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July 23, 2014
Crusader midfielder Zev Taublieb is penning a three-part series on TopDrawerSoccer.com, chronicling his journey this summer as he traveled to Seattle to try out for, and eventually join, the Seattle Sounders U23 team.
July 08, 2014
Ten matches at Brown Field, four fixtures against major-conference opponents highlight Mike Avery's 2014 schedule for the Valparaiso men's soccer team
June 06, 2014
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery and his staff announced Friday that Matthew Gweh will join the Crusaders this fall. Gweh comes to Valpo from High Point, where he led the Panthers in assists per minute played and assists by a freshman in 2013.
May 16, 2014
Continuing the trend of looking both near and far to uncover potential student-athletes, Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach, Mike Avery announced today the addition of two players to the 2014 Crusader recruiting class. Ramone Howell (Portmore, Jamaica/Jamaica College) and Alex Fenn (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) join an exciting recruiting class set to arrive on campus in August for the 2014 season.
May 01, 2014
Valparaiso men’s soccer player Zev Taublieb (Malibu, Calif./Agoura) was recently awarded the Highest Award for Achievement in the Dale Carnegie Course offered by Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering. The award, which is voted on by students in the course, recognizes the person that best represents Dale Carnegie’s principles.
April 14, 2014
The Valparaiso men's soccer program's annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser reached new heights this year, raising nearly $45,000 to fund research for cures for childhood cancers. 80 heads were shaved in a 30-minute span, with over 100 heads shaved in total. Check out the video for a taste of the event.
April 10, 2014
This year's St. Baldrick's Fundraiser is just two days away. With over $30,000 raised so far, the Valpo men's soccer program is more than 60% of the way to its goal of $50,000. Click on the video to hear part one of women's soccer player Jordyn Ryfiak's story.
April 08, 2014
With the Valparaiso men’s soccer program’s annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser upcoming this Saturday, April 12, supporters of the cause will also have the chance to cheer on both the Crusader men’s soccer and volleyball teams in spring action that day as well.
April 07, 2014
Valparaiso Men’s Soccer is proud to announce its eighth annual VIP Summer Camp. This three-day camp, to be held on June 17-19, will provide prospective student-athletes an extended opportunity to interact with the current coaching staff and players, explore Valparaiso’s beautiful campus, and receive an in-depth look at the life of a college soccer player.
April 03, 2014
Valparaiso University men’s soccer head coach, Mike Avery, and his staff, announced today a very promising recruiting class set to join the Crusaders in 2014. Coach Avery welcomes eight new additions to his current squad. The 2014 class is compiled of student-athletes from four states and three different countries and is well balanced with two defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
April 03, 2014
Late last week, the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League officially announced the signing of former standout Crusader goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck.
March 26, 2014
Members of the Valparaiso men’s soccer team, as well as Valparaiso University president Dr. Mark Heckler and his wife Veronica, among others, will be getting their heads shaved for the fourth consecutive year as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday, April 12 between 1:00-3:00 pm in Hilltop Gymnasium.
March 19, 2014
Former Crusader Adrian Ortiz led his current side, the Chicago Mustangs of the Professional Arena Soccer League, to a league title this past Sunday. The Mustangs captured the Ron Newman Cup by defeating Hidalgo La Fiera 14-5.
February 17, 2014
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program is excited to announce its VIP Spring Camp, to be held on Sunday, March 16th. This one-day camp will provide prospective student-athletes a unique opportunity to experience a training environment similar to that seen at the college level.
February 12, 2014
Adrian Ortiz last suited up for the Crusaders during the 2010 season and although that would be his last match as a Crusader, it would not be the last of his career. Ortiz is currently in his second season as a member of the Chicago Mustangs of the Professional Arena Soccer League.
January 16, 2014
Valparaiso placed eight student-athletes across five sports on the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this afternoon.
December 05, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program is excited to announce their first VIP Winter Futsal Camp. This one day camp, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 4th, will provide male college bound soccer players with a unique opportunity to experience a high-intensity, high-pressure training environment similar to that seen at the college level.
November 26, 2013
Valparaiso senior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American Division I Men’s Soccer First Team, as announced on Monday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A year ago, Vervynckt was a Third Team Academic All-American. With the honor, Vervynckt becomes the first Crusader in the history of the men’s soccer program to be selected as a First Team Academic All-American.
November 22, 2013
For the eleventh straight season, the Crusader men’s soccer team has been awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced Thursday by the organization.
November 14, 2013
Valparaiso juniors Mitch Albrecht (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and Eric Nieto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Louisville [Ky.] Collegiate) have been named to the Madness Horizon 2013 All-Conference Teams, as announced by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Albrecht was named to the first team, while Nieto was named to the second team.
November 12, 2013
The Crusaders went up a goal to none in 33rd minute of their Horizon League Quarterfinal match against Oakland. The Grizzlies, however, were able to score two unanswered goals - one just before half in the 42nd minute and the other in the 64th minute. Unable to create an equalizer, the Crusader men would end one of the program’s most challenging seasons to date in a 2-1 loss.
November 12, 2013
On Monday, the Horizon League announced its All-League selections with four Crusaders earning honors. Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) earned a spot on the All-League Second Team, while freshmen Kevin Klett (Muncie, Ind./Burris), Adrian Graham (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College), and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica/Excelsior) were each selected to the All-Freshman Team.
November 11, 2013
Valparaiso junior Mitch Albrecht (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) has been selected as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the Week of Nov. 4 – Nov. 10.
November 11, 2013
The Crusader men begin their quest for a Horizon League Tournament Championship on Tuesday night, as the team travels to Rochester, Mich. for a quarterfinal game against the Oakland Grizzlies. Kickoff for the match is scheduled 6:00 p.m. CT.
November 09, 2013
Needing to claim all three points in their final Horizon League match of the season, on senior night, the Crusader men defeated Detroit 1-0 to secure a berth in the Horizon League Championship. Fittingly, it was senior Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) who found goal to give the Crusaders the victory.
November 04, 2013
The Crusader men fell in a tough match at #20 Michigan on Monday night. An early penalty given to the Wolverines would turn out to be the difference in a 1-0 loss for the Crusaders.
November 04, 2013
Valparaiso senior Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) has been selected as the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 3.
November 04, 2013
In the last week of the regular season, the Crusader men travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on #20 Michigan. Valpo then has the week to prepare for its regular season finale with Horizon League foe Detroit on Saturday. Saturday's match carries plenty of post-season implications. The match will also serve as senior night for seven Crusaders.
November 02, 2013
With less than four minutes remaining in the Crusaders’ match at Cleveland State, Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) was able to convert from the spot to put the Crusaders a goal up on the Vikings. The Crusaders held onto the lead as time expired to earn their first Horizon League victory of the season and keep hope alive for a berth in the Horizon League championship.
October 31, 2013
For the second year straight, Valparaiso senior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Men’s Soccer team. The selection, as announced on Thursday, came from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As an Academic All-District V member, Vervynckt will be placed on the ballot for Academic All-American Honors.
October 30, 2013
Due to severe weather in the area, the men's soccer game against Western Michigan has been canceled. The game will not be rescheduled.
October 30, 2013
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week to discuss his squad's upcoming matches as the regular season winds down, as well as the program's work with TOCO.
October 30, 2013
The Crusader men take on Western Michigan on Wednesday night for a mid-week, nonleague match. On Saturday, the Crusaders travel to Cleveland State to play in what is shaping up to be their most important Horizon League match of the season, as they must secure a result.
October 25, 2013
A goal in the 42nd minute from Kevin Klett (Muncie, Ind./Burris) wasn’t enough in the Crusaders’ Horizon League match against UIC, as the Flames were able to put two away in the second half to beat the Crusaders 2-1 and stay unbeaten in league play.
