) added to his collection of awards from his redshirt junior season, representing the Crusaders on the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region First Team.
Junior defender Ken Perkins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) were named to the Horizon League Men's Soccer Academic All-League Team, as released by the league office today.
Valparaiso netminder Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), honored as the 2009 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year ten days ago, has been named one of 34 finalists nationally for the Soccer News Net Player of the Year award.
Crusaders Danny Jeftich (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso [IUPUI]) and Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) represented Valparaiso on the 2009 Horizon League Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team, as announced by the league today.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team saw the best season in program history come to an end on Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., as the third-seeded Crusaders lost to second-seeded Green Bay, 3-1, in Horizon League Championship semifinal action.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team will attempt to advance to the finals of the Horizon League Championship as the third-seeded Crusaders take on second-seeded Green Bay in semifinal action Friday in Indianapolis.
A Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) goal in the seventh minute was all the scoring Valparaiso would need, and three second-half markers secured the Crusaders' first-ever win in Horizon League Championship action, as third-seeded Valpo downed sixth-seeded Milwaukee 4-0 Tuesday afternoon in a quarterfinal matchup at Brown Field.
Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was named Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year for the second time in his career and represented Valparaiso on the All-League First Team, while three other Crusaders were placed on the Second Team and one Crusader made the All-Newcomer Team as the league announced its postseason accolades today.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team will host a postseason game for the first time since 1998 when the third-seeded Crusaders welcome sixth-seeded Milwaukee to Brown Field on Tuesday in Horizon League Championship quarterfinal action.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team has earned the third seed for the 2009 Horizon League Championship and will host sixth-seeded Milwaukee in quarterfinal action at Brown this Tuesday, November 10 at noon CST, as announced by the league office today.
Junior midfielder Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) made the first two goals of his collegiate career count in a big way on Saturday afternoon, bringing Valparaiso back from a one-goal deficit in the second half as the Crusaders earned a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State at Brown Field. With the win, the Crusaders finish the Horizon League campaign tied for third and will host a HL Championship quarterfinal matchup at Brown Field on Tuesday as the third seed.
Valparaiso closes out the 2009 regular season campaign on Saturday as the Crusaders host Cleveland State at Brown Field in a key battle for seeding going into the Horizon League Championship. It will be Senior Day at Brown Field, as Valpo will honor a group of four seniors making their final home regular season appearances.
The game was delayed 24 hours, but the result was worth waiting for, as Valparaiso clinched a spot in the upcoming Horizon League Championship with a 0-0 (2ot) tie at UIC on Saturday evening. Crusader goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) extended his shutout streak to over 299 minutes in the scoreless duel and tied a Valpo single-season record for clean sheets.
Valparaiso redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V Team, as announced by CoSIDA today. Schwarz is now eligible for Academic All-American consideration.
The key Horizon League matchups just keep on coming for the Valparaiso men's soccer team, as it travels to UIC Friday night to try to secure a spot in the league championship and to move up the standings.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team moved one step closer to securing a berth in the Horizon League Championship Saturday evening, defeating Milwaukee on the road 1-0, the program's first-ever victory over the Panthers.
For the second week in a row and the third time in the award's five weeks, a Valparaiso athlete has been named ‘The People's Choice' on the Horizon League Network, as Crusader men's soccer player Roby Del Giudice (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.]) is this week's winner of the honor. Del Giudice is currently spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.
JuniorRoby Del Giudice (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.]) was named the Horizon League Men's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday for his performance in Valparaiso's victory over league-leading Green Bay on Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) found the back of the net in the 98th minute of action at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon, giving the Valparaiso men's soccer team a big 3-2 overtime victory in Horizon League play over league leader Green Bay.
Just one match is on the docket for Valparaiso this week, as the Crusaders commence the second half of the league schedule when they host Horizon League leader and regionally-ranked Green Bay on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) put Valparaiso in front with a goal midway through the first half, a lead the Crusaders would hold for nearly 45 minutes, but two Butler goals in a span of less than three minutes gave the Bulldogs the final edge, 2-1, Sunday at Brown Field in Horizon League action.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team concludes a three-game road trip with a non-league contest at Bowling Green on Tuesday before returning home to Brown Field for the first time in two weeks for a key league matchup with regionally-ranked Butler.
Senior forward Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) recorded the second multi-goal game of his career, putting Valparaiso up 2-0 at the half, but Wright State responded with three unanswered tallies, including the match-winner less than two minutes into overtime, as the Crusaders fell to the Raiders 3-2 Sunday evening in Dayton, Ohio.
The Valparaiso men's soccer squad battled #25 Michigan State Wednesday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich., but two goals within the first 12 minutes proved to be too much for the Crusaders to overcome, as the Spartans earned the 2-0 victory.
Valparaiso begins a three-game road trip with a quick step out of league play to take on nationally-ranked Michigan State on Wednesday. The Crusaders then travel to Dayton on Sunday for an evening match against Wright State.
Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 64th minute, bringing the Crusaders back from a one-goal deficit as Valparaiso and Loyola fought to a 1-1 double overtime draw Sunday afternoon at Brown Field in Horizon League action.
Roby Del Giudice's (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.] first Division I goal proved to be a big one Friday afternoon, as the junior found the back of the net in the 34th minute for what turned out to be the only goal of Valparaiso's 1-0 victory at Detroit Friday afternoon in both squads' Horizon League opener.
Formerly a stalwart on the Valparaiso men's soccer team back line, Andrew Stewart has signed a deal to continue playing soccer on the professional level, inking a contract in Scotland with reigning Scottish Junior Football North Premier League champions Banks o' Dee F.C.
