Valparaiso University president Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., announced today that the University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2017. The Crusaders will begin competing for MVC championships in the 2017–2018 academic year.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer program has announced its coaching staff for the 2017 season. Valpo head coach Mike Avery has tabbed veteran coach and former professional player Chris Pfau as the team’s top assistant, while two-time Valparaiso graduate Brendan Roth returns to his alma mater as an assistant coach.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team wrapped the 2017 spring season in style and with a flair for the dramatic, as the Crusaders found two goals in the final 15 minutes to top the Valparaiso Alumni Team 4-3 in an exciting match on Sunday afternoon at Brown Field. With the win, the Crusaders finish the spring with a record of 7-1, with the only loss a 2-1 defeat back in February at Indiana University. Now, the team turns its attention to putting the final pieces in place in anticipation of the fall 2017 season.
The success of Valparaiso University men’s soccer alumni continued on Tuesday, as former Crusader Stefan Antonijevic signed a two-year deal with Lillestrom SK in Norway’s top professional league.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has added another player to its growing list of alumni who have gone on to reach the professional ranks following their time with the program.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has announced the addition of transfers Babatunji Osifeso (Laurel, Md. / Laurel) and Dylan Waugaman (Houston, Texas / Friendswood) to the program. Osifeso, a redshirt junior midfielder / forward, transferred from Campbell, while Waugaman, a redshirt sophomore defender, comes to the Crusaders from Oregon State.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer players Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica / Excelsior) received high honors on Tuesday as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America published all-region teams.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end on Monday night in Milwaukee, Wis. The Crusaders and Panthers played to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes, but Milwaukee converted on all five penalty kicks to take the shootout and advance to the Horizon League Tournament semifinals. This marks the second time in the last three years that the Valpo season has ended on a penalty kick shootout in the first round of the tournament.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team hauled in all-league honors as the Horizon League announced its 2016 award winners on Monday. Seniors Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica / Excelsior) captured places on the first-team, while seniors Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica / St. George’s College [South Florida / ASA College]), Adrian Graham (Kingston, Jamaica / St. George’s College) and Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica / St. George’s College) received second-team recognition.
The most significant and exciting time of the Valparaiso University men’s soccer season has arrived as the Crusaders visit Milwaukee in a Horizon League Tournament first-round fixture. The Crusaders can extend their season and set the program record for victories in a single year with a triumphant effort on Monday.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team allowed two second-half goals in a 2-0 loss to Wright State on Friday night at Brown Field. By virtue of Milwaukee’s dramatic 1-0 win over Cleveland State, which came on a 90th minute goal, the Crusaders have secured a spot in the Horizon League Tournament and will play at Milwaukee in the first round on Monday.
The table is tight entering the final game of the regular season as the Valparaiso men’s soccer team can still finish anywhere from second to seventh in the Horizon League, with the top six teams qualifying for next week’s conference tournament. A quality test awaits the Crusaders, as first-place Wright State comes to Brown Field for Friday’s fixture.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Valparaiso University men’s soccer player Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica / St. George’s College [South Florida / ASA College]) transformed Monday’s matinee with nonleague foe IUPUI into a game he won’t soon forget. The Valpo senior scored three times in 1:21, the fastest three consecutive goals by an individual player in NCAA history, to help the Crusaders down the Jaguars 5-0.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) has been named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday night against Northern Kentucky.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team captured an important victory on Saturday night at Brown Field, downing Northern Kentucky 5-0 in the penultimate league match of the regular season. In the process, the Crusaders picked up three points in a tightly-packed Horizon League table.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team returns home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday to host league foe Northern Kentucky. Then, Valpo competes in the final nonleague fixture of the season on Monday afternoon, a match that will now begin at 3 p.m. at Brown Field.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer player Suleiman Thomas (Chicago, Ill. / Lake Forest Academy) received recognition for his success both in the classroom and on the soccer pitch on Tuesday. The Crusader senior was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 setback at UIC on Saturday night. UIC’s Jose Fuentes scored in the 62nd minute to account for the difference in a fast-paced match at Flames Field.
Less than four years ago, Omar Lawrence ’16 accepted a full athletic scholarship from Valparaiso University to play soccer. He had never been outside the Caribbean and couldn’t afford to visit the University, but was fully aware that everything he had been working for since he was a boy playing soccer in the streets of Jamaica was becoming his reality.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returned to the win column on Tuesday night in Fort Wayne, besting the Mastodons 2-0. The Crusaders have only dropped three matches all season, and each time have responded with a win or draw in their following fixture.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team will continue a stretch of four straight road fixtures on Tuesday at Fort Wayne and Saturday at UIC. Tuesday's match will begin at 5 p.m. CT, an hour earlier than originally scheduled.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team saw its six-match unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday night with a 2-0 defeat at Green Bay. The Crusaders absorbed their first league loss of the season and suffered their first defeat since Sept. 21 at Ohio State.