October 24, 2013
After more than a week since their last match, the Crusader men return to action on Friday night to take on Horizon League foe UIC. UIC comes to Brown Field undefeated in league play, while the Crusaders are in search of their first league win. The match will carry plenty of significance, as each point is vital in this stage of the season.
October 23, 2013
Men's soccer will host its fifth annual benefit match for They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Brown Field against UIC, raising money for TOCO's annual Holiday Toy Drive. In addition, volleyball's Saturday afternoon match at 2 p.m. against UIC will serve as a TOCO benefit match as well.
October 16, 2013
Playing without several key players, the Crusaders were able to strike first in their game at Kentucky, scoring in the 11th minute of the match. The one-nil lead would slip away in the second half, however, as the Wildcats were able score two unanswered goals midway through the second half. The Crusaders would battle back and create chances to level the game but were unable to find an equalizer. Kentucky would go on to take a 2-1 victory over Valpo.
October 14, 2013
The Crusader men return to action this Wednesday, as the team travels to Lexington, Ky. to take on Kentucky in a nonleague match.
October 12, 2013
A goal scored in the 15th minute would be the difference in the match, as the Crusader fell 1-0 to #24 Milwaukee. The Crusaders played well enough to take at least a point from the match, and were certainly unlucky not to.
October 10, 2013
After playing six consecutive games on the road, the Crusaders return home to Brown Field to host #24 Milwaukee in a crucial Horizon League contest. Saturday night's match marks just the second home game of the season for the Crusader men. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.
October 09, 2013
Men's soccer head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week, as the Crusaders return home this weekend to host a top-25 Milwaukee team in Horizon League action.
October 09, 2013
For the second time in as many games, the Crusader men played to a 0-0 double overtime draw. This time around, the Crusaders met Loyola Chicago for a Tuesday night match-up between former Horizon League foes. The game would stay level at 0-0 after 90 minutes, forcing the two teams to play two ten minute periods of extra time to decide a winner. Neither the Crusaders nor Ramblers were able to break the tie however, meaning the match would end in a 0-0 draw.
October 07, 2013
On Monday, Crusader goalkeeper Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) was selected as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after helping Valparaiso secure a league point in a 0-0 draw at Green Bay.
October 05, 2013
Despite creating the best chances and having the better of play for much of the game, the Crusader men played to a 0-0 double overtime draw in their Horizon League game at Green Bay. With the draw, the Crusaders were able to leave the game with an important league point on the road.
October 03, 2013
The Crusader men travel to Green Bay on Saturday for what promises to be a very important league match. On Tuesday, the Crusaders travel to Loyola for a midweek matchup against the Ramblers.
September 30, 2013
Goals scored from set pieces in the first and last five minutes of the first half would prove to be the difference in the Valparaiso men’s soccer game at Dayton, as the Crusaders dropped a 2-0 decision on the road against the #19 Flyers.
September 28, 2013
In their second Horizon League game of the season, the Crusaders traveled to Wright State to take on the Raiders. A slow start from the Crusaders would lead to an early Raider goal. Valpo would go on to control much of the second half, creating multiple chances. The Crusaders were unable to provide the final touch necessary to find goal however, as the Raiders were able to hand the Crusaders their first league loss of the season.
September 27, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team is back in action this weekend as the team travels to Dayton, Ohio for a pair of games. Saturday night, the Crusaders continue their quest for the Horizon League title, taking on Wright State. Valpo then stays in Dayton to take on the #19 Flyers in a Monday night matchup.
September 26, 2013
The date for the Crusaders’ Horizon League home game against UIC has been changed to Friday, October 25th. UIC will travel to Valparaiso to play an important league match at Brown Field. Kickoff will remain scheduled for 7 p.m. This match will also mark the fifth annual TOCO benefit match hosted by the Valparaiso men’s soccer program.
September 22, 2013
Playing their sixth game on the road this season, the Valparaiso men traveled to Western Illinois for a Sunday afternoon matchup. After a quick turnaround from a tough result on Friday night, the Crusaders were able to score two goals in the early stage of the game in what would end as a 5-2 victory over the Leathernecks.
September 20, 2013
Tulsa, the #12 team in the country, was able to take a 1-0 lead over Valpo in the 15th minute of play on a Crusader error and would not look back. The Golden Hurricane would go on to score three additional goals to hand the Crusaders their first loss of the season.
September 19, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team is back in action this weekend as the team travels to Tulsa to take on the #12 Golden Hurricane in a Friday night matchup. Valpo then travels to Western Illinois to face off against the Leathernecks on Sunday afternoon.
September 18, 2013
Off to one of the best starts in program history, the Valparaiso men's soccer team finds itself ranked 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Great Lakes region rankings.
September 13, 2013
For the fourth time in five games, the Crusaders needed extra time to decide the outcome of their match. Rather than the game end in another draw, Nick Suker (Downers Grove, Ill.) and the Crusaders would end the match and secure a victory in the 106th minute. Suker, controlling a pass from Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth), scored his second goal of the season, and the golden goal of the match. Valpo defeated IUPUI 2-1 in the second period of extra time.
September 12, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team is back in action this Friday night, as the team prepares take on IUPUI at Brown Field. Kickoff for the match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (CDT).
September 11, 2013
Trio of matchups against Big Ten teams last weekend for men's and women's soccer and volleyball result in historic victories; provide confidence for Crusaders moving forward
September 08, 2013
The Crusader men entered their contest against Michigan State unbeaten, but without a win. That changed Sunday afternoon as Valpo defeated the #RV/24 ranked Spartans 2-1. Nick Suker (Downers Grove, Ill./South) would score his first goal of the season and subsequent game winner in the 79th minute of the match. Valpo would go on to keep its goal advantage and pick up its first win of the season, remaining unbeaten.
September 06, 2013
For the third time in as many games, extra time would be needed to decide the result of a Crusader men’s soccer match. In this edition, the Crusaders traveled to Rochester, Mich. to take on the Oakland Grizzlies; the newest member of the Horizon League. Typical of Horizon League games, this was a highly competitive, physical, and skillful contest. The game ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw, with Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) scoring the lone Crusader goal.
September 06, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s side is back on the road as the team travels to Rochester and East Lansing, Mich. to take part in the Grizzly/Spartan Crossover Tournament. The Crusaders kick off the 2013 Horizon League campaign on Friday, taking on Oakland, in what will be the side’s third game of the season. Valpo then travels to East Lansing to wrap up the weekend with a game against a top-25 Michigan State squad.
September 04, 2013
Men's soccer head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week, following the Crusaders' pair of draws on their opening weekend of play.
September 02, 2013
Redshirt junior goalkeeper, Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and senior midfielder, Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) were selected to the Mike Gibbs Memorial All-Tournament team for their performances against Jacksonville and North Florida on the weekend.
September 01, 2013
With little turnover between games, the Crusader men were back in action Sunday afternoon to take on the North Florida Ospreys. Having played 110 minutes in hot, humid Jacksonville weather on Friday night, the Crusaders again found themselves going the distance in the hot Florida weather, as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw.
August 31, 2013
The Crusader men posted a 0-0 draw Friday night in Jacksonville, despite being a man down for the final 23 minutes of regulation and the duration of overtime. Although the team was unable to walk away with the result that they had hoped for, head coach Mike Avery was pleased with the fight and attitude his team showed.
August 29, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team opens the 2013 regular season campaign with a pair of games in Jacksonville, Fla. this weekend. The Crusaders take on Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 30, and then North Florida on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament.
August 27, 2013
With the men's soccer team set to begin regular season play this weekend at the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament in Jacksonville, FL, read about what you can expect from the Crusader men during the 2013 campaign.