The Horizon League slate gets underway for the Valpo men's soccer team this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to Detroit on Friday before returning home to Brown Field for a matchup against Loyola on Sunday.
An early two-goal deficit was too much for the Valparaiso men's soccer team to overcome Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, as despite a late first-half goal by Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) in his Crusader debut, Valpo fell to Saint Francis (Pa.) by a 2-1 count.
This time, the goal came during the run of play, but other than that, the Valparaiso men's soccer team ended Wednesday's game at Western Michigan the same way its last contest ended: a Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) marker in the first overtime giving the Crusaders a 2-1 victory.
The Valparaiso men's soccer program raised nearly $4,000 at its game against Michigan on Sept. 1 for St. Lucian reggae artist Taj Weekes' children's charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO), in its kickoff of the “Sneakers Not Wheelchairs” campaign to help target the diabetes crisis in St. Lucia.
Down a man early in the first overtime session, Valparaiso's Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) was fouled in the box, resulting in a Crusader penalty kick that Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) converted to give Valpo a 2-1 overtime victory over IUPUI Sunday afternoon at Brown Field.
After playing two competitive games against nationally-ranked opponents, Valparaiso returns home to Brown Field on Sunday for a matchup against IUPUI before hitting the road for a game at Western Michigan on Wednesday.
Playing its second ranked opponent in a three-day span after a 1,100-mile road trip, the Valparaiso men's soccer team staved off any signs of tired legs and played right with #8/10 South Florida in Tampa Tuesday evening, sending the game to overtime scoreless before the Bulls broke through with a goal 43 seconds into the extra session to hand the Crusaders a 1-0 defeat.
In front of a program-record crowd of 789 fans Sunday evening, Valparaiso took the lead late in the first half against #22/23 Michigan and held it for over 30 minutes, but a pair of Wolverine goals in a two-minute span midway through the second half were the difference, as Michigan came out on top by a 2-1 count.
Two ranked foes await the Valparaiso men's soccer side over the next week, as the Crusaders face #22/23 Michigan at Brown Field Sunday before traveling to take on #11/10 South Florida on Tuesday. The Crusaders will be conducting a fundraiser Sunday as they team up with TOCO to help launch the "Sneakers Not Wheelchairs" campaign to fight the diabetes crisis in St. Lucia.
Freshman Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) found the back of the net twice on Tuesday evening in his first career game, while Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) returned to the goalkeeper position for the first time since the 2007 campaign with a shutout as Valparaiso won its season opener over Eastern Illinois by a 2-0 count in Charleston, Ill.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team finds itself in the midst of a program turnaround, as head coach Mike Avery is in his third year at the helm of the Crusader program. In his first two seasons, Valpo has posted two of the best defensive seasons in school history, and with a dynamic duo returning in goal combined with promising talent elsewhere on the pitch, the Crusaders will look to move up the Horizon League standings in 2009.
A late first-half goal by Clayton Lyons (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) was all the scoring Valparaiso would need Saturday afternoon in its exhibition finale, as the Crusaders defeated Western Illinois by a 1-0 count in Macomb, Ill.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer program is teaming up with St. Lucian reggae artist Taj Weekes and They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) to help launch the “Sneakers Not Wheelchairs” campaign - a public health initiative that will target the diabetes crisis in St. Lucia - during the home opener at Brown Field on September 6th at 5:00 p.m. against nationally-ranked Michigan.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team got its exhibition season underway Wednesday evening at Brown Field against Saint Joseph's (Ind.), but just over 12 minutes in, Mother Nature took control for good, as a line of severe weather combined with diminishing daylight forced the contest between the Crusaders and the Pumas to be canceled.
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Sam Etim (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) has transferred into the Crusader program from Marquette. Etim, a 5'11”, 190 lb. striker, will have two years of eligibility remaining at the start of the 2009 campaign.
Valparaiso junior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) stepped up in goal for the Chicago Fire PDL on Tuesday, coming in off the bench and making six key saves in the final 30 minutes of a 3-1 victory over five-time National Amateur Cup champions Milwaukee Bavarian SC as the Fire PDL advanced to the second round of U.S. Open Cup play. Schwarz was named Chicago's Man of the Match for his effort.
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced his squad's schedule for the 2009 campaign today, highlighted by five games against NCAA tournament teams from last season, including a Sept. 6 meeting at Brown Field against Michigan, which finished last year ranked among the top-15 teams in the nation.
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Jeff Oleck will be returning to the Crusader program as an assistant coach. Oleck, a standout in goal for Valpo from 2002 through 2005, will begin his duties this upcoming summer.
Valparaiso University soccer coach Mike Avery announced today that Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./College of Lake County/Marquette) has signed a National Letter of Intent to finish his college soccer career as a Crusader. Antonijevic, a midfielder with high level college, club, and international experience, will officially join the Valparaiso side in the fall with three years of eligibility remaining.
Two transfer student-athletes step into the spotlight for the Valparaiso University men's soccer team as head coach Mike Avery today announced the addition of Roby Del Giudice (Bolton, Ontario, Canada/Wallace State [Ala.] C.C.) and Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Southern Methodist University) to the 2009 recruiting class. The central midfield pairing brings high level college and club experience to a Crusader squad seeking to replace six senior graduates from the 2008 team.
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the dates for the 2009 VIP soccer camp. The 2009 VIP, held on the campus of Valparaiso University, is a soccer camp for high school age players with serious aspirations to improve their soccer skills. Session I will be held from June 15-17, with Session II scheduled from July 17-19.