Fresh off cracking the NSCAA Great Lakes Region rankings for the first time this season, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer completed a favorable day with a 2-1 road win over Western Michigan in a battle of two regionally-ranked sides. The Crusaders, ranked 10th in the Great Lakes Region, rallied from a goal down to defeat the eighth-ranked Broncos on Tuesday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Valparaiso men's soccer goalkeeper Nico Campbell joins Parker Gatewood on this edition of Valpo All-Access, talking about his playing background and going into detail about the art of stopping penalty kicks.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team hits the road to begin a four-game journey away from Brown Field on Tuesday night with a nonleague fixture at Western Michigan. Then, the Crusaders head to Green Bay to resume Horizon League play on Saturday evening.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team raised its unbeaten streak to five and stayed undefeated in Horizon League play by virtue of a 1-1 draw with Milwaukee on Saturday night at Brown Field. Matthew Gweh (Apple Valley, Minn.) accounted for the lone Valpo goal, helping keep the Crusaders atop the Horizon League table in the process.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team can establish a program record for consecutive victories and remain atop the Horizon League with a win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
For the 14th straight year, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced this week by the organization.
Senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [FGCU]) remained a goal-scoring machine on Monday night, scoring in the 25th minute to help the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team stay red hot with a 1-0 road win over Omaha.
Valparaiso University men’s soccer senior Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica/St. George's College [South Florida/ASA College]) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two match-winning goals last week.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team faces a quick turnaround for a nonleague road match with Omaha on Monday night at Caniglia Field. The Crusaders enter the match having won three straight.
Senior Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica/St. George's College [South Florida/ASA College]) made a favorable first impression in his Brown Field debut, scoring an early goal to lift the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over two-time defending Horizon League champion Oakland on Saturday.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team showcased its squad depth Tuesday afternoon in a decisive 3-0 win in non-league action at Eastern Illinois. Valpo returns home for its TOCO benefit match against Oakland Saturday night at Brown Field.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team closes out a four-match road trip with a non-league match Tuesday at Eastern Illinois before returning home to Brown Field Saturday night to host Oakland in Horizon League play. The match against the Golden Grizzlies will be the program's TOCO benefit match, with the program collecting donations at the gate and throughout the game and wearing special blue charity kits which will be auctioned off after the match.
For the second consecutive league road fixture, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team earned a win away from home, as the Crusaders took down Cleveland State Saturday night, 2-1.
The men's soccer program currently has a Nike/BSN Sports flash store open at http://team-shop.bsnsports.com/form/show/VUMSO2016. Gear available through September 29 includes t-shirts, hoodies, polos, hats and much more.
In the midst of a stretch of road matches, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team surrendered three early goals at Big Ten foe Ohio State on Wednesday evening in Columbus, Ohio and eventually fell by a 4-1 final score.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team continues a stretch of four consecutive road matches with two fixtures away from home this week. The Crusaders will briefly step out of league play to take on Big Ten foe Ohio State Wednesday evening before traveling to northeast Ohio to face Cleveland State in a key Horizon League contest.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team went on the road to Belmont Saturday to continue Horizon League play and came home from Nashville with three points, as the Crusaders scored a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 victory over the Bruins.
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team continues Horizon League play and starts off a four-match road trip Saturday afternoon as they head to the Music City to face off with Belmont.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team opened Horizon League play with a 1-1 draw against Detroit at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders scored their only goal in the 59th minute, on a free kick from senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado).
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team will open Horizon League play Saturday afternoon, hosting Detroit at Brown Field. The Crusaders will continue their tradition of honoring Seniors in the Spotlight before each home match this season, with Suleiman Thomas set to be honored on Saturday.
Valparaiso University senior goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after surrendering just one goal over the Crusaders’ two games last week.
Led by a two-goal performance from senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [FGCU]), the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team opened the 2016 home campaign at Brown Field with a 3-1 victory on Sunday over visiting Western Illinois.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team returns home to host longtime rival Western Illinois on Brown Field Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders will continue their tradition of honoring Seniors in the Spotlight before each home match this season, beginning with Deven Mason and Isaiah Madrid on Sunday, 15 minutes before match time.
Despite being sent down to 10 men less than 15 minutes into the second half, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team held strong on the road Monday evening at SIU Edwardsville, battling the Cougars to a scoreless, double-overtime draw.
Down two goals with 16 minutes to play in regulation, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team scored twice late to force extra time in its regular season opener Saturday evening at Loyola. But the Ramblers struck again just 18 seconds from the end of the first overtime period as the Crusaders dropped their opener, 3-2.
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team opens regular season play this weekend with a pair of matches in the Land of Lincoln, as the Crusaders take on Loyola Saturday evening and SIU Edwardsville Monday night.
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.