August 19, 2013
In addition to hiring Kelly Altman as the men’s lead assistant coach and promoting Brendan Roth to second assistant coach/reserve team head coach; Valparaiso men’s soccer coach Mike Avery has added two more to his staff for the 2013 season. Garrett Estrin has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach, while Brett Gorden has been named the director of soccer operations.
August 15, 2013
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish seventh in Horizon League play for the upcoming 2013 season, as announced today by the League office. The Crusader men are coming off a 2-2-3 Horizon League regular season that culminated in a heartbreaking 1-0 semifinal loss to eventual league Tournament champion, Cleveland State.
July 29, 2013
The Valparaiso men's soccer program announced two more additions to its 2013 roster on Monday, as freshman Nico Campbell and SMU transfer Jacob Gandarilla will join the Crusader program for this coming season.
July 26, 2013
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery >announced today that Kelly Altman has joined the Crusader coaching staff as the program's lead assistant coach.  In addition, Brendan Roth, who spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant, has been promoted to the program's second assistant position.
July 23, 2013
Valparaiso redshirt junior goalkeeper Tom Serratore is featured on the cover of the Summer 2013 issue of the NCAA Champion magazine in a story which highlights his efforts with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, including the organization of the men's soccer program's annual head-shaving fundraiser.
June 27, 2013
Valparaiso University men’s soccer standout Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) has been named the male recipient of the Horizon League’s 2012-2013 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, the league office announced Thursday, June 27.
June 06, 2013
Six matches against teams which made the NCAA Tournament last season highlight the 2013 schedule for the Valparaiso men's soccer program, as released today by head coach Mike Avery. Be sure to check out Avery's thoughts on the schedule in the attached video.
May 30, 2013
A pair of former Valparaiso men's soccer standouts, Stefan Antonijevic and Kyle Zobeck, saw their respective professional clubs meet earlier this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
May 15, 2013
Six student-athletes have confirmed their intention to join the Valparaiso men’s soccer program this fall, head coach Mike Avery announced today, bringing the total number of the 2013 incoming recruiting class to 12. This second group of future Crusaders will join the group of six previously announced recruits in bolstering the Valparaiso roster as they prepare to face one of the strongest schedules in program history in the 2013 soccer season.
April 23, 2013
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hosted its third annual head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at the ARC on Sunday, benefiting funding to find cures for childhood cancers. 84 volunteers had their heads shaved as the donations totaled more than $21,000.
April 20, 2013
Members of the Valparaiso men’s soccer team, as well as Valparaiso University president Dr. Mark Heckler and wife Veronica, among others, will be getting their heads shaved for the third consecutive year at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday, April 21 at noon as the Crusaders raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers.
March 29, 2013
The Valparaiso University men's soccer program is excited to announce its first ever Valpo Soccer VIP Weekend, to be held on April 13-14. The VIP Weekend will allow prospective student-athletes to be immersed fully in the university experience while specifically targeting the academic, athletic, and social aspects of campus life.
March 27, 2013
Former Valparaiso men's soccer player Stefan Antonijevic became the second Crusader alum to sign a professional contract this month, inking a deal with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League as announced by the club this week.
March 05, 2013
Former Valparaiso goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck has become the first Crusader men's soccer alum to sign a Major League Soccer contract, as Zobeck inked a deal with FC Dallas, as announced by the club Tuesday morning. Per league and team policy, the terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
February 18, 2013
Valparaiso freshman midfielder Alvaro Betancourt (Caguas, P.R.) has joined his Puerto Rico U20 national team teammates south of the border for the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship to be held Feb. 18 - Mar. 3, 2013 in Puebla, Mexico.
February 13, 2013
Valparaiso University head men’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced today that the Crusaders have received commitments from six players to join the Valpo program as freshmen for the fall of 2013. The newest additions to the Crusader program includes defenders Mo Harb and John Patton , midfielder Forrest Chong, forward Kevin Klett and goalkeepers Nate Kitchell and Jacob Peterson . These six players join Julio Velasquez, who started classes and has been a part of team training since his enrollment in January.
February 10, 2013
Valparaiso placed a league-high ten student-athletes over five sports on the Horizon League's 2012 Fall Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office.
January 31, 2013
Meet Todd Vervynckt of the Valparaiso men's soccer team - a standout on the field and an Academic All-American in the classroom.
January 22, 2013
For the second straight season, the Valparaiso men's soccer program had a player chosen in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft, as two-time Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year Kyle Zobeck learned Tuesday he had been selected by FC Dallas with the seventh pick of the second round.
January 14, 2013
The Valparaiso University men's soccer program is excited to announce their first Valpo VIP Day Camp of the new year. This one-day event, to be held on March 17th, is an alternative to the customary overnight camp and designed to maximize the player's experience while not distracting him from an already busy club schedule.
November 29, 2012
Valparaiso junior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s Soccer Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Thursday. Vervynckt becomes the second Crusader men's soccer player in the last three years to earn the national academic honor.
November 29, 2012
Valparaiso goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) has been named the Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the month of October.
November 16, 2012
For the tenth consecutive year, both the Valparaiso men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams were awarded with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization on Friday.
November 11, 2012
Valparaiso men’s soccer seniors Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and Jon Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) closed out their Crusader careers by earning All-Tournament Team honors at the 2012 Horizon League Championship.
November 09, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team saw its 2012 campaign come to a close on Friday, as the Crusaders fell 1-0 to Cleveland State in Horizon League Championship semifinal action in Detroit, Mich.
November 08, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team takes aim at the 2012 Horizon League Championship this weekend in Detroit, advancing to the semifinals following a 1-0 win on Tuesday over Milwaukee. The fourth-seeded Crusaders face second-seeded Cleveland State at 10 a.m. CST on Friday, with the winner facing either Loyola or Detroit for the championship on Sunday.
November 06, 2012
Senior Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) headed home a cross from close range just 22 seconds before halftime Tuesday evening, the only goal #4 Valparaiso would need as it downed #5 Milwaukee 1-0 in a Horizon League Championship quarterfinal at Brown Field. The win advances the Crusaders to the semifinals, where they will take on #2 Cleveland State in Detroit on Friday morning at 10 a.m. CST.
November 05, 2012
For the second time in 72 hours, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team will face off against Milwaukee, as the two squads meet Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Brown Field in the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals. The Crusaders enter the tournament as the fourth seed, while the Panthers are the fifth seed.
November 05, 2012
Valparaiso fifth-year senior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) became the first goalkeeper in Horizon League history to earn consecutive Goalkeeper of the Year honors and was named to the All-League First Team, leading a group of four Crusaders who were honored on Monday as the league announced its postseason awards.
November 03, 2012
The Valparaiso men's soccer team closed out the 2012 regular season on Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., falling to Milwaukee by a 2-1 final. The Crusaders will open the Horizon League Championship as the fourth seed in a re-match with the Panthers at Brown Field on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
November 02, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team closes out the regular season on Saturday evening in a Horizon League matchup at Milwaukee. The Crusaders, who have already secured a spot in the league tournament, can clinch a top-four seed and a home game with a win or draw.
November 01, 2012
Valparaiso junior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Men’s Soccer team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced on Thursday. With the selection, Vervynckt will move on to the ballot for Academic All-American honors.
October 30, 2012
A pair of goals from freshman Jordan Aidoud (L'isled'Abeau, France/CEFAM) helped Valparaiso to a 3-1 victory over IPFW Tuesday evening in non-league play in Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 27, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team dueled to a scoreless game with Big Ten foe Michigan for over 88 minutes on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich., but an 89th minute goal by the host Wolverines sent the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat. The loss snapped Valpo’s six-match unbeaten streak.
October 24, 2012
Valparaiso scored a goal in each half to end the 2012 regular season home slate on a high note, defeating Wright State Wednesday evening at Brown Field, 2-1, in Horizon League action. The win was the Crusaders' third consecutive win and sixth consecutive result, matching a program record for longest unbeaten streak.
October 23, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team closes out the 2012 home regular season slate with a key Horizon League showdown against Wright State on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Valpo then steps out of league play to take on Big Ten foe Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon. Catch head coach Mike Avery's thoughts on the Valpo Coaches Show by clicking the 'play' button to the left.
October 22, 2012
Sophomore Eric Nieto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Louisville Collegiate [Ky.] H.S.) and fifth-year senior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) were named the Horizon League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, on Monday after helping Valparaiso to a pair of victories last week.
October 21, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team picked up three points on the road Sunday afternoon in a crucial Horizon League matchup, scoring a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes despite playing a man down to defeat Detroit by a 2-0 final.
October 17, 2012
In a game played Wednesday night in driving rain at points, the Valparaiso men's soccer team made a pair of goals in the first 13 minutes stand up for a 2-1 victory in non-league play over Northern Illinois. The Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to four games with the win.
October 17, 2012
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) has been named one of 10 nationwide finalists for the 2012 men's soccer Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Fans can vote for Zobeck to win the award through November 19.
October 16, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hosts a non-league game Wednesday night under the lights at Brown Field as it welcomes Northern Illinois. The Crusaders then travel to play Sunday afternoon in league play against Detroit. Wednesday’s match will serve as the Crusaders’ benefit match for Fields of Dreams Uganda.
October 13, 2012
Valparaiso picked up a point in Horizon League play on Saturday night, as the Crusaders and Cleveland State played to a scoreless double-overtime draw at Brown Field.
October 11, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team looks to move up the Horizon League standings Saturday night as the Crusaders host Cleveland State under the lights at Brown Field at 7 p.m. Saturday night’s match will serve as the Crusaders’ fourth annual TOCO benefit match, with the standard admission fee waived in favor of a donation gate.
October 09, 2012
Playing under the shadow of the 'L' at Wish Field on the north side of Chicago Tuesday afternoon, the Valparaiso men's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with Big East foe DePaul.
October 06, 2012
A goal by senior Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) in the 79th minute equalized Valparaiso's match Saturday night at Brown Field against Green Bay, and the Crusaders and Phoenix ended the night with a 1-1 draw.
October 04, 2012
The Crusader men’s soccer team closes out a busy Homecoming Saturday on the Valparaiso campus under the lights at Brown Field, as they host Green Bay in a Horizon League showdown.
September 29, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat in Horizon League play Saturday evening, falling at UIC on a 67th minute goal.
September 28, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program will be hosting a pair of VIP Day Camps in the coming months on Sunday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Mar. 17. These one-day events are an alternative to the customary overnight camp and offer the serious high school, or post-high school, male soccer athlete a focused curriculum designed to assist them as they prepare and grow as soccer players.
September 27, 2012
Valparaiso continues a stretch of three consecutive Horizon League matches to kick off the league slate on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago to face off against UIC.
September 22, 2012
The Valparaiso men's soccer team earned a point in its Horizon League opener on Saturday evening, dueling to a scoreless double-overtime draw with Loyola on a cool night at Brown Field.
September 19, 2012
The tough-luck stretch for the Valparaiso men's soccer team continued on Wednesday evening, as despite 20 shot attempts, including eight which were on goal, the Crusaders fell 1-0 at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind.
September 18, 2012
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2012 men’s soccer Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
September 18, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team looks to snap a four-match losing streak in its final contest prior to the start of league play Wednesday night at IUPUI. The Crusaders then return home to Brown Field Saturday night to face the Loyola squad which eliminated them from the Horizon League Championship last season.
September 14, 2012
Despite a 16-5 advantage in shot attempts, the Valparaiso men's soccer team couldn't find a goal on Friday night at Brown Field, falling to Western Michigan, 1-0.
September 12, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team returns home to Brown Field this Friday evening for its lone match of the week, as the Crusaders host Western Michigan. It will be ‘Veterans Honoring Veterans’ night, as Valpo celebrates its senior class of ten players on Friday while also recognizing veterans of military service.
September 09, 2012
Valparaiso concluded its two-match swing through the state of California Sunday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 decision at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
September 07, 2012
Junior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) scored a goal off a corner kick in the 29th minute as Valparaiso led #9 UC Santa Barbara at halftime Friday evening in Santa Barbara, Calif., but the Gauchos scored a pair of second-half goals to down the Crusaders, 2-1.
September 05, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team travels to the Golden State for the first time since 2006 this weekend, playing a pair of matches in California. The Crusaders will take on the nation’s ninth-ranked team in UC Santa Barbara on Friday night before facing Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon.
September 02, 2012
A goal in the seventh minute proved to be the difference Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, as the Valparaiso men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to visitng Western Illinois.
August 31, 2012
Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit ValpoRewards.com to start playing!
August 31, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team closes out a brief two-match homestand with a rare afternoon game at Brown Field, hosting former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois at 1 p.m. this Sunday. The Crusaders are looking to extend their unbeaten streak to three matches to open the 2012 season.
August 27, 2012
The Valparaiso men's soccer team scored three goals in each half Monday night at Brown Field, opening the 2012 home slate with a 6-1 victory over Saint Joseph's (Ind.).
August 24, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened the season with a result on the road against a Big Ten opponent, traveling to East Lansing, Mich. and battling to a 0-0 (2ot) draw with Michigan State Friday afternoon.
August 23, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team opens up the 2012 regular season this weekend with a pair of contests, traveling to Big Ten foe Michigan State for a Friday afternoon match before opening the home slate against St. Joseph’s (Ind.) on Monday evening. The start of the season marks the beginning of the Crusaders’ defense of their 2011 Horizon League regular season championship.
August 19, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team controlled a good majority of its exhibition finale Sunday evening, outshooting visiting University of Chicago 21-4 and earning 12 corner kicks, but the final scoreline was a 0-0 draw in front of a crowd of 733 at Brown Field.
August 15, 2012
Crusader fans can catch incoming freshman Alvaro Betancourt (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola) as part of the Puerto Rico national team as it takes on 2010 World Cup and EURO 2012 champions Spain in a friendly from Bayamon, P.R. this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game can be seen live on ESPN3.com.
August 09, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team picked up the most first-place votes of any Horizon League team en route to being chosen to finish in third place during the 2012 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders are coming off of their first ever Horizon League regular season championship last year.
July 31, 2012
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery and baseball head coach Tracy Woodson have both agreed to extensions after leading their respective teams to Horizon League championships during the 2011-2012 school year.
July 23, 2012
Valparaiso incoming freshman Alvaro Betancourt will be captaining the Puerto Rico U-20 National Team this week as it competes in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship qualifying.
July 17, 2012
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Jeff Oleck, who is entering his fourth season as a member of the Crusader coaching staff, has been promoted to associate head coach.
July 05, 2012
Three Valparaiso men’s soccer players: Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar), Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) are on the roster of the Carolina RailHawks U-23 side which won the USASA U-23 National Cup Region III Championship to advance to the 2012 USASA U-23 Men’s National Cup Finals Championship.
July 03, 2012
Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering and Department of Athletics both have high expectations for its students and student-athletes, who have a long history of being recognized for their success. Continuing this tradition of excellence, Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West H.S.), a senior mechanical engineering major and mathematics minor as well as a member of the men’s soccer program, has been selected as a Tau Beta Pi Laureate, the highest distinction for a senior engineering student in the United States.
April 23, 2012
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today his side’s schedule for the 2012 campaign, a slate which includes four games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, three of which will take place at Brown Field. The Crusaders are coming off a 2011 season in which they captured the Horizon League regular season championship.
April 05, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team gathered in front of a group of over 100 family members and friends last weekend at the Harre Union for its annual end-of-season awards ceremony, celebrating a 2011 campaign which saw the Crusaders capture their first Horizon League regular season championship.
March 30, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hosted its second annual head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Friday, benefiting funding to find cures for childhood cancers. Over 60 volunteers had their heads shaved on Friday as the donations soared past multiple goals set by the Crusaders, already totaling over $18,000.
March 26, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team will be getting their heads shaved for the second consecutive year and will be joined by, among others, Valparaiso University president Dr. Mark Heckler in the Harre Union on Friday, March 30 at 11 a.m. as the Crusaders raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
March 22, 2012
In a group that features one high-profile transfer, and four talented incoming freshmen, Valparaiso head coach Mike Avery announced today that five more players have committed to the men’s soccer program for the 2012 season. The five newest additions are transfer Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./Benedictine University) and incoming freshmen Ty Unger (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek), Nicholas Kane (Cleveland, Ohio/Mayfield), Alex Lindsey (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), and Bernard Tume (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral).
February 28, 2012
Looking to build on a historic 2011 season that saw Valparaiso claim the Horizon League regular season championship, head men’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced a group of three incoming freshmen and two transfers who will continue their soccer careers at Valpo in 2012. The five newest additions are Jordan Aidoud (L’Isled’Abeau, France), Alvaro Betancourt (Caguas, Puerto Rico), Yannick Iwunze (Paris, France), Patrick McNulty (Waukesha, Wis.) and Michael Walsh (Wilmington, N.C.).
January 30, 2012
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team placed a league-high four student-athletes on the Horizon League men’s soccer Academic All-League team, as Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias), Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth), Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) all earned the accolades after helping the Crusaders to the 2011 Horizon League regular season title while also excelling in the classroom.
January 17, 2012
Center back Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson) became the first player in Valparaiso men’s soccer history to be drafted into Major League Soccer on Tuesday, as he was selected with the fifth pick of the third round of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by Sporting Kansas City.
January 03, 2012
Valparaiso junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) has been named a Third Team Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for his performance in 2011, both on the field and in the classroom. Zobeck was one of just 35 Division I student-athletes to earn a spot on the NSCAA Scholar All-American squads.
December 12, 2011
Two more Valparaiso men’s soccer players have received NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors, as fifth-year senior Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) both earned spots on the All-Region Third Team. The duo joins fifth-year seniorStefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]), who was revealed as a First Team All-Region honoree late last week.
December 09, 2011
Fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) has been named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, as released by the organization Friday morning.
December 09, 2011
Valparaiso University Men's Soccer is proud to announce their 2012 Valpo VIP Spring Day Camp dates of March 18th and April 22nd. These one-day events are an alternative to the customary overnight camp and offer the serious high school, or post-high school, male soccer athlete a focused curriculum designed to assist them as they prepare and grow as soccer players.
December 06, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program has once again been honored as a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, earning recognition for the ninth straight year.
November 13, 2011
Fifth-year senior defenders Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) represented Valparaiso on the Horizon League Men’s Soccer All-Tournament Team as the championship concluded on Sunday.
November 11, 2011
Despite its school-record 11th shutout of the season, Valparaiso couldn’t find a goal of its own in the second semifinal of the 2011 Horizon League Championship Friday evening at Brown Field as the game went through two overtimes at 0-0, and sixth-seeded Loyola eventually won a seven-round shootout by a 5-4 score to advance to Sunday’s championship match.
November 10, 2011
For the first time since joining the Horizon League, Valparaiso has earned the right to host a championship event at home, as the Crusader men’s soccer team hosts the semifinals and title game of the Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship this weekend. Valpo will take on sixth-seeded Loyola Friday evening at 7 p.m., and with a win, would advance to the title match on Sunday at 1 p.m.
November 08, 2011
Valparaiso learned its opponent for the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship semifinal on Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders will face sixth-seeded Loyola at 7 p.m. Friday night on Brown Field.
November 07, 2011
Eight Crusaders in all were honored on Monday afternoon as the Horizon League released its 2011 men’s soccer postseason award winners. Fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) was honored as Goalkeeper of the Year and joined Antonijevic as a First Team All-League selection. Meanwhile, Mike Avery received Coach of the Year accolades.
November 05, 2011
90 minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to determine a winner Saturday, but extra time would go against the Crusaders, as Valparaiso fell in the regular season finale at Green Bay, 1-0, on an own goal in the 94th minute. The loss was Valpo’s only defeat in Horizon League play this year.
November 02, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team secured the outright Horizon League regular season championship Wednesday evening as the Crusaders played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Butler at Brown Field. With the title, Valpo’s first in any team sport since joining the Horizon League, the Crusaders will host the Horizon League Championship semifinals on Nov. 11 and final on Nov. 13 at Brown Field.
November 01, 2011
Valparaiso, which has entered the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll at #9, needs just one point over its final two Horizon League games this week to clinch the outright league regular season crown. The Crusaders open the week at Brown Field Wednesday night against Butler, which will serve as Valpo’s Senior Night as well as the program’s annual TOCO benefit game. Valpo then closes the regular season on the road Saturday at Green Bay.
October 31, 2011
Fifth-year senior defender Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after helping to anchor the Valparaiso backline in a pair of shutouts last week.
October 29, 2011
Junior Jonathon Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) scored a golden goal in the 99th minute Saturday night at Brown Field to give Valparaiso a 1-0 victory Saturday night over UIC. But more importantly, it guaranteed the Crusaders at least a share of the league regular season title, Valpo's first league crown in any sport since joining the Horizon League.
October 28, 2011
Saturday night's men's soccer game against UIC will be a benefit match, as the Crusaders raise money for 2010 Valparaiso graduate and former men's soccer player Rodolfo 'Rudy' Lucas, who suffered a debilitating stroke this past summer.
October 26, 2011
Valparaiso tied a program record with its fourth straight shutout and kept pace atop the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders got a goal from Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) in the 59th minute to defeat Loyola 1-0 in Chicago, Ill. on Wednesday evening.
October 25, 2011
Valparaiso looks to remain atop the Horizon League table this week with a pair of contests against the league’s Chicago sides. The Crusaders travel to Loyola for a Wednesday night matchup before hosting UIC on Saturday evening.
October 24, 2011
A pair of shutouts and a new program single-season record was enough for Valparaiso redshirt junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) to garner Horizon League Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league office this morning. The weekly honor was the first of Zobeck’s career.
October 22, 2011
Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) recorded his third straight shutout en route to setting Valparaiso’s single-season record in the category and the Crusaders got a pair of second-half goals to down Milwaukee, 2-0, Saturday evening at Brown Field. The win moves Valpo into a tie atop the Horizon League table, with games in hand on both sides it’s tied with.
October 18, 2011
Valparaiso goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) tied the team’s single-season record with his seventh shutout of the year, while Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) tallied goals as the Crusaders defeated IPFW Tuesday night at Brown Field, 2-0.
October 17, 2011
Valparaiso redshirt junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) was named the Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the month of September, the league office announced today.
October 17, 2011
Valparaiso concludes its four-match homestand at Brown Field this week with two matches. The non-league slate wraps up with a Tuesday night matchup against IPFW, while the Crusaders then resume Horizon League play Saturday evening against Milwaukee.
October 16, 2011
Valparaiso played step-for-step with regionally-ranked Ohio State, eventually earning a 0-0 draw in double overtime on a breezy fall day Sunday afternoon at Brown Field.
October 13, 2011
Valparaiso continues a four-game homestand with a showdown this Sunday against regionally-ranked Ohio State at Brown Field. The 1 p.m. game will feature free admission to all fans, free rally towels and stadium horns while supplies last and a free raffle ticket for the chance to win an autographed Crusader men’s soccer jersey.
October 09, 2011
Valparaiso claimed a two-goal lead in the 58th minute against Oral Roberts Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, but the Golden Eagles scored three unanswered goals as the Crusaders fell, 3-2, in non-league action.
October 07, 2011
Valparaiso moved to the top of the Horizon League standings, remaining unbeaten in league action, as a goal in the 38th minute by junior Sam Haines (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd) was the deciding strike in a 1-0 victory by the Crusaders over Wright State Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio.
October 06, 2011
Valparaiso plays its final Horizon League game for the next two weeks Friday night, as the Crusaders travel to Wright State in a meeting of two of the three unbeaten teams in league play. Valpo then opens a four-match homestand on Sunday at Brown Field against former Mid-Con rival Oral Roberts.
October 02, 2011
Valparaiso outshot former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois 25-11 Sunday afternoon and put 11 shots on goal, but it was the homestanding Leathernecks who found the back of the net late in the first half for the game’s lone goal, as the Crusaders fell 1-0 in Macomb, Ill.
September 30, 2011
Valparaiso remained unbeaten at Brown Field this year and improved to 1-0-1 in Horizon League play in dramatic fashion Friday night, as freshman Gerardo Avelar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio San Francisco) converted a strike from 35 yards out in the 98th minute to give the Crusaders a 3-2 (ot) victory over Detroit.
September 28, 2011
Valparaiso returns to Brown Field on Friday night for a Horizon League battle with Detroit before stepping out of league play Sunday afternoon to take on a former Mid-Con rival at Western Illinois.
September 24, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened Horizon League play on the road Saturday evening in Cleveland, Ohio and was able to come away having earned a result, dueling to a 0-0 (2ot) draw with Cleveland State.
September 22, 2011
Valparaiso opens the Horizon League schedule this weekend, traveling to Cleveland State for a Saturday night contest. The game against the Vikings marks the first of three league matchups in the Crusaders’ next four games.
September 18, 2011
On a windy Sunday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich., the Valparaiso men’s soccer team fell behind in the first half and was unable to find the equalizer going against the wind in the second half, eventually falling 2-0 to Western Michigan in the Crusaders’ last game before the start of Horizon League play.
September 16, 2011
Returning home to Brown Field for the first time since the season opener, Valparaiso earned its second straight 1-0 victory Friday night, defeating IUPUI thanks to a strike in the 63rd minute from freshman Eric Nieto (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate).
September 14, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team returns home for the first time since the season opener Friday evening, hosting former Mid-Con foe IUPUI at Brown Field. The Crusaders then travel to Western Michigan for a Sunday afternoon game, the last before the start of Horizon League play.
September 11, 2011
As time was winding down in regulation Sunday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill., it was a senior who stepped up big for Valparaiso, as Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) found the back of the net with just 17 seconds left to play to give the Crusaders a thrilling 1-0 victory over Northwestern in the finale of the niu Adidas Invitational. Valpo concluded the tournament in second place out of the four participating teams.
September 09, 2011
A goal by Isaac Kannah in the 85th minute proved to be the difference on Friday evening, as Valparaiso fell to #20 Northern Illinois, 1-0, in its first match at the NIU adidas Invitational in DeKalb, Ill.
September 07, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team competes in its second tournament in as many weeks this weekend, heading to Northern Illinois for the NIU adidas Invitational. The Crusaders face off against the host Huskies, ranked 20th nationally, on Friday evening before taking on Big Ten foe Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.
September 05, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team placed a pair of players on the Duquesne Invitational All-Tournament Team, as fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) and junior Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) represented the Crusaders for their efforts on the pitch over the course of Valpo’s two matches.
September 04, 2011
Despite playing a goal down for the majority of the game Sunday, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team got the equalizer off the foot of sophomore Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) in the 73rd minute and went on to earn a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Big East foe Pittsburgh Sunday to conclude play at the Duquesne Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa.
September 02, 2011
Junior Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) equalized for the Valparaiso men’s soccer team just 14 seconds into the second half of play Friday night in Pittsburgh, Pa., but Duquesne knocked home the eventual match-winner in the 69th minute for a 2-1 victory in the Crusaders’ first match at the Duquesne Invitational.
August 31, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team hits the road for the first time in 2011 this weekend, traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on Pitt and the host Dukes as part of the Duquesne Invitational. The Crusaders enter the weekend coming off of a record-setting performance last Friday night.
August 26, 2011
Eight different Crusaders found the back of the net Friday night, while 23 players in all took the field, as the Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened the 2011 season with an 8-0 victory at Brown Field over Calumet College of Saint Joseph.
August 25, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team gets the 2011 season underway this Friday, Aug. 26 as the Crusaders host Calumet College on the pitch at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. Valpo enters the 2011 campaign coming off of back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history.
August 24, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer program looks to continue its winning tradition entering the 2011 campaign, coming off of back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history. It will be a talented, experienced group taking to the pitch for the Crusaders, as 21 letterwinners, including seven starters, return from last year’s squad as Valpo takes aim at the top of the Horizon League standings.
August 20, 2011
The Valparaiso men’s soccer team took to the pitch against outside competition for the first time in the 2011 season Saturday night at Brown Field, out-shooting Oakland 12-4 as the exhibition contest ended in a 0-0 draw.
August 12, 2011
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been predicted to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League in 2011, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches and announced by the League office today.
August 10, 2011
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that two former Crusaders have returned to Valpo, as J.J. Del Castillo and Steve Shively round out the Crusader coaching staff entering the 2011 season.
July 18, 2011
The Valparaiso men's soccer program was well represented as the Carolina Railhawks U23 side won the USASA U23 National Cup Championship this past weekend in Bowling Green, Ky.
July 07, 2011
Five Valparaiso men's soccer players, including four who return to the Crusaders in 2011, are on the roster of the Carolina RailHawks U23 side which won the USASA Region III U23 Men's Cup to advance to the USASA U23 Men's National Championship, starting on July 15.
July 06, 2011
Ten Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
May 31, 2011
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today his side's schedule for the 2011 campaign, which includes two home matches against teams which finished in the top-20 in the nation in 2010. The Crusaders enter 2011 looking to continue their winning tradition, having finished with a winning record in each of the last two years for the first time in program history.
May 23, 2011
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery has announced one more player who has signed an NLI to join the Crusaders for the 2011 season. In Eric Nieto, the eleventh player to commit to Valparaiso University, Avery has added another integral piece into the stellar class of incoming freshmen. The Crusaders will begin the 2011 campaign in August and will strive to continue the winning tradition which has led them to two record-setting back-to-back winning seasons.
March 18, 2011
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery introduced five student-athletes today who have accepted Valparaiso's University's offer of admission and will join the Crusaders for the upcoming 2011 campaign. With eleven total additions to date, Avery's Crusader squad has added significant depth and talent to the roster of a team coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history.
March 07, 2011
Members of the Valparaiso University men's soccer program will be getting their heads shaved for charity this Saturday, Mar. 12 as the program teams up with St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
February 23, 2011
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mike Avery introduced a six member recruiting class today that will help the Crusaders build on the momentum of back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history. Valparaiso is coming off a 9-8-2 campaign in 2010, and Avery's squad has posted an impressive 19-15-6 mark in the past two seasons.
February 17, 2011
The Valparaiso men's soccer program had four players honored as the Horizon League announced the 2010 Academic All-League team.
January 18, 2011
The Valparaiso men's soccer program announced today its camp dates for the spring and summer of 2011. For the first time in its five year history, the Valpo VIP Camp will offer something new: a one day college-prep camp for players interested in continuing to develop their skills so that they may compete at the collegiate level.
December 08, 2010
Valparaiso men's soccer assistant coach Jeff Oleck has been chosen as an instructor for the EXACT Soccer National Development Camp in Chicago, Ill. on Dec. 22-23.
November 30, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer program has once again been honored as a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, earning recognition for the eighth straight year.
November 18, 2010
Valparaiso fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) has been named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Men's Soccer Third Team, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Schwarz is the first Crusader men's soccer player in program history to earn Academic All-American honors.
November 08, 2010
Senior Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) and redshirt junior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) both repeated as Second Team All-Horizon League honorees, while junior Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team as the league announced its postseason award recipients Monday afternoon.
November 06, 2010
Valparaiso's group of eight graduating seniors were honored prior to Saturday night's match at Brown Field and all started and ended the match on the pitch. In between, they all played vital roles in the Crusaders' 2-0 victory over Detroit in the season finale.
November 03, 2010
Junior Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) scored his first career goal midway through the first half and junior Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) added an insurance tally in the second stanza as Valparaiso earned a 2-0 victory in non-league action over Eastern Illinois Wednesday night at Brown Field.
November 02, 2010
Valparaiso closes out the 2010 season with a pair of home matches at Brown Field this week. The Crusaders will face Eastern Illinois in non-league action Wednesday night before wrapping up the year with a Horizon League game against Detroit.
November 01, 2010
For the second straight season, Valparaiso fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District V First Team. With the honor, Schwarz is now eligible for Academic All-America consideration.
October 31, 2010
Valparaiso redshirt junior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) headed in his fourth goal of the season midway through the second half to knot up Sunday's match with UIC at Brown Field, but the Flames' Eric Frazier scored his second goal of the game in the 106th minute as the Crusaders fell 2-1.
October 28, 2010
Valparaiso begins its year-ending three-match homestand on Halloween night at Brown Field, as the Crusaders host UIC at 6 p.m. The Crusaders are trying to stay alive in the fight for a spot in the Horizon League Championship.
October 23, 2010
On a foggy night in Green Bay, Wis., Valparaiso had a great number of chances at goal, including eight corner kicks in the second half, but couldn't push the ball across the goal line as Green Bay earned the 1-0 victory Saturday evening.
October 20, 2010
Senior Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) scored a pair of goals, including the eventual match-winner midway through the first half, while Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) and Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) both registered goals as well as Valparaiso defeated Western Michigan, 4-0, in non-league action Wednesday night at Brown Field.
October 19, 2010
Valparaiso closes out a three-match stretch of non-league contests with a game against Western Michigan at home Wednesday night. The Crusaders then hit the road for the final time in the regular season for a league showdown at Green Bay Saturday evening.
October 17, 2010
Taking on a side tied atop the Big Ten standings for the second straight game, Valparaiso kept #16/17 Ohio State off the scoreboard into extra time Sunday afternoon, but the Buckeyes got a golden goal from Konrad Warcyzha in the 97th minute for the 1-0 overtime victory in Columbus, Ohio.
October 13, 2010
A scoreless game at the half quickly turned into a offensive battle Wednesday night, but unfortunately for Valparaiso, the Crusaders came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 decision against Big Ten co-leader Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
October 11, 2010
Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play to take a pair of shots at teams atop the Big Ten standings. The Crusaders travel first to Ann Arbor on Wednesday to face Michigan before heading to Columbus on Sunday to take on Ohio State.
October 09, 2010
The tough-luck Horizon League campaign for the Valparaiso men's soccer team continued Saturday evening in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Crusaders fell victim to an 86th minute goal as Cleveland State earned the 1-0 victory.
October 06, 2010
Returning to Brown Field for the lone home match in a six-game stretch Wednesday night, Valparaiso battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw with former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois.
October 05, 2010
Valparaiso takes a brief break from the road, returning home Wednesday to take on Western Illinois in non-league action. The Crusaders then continue their travels, which take them to Cleveland State for a Horizon League showdown on Saturday.
October 03, 2010
For the second straight Horizon League game, Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision, falling to Loyola (Chicago) Sunday evening in Chicago, Ill.
October 01, 2010
Valparaiso played right with #14/15 Butler in Indianapolis on Friday afternoon, forcing the game into extra time scoreless, but the Bulldogs struck for the golden goal in the 109th minute as the Crusaders fell 1-0.
September 29, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer program raised about $1,800 at its second annual charity game against Milwaukee on Sept. 24 and also collected six boxes worth of athletic equipment to donate to the children's charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO), for their work in Haiti and St. Lucia.
September 29, 2010
Valparaiso continues Horizon League play with a two-match road trip this weekend, traveling to nationally-ranked Butler on Friday before making the short trip to Chicago to face Loyola on Sunday.
September 26, 2010
Valparaiso got out to a strong start Sunday night at Brown Field against Wright State, scoring two goals within the first 20 minutes, and carried it throughout the match despite playing a man down the final 46 minutes, eventually earning a 3-1 victory over the Raiders in Horizon League action.
September 24, 2010
Valparaiso converted on a penalty kick early in the second half to tie its Horizon League opener with Milwaukee, but the Panthers tallied the golden goal in the 97th minute to earn the 2-1 victory at Brown Field Friday evening. The defeat was the Crusaders' first of the season, seven games into the campaign.
September 22, 2010
Valparaiso takes aim at remaining unbeaten this weekend in a pair of home matches. The Crusaders open Horizon League play Friday night against Milwaukee before taking on Wright State Sunday evening.
September 21, 2010
For the second straight season, the Valparaiso men's soccer program is holding a charity game to raise money for They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO), as the Crusaders are waiving the standard admission charge for Friday's game against Milwaukee and instead accepting monetary donations for TOCO. TOCO's founder, St. Lucian reggae artist Taj Weekes, will be in attendance at the game and will also be participating in a number of events on campus during the day.
September 20, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer team continued its rise up the NSCAA regional rankings this week, as the best start in program history currently has the Crusaders ranked #7 in the Great Lakes region.
September 19, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer team played its first regular season match under the lights at Brown Field Sunday evening and gave the home fans a taste of the way the season has gone so far, earning a 2-0 victory over Bowling Green State University.
September 17, 2010
Senior forward Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) found the back of the net in the 93rd minute of play Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., giving Valparaiso a 1-0 overtime victory over IUPUI. The win extends the Crusaders' season-opening unbeaten streak to five games.
September 15, 2010
Valparaiso looks to continue the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in program history, concluding a five-match road trip at IUPUI on Friday afternoon before returning home to Brown Field for the first time in 2010 to host Bowling Green on Sunday night.
September 13, 2010
Off to its best four-match start of all-time, the Valparaiso men's soccer team cracked the NSCAA Regional Rankings for just the second time in program history this week, coming in at #10 in the Great Lakes region in this week's polling.
September 12, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer team fought to a scoreless double-overtime draw with Florida Gulf Coast Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis., good enough for the Crusaders to win the Marquette Invitational championship, their second tournament title in as many weekends. Valpo is now undefeated through four fixtures for the first time in program history.
September 10, 2010
Valparaiso matched its best start in program history with its third straight win to open the season, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) set a new team record with his 15th career shutout as the Crusaders defeated Santa Clara, 1-0, to open the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis. on Friday afternoon.
September 08, 2010
Valpariaso looks to match and/or surpass the best start in program history this weekend as it travels to Milwaukee to compete in the Marquette Invitational. The Crusaders face Santa Clara on Friday afternoon before taking on Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday.
September 06, 2010
A goal in the 88th minute by senior midfielder Roby Del Giudice sent Monday's match against UC Riverside in Las Vegas, Nev. to overtime, and Del Giudice notched the match-winner late in the first overtime period to close a 2-1 victory for Valparaiso. The win gave the Crusaders the UNLV Nike Invitational tournament title, the first in-season tournament championship in Valpo men's soccer history.
September 06, 2010
Valparaiso fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week today after matching the Crusader career shutout record in a 1-0 win over UNLV in the season opener Monday.
September 04, 2010
Valparaiso goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) matched the Crusader career shutout record with his 14th clean sheet, while newcomer Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) found the back of the net in the waning minutes to give the Valpo men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over UNLV at the UNLV Nike Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. to open the season Saturday.
September 03, 2010
The 2010 campaign gets under way for the Valparaiso men's soccer team this weekend as they travel to Las Vegas to play in the UNLV Nike Invitational. The Crusaders will face the host Rebels Saturday afternoon before taking on UC Riverside on Labor Day.
August 31, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer program is the very definition of a program on the rise, coming off of a 2009 campaign in which it captured a school-record ten victories and finished in third place in the Horizon League. Now, the Crusaders enter 2010 with nine starters and 17 letterwinners back from last year's team, ready to take the next step and challenge for a Horizon League title.
August 29, 2010
On a gorgeous late-August night at Brown Field in front of a good crowd, the Valparaiso men's soccer program closed out preseason play with an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday evening. The end result saw the Gold and White sides fight to a 1-1 draw.
August 24, 2010
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team has been predicted to finish in a tie for third place in the Horizon League in 2010, as chosen by the league's nine head coaches and announced by the League office today.
August 21, 2010
The Valparaiso men's soccer team got its first run of action against an opposing squad Saturday evening in the first event under the lights at Brown Field, falling to Northern Illinois 2-1 in exhibition action. 23 Crusaders in all saw action in the preseason game, which consisted of 100 minutes broken into 40, 30 and 30 minute periods.
July 02, 2010
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that women's soccer head coach John Marovich and men's soccer head coach Mike Avery have both agreed to four-year contract extensions to continue at the helms of their respective programs.
May 20, 2010
The installation on the lights at Brown Field has now been completed and with it Valparaiso University has announced night games this fall in football as well as men's and women's soccer.
May 04, 2010
Four games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago highlight the 2010 schedule for the Valparaiso men's soccer program, as released today by Crusader head coach Mike Avery.
April 14, 2010
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.
February 25, 2010
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.
February 23, 2010
Valparaiso head men's soccer coach Mike Avery announced today the squad's 2010 spring soccer schedule, featuring three home appearances at Brown Field.
February 15, 2010
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.
February 04, 2010
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.
January 22, 2010
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.
December 31, 2009
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.
December 17, 2009
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.
November 30, 2009
Valparaiso University's men's and women's soccer teams have both been named a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
November 20, 2009
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.
November 15, 2009
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.
November 13, 2009
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.
November 12, 2009
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.
November 10, 2009
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.
November 10, 2009
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.
November 09, 2009
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.
November 08, 2009
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.
November 07, 2009
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.
November 04, 2009
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.
October 31, 2009
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.
October 30, 2009
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.
October 29, 2009
Due to forecasted storms and wind throughout the day on Friday, the decision has been made to move Valparaiso's men's soccer game at UIC back to Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
October 28, 2009
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.
October 24, 2009
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.
October 22, 2009
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.
October 20, 2009
Senior forward Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) scored both Crusader goals on Tuesday evening as Valparaiso defeated IPFW 2-0 in Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 19, 2009
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.
October 19, 2009
Valparaiso steps out of league play to begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday, taking on IPFW, before traveling to Milwaukee on Saturday for a key Horizon League battle against the Panthers.
October 17, 2009
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.
October 15, 2009
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.
October 11, 2009
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.
October 06, 2009
The Valparaiso men's soccer team closed its three-game road trip on a high note Tuesday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ohio, defeating Bowling Green by a 2-0 score.
October 05, 2009
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.
October 04, 2009
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.
September 30, 2009
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.
September 29, 2009
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.
September 27, 2009
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.
September 25, 2009
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.
September 23, 2009
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.
September 23, 2009
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.
September 21, 2009
The Valparaiso men's soccer team's game with Loyola at Brown Field on Sunday will now start at 4 p.m., one hour earlier than originally scheduled.
September 20, 2009
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.
September 16, 2009
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.
September 16, 2009
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.
September 13, 2009
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.
September 10, 2009
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.
September 08, 2009
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.
September 06, 2009
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.
September 03, 2009
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.
September 01, 2009
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.
August 31, 2009
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.
August 29, 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.
August 25, 2009
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.
August 22, 2009
The Valparaiso men's soccer team played its first complete exhibition game of the 2009 campaign Saturday evening at Brown Field, fighting to a 2-2 tie with Big East foe Marquette.
August 20, 2009
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League by the league's head coaches, as announced by the League office today.
August 19, 2009
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.
July 14, 2009
Former Valparaiso men's soccer standout Oscar Lomeli has signed a contract to play professional soccer with Club Universidad de Guadalajara of Guadalajara, Mexico.
June 25, 2009
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.
June 11, 2009
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.
June 01, 2009
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.
March 19, 2009
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.
March 19, 2009
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.
March 05, 2009
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.
March 05, 2009
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.
February 18, 2009
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.
February 18, 2009
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.
February 09, 2009
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.
February 09, 2009
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.
February 04, 2009
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Jaymie Bullard, Connor Cappelletti, Sam Haines, and Jonathon Smith will all join the Crusader side for the 2009 season.
February 04, 2009
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that Jaymie Bullard, Connor Cappelletti, Sam Haines, and Jonathon Smith will all join the Crusader side for the 2009 season.
December 11, 2008
Valparaiso University's men's and women's soccer teams have both been named a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
November 06, 2008
Senior forward Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel (Ind.)]) was named a Second Team All-Horizon League honoree for the second straight season, while junior midfielder Rodolfo Lucas (Mogi Mirim, Brazil/ [Coffeyville C.C.]) and freshman goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) were each honored as part of the league's All-Newcomer Team as the Horizon League announced its year-end awards on Thursday.
November 06, 2008
Loyola got on the scoreboard in the sixth minute Thursday in Horizon League Championship first round action in Chicago, Ill. and never trailed, defeating Valparaiso, 4-1, ending the Crusaders' season.
November 05, 2008
Valparaiso begins Horizon League Championship play Thursday evening in Chicago, Ill. as the Crusaders take on the Ramblers of Loyola at Loyola Soccer Park for the second time this season.
November 03, 2008
Valparaiso has earned the eighth seed in the 2008 Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship presented by U.S. Army and will travel to Chicago to take on fifth-seeded Loyola in first-round action on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
November 02, 2008
On Senior Day at Brown Field Sunday, all six Valparaiso seniors took to the pitch as part of the starting 11, and it was senior Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) who scored the eventual match-winning goal in the 55th minute as the Crusaders earned a 3-0 victory in Horizon League play over Detroit to close the regular season.
October 31, 2008
Senior Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) gave Valparaiso a lead on #13 UIC in Horizon League action at Brown Field Friday afternoon in the 14th minute, but the Flames tallied the equalizer less than six minutes later and scored the eventual match-winner midway through the second half to earn a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders.
October 30, 2008
Valparaiso returns home this weekend for the final two matches of the regular season, hosting #13 UIC on Friday afternoon before closing out the regular season against Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Both games will be played on Brown Field, Valparaiso's football stadium which was resurfaced with ProGrass during the summer of 2008.
October 26, 2008
For the second consecutive year, Valparaiso earned a hard-fought tie with a top-25 Michigan State squad, as the Crusaders and #24 Spartans played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer Sunday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich.
October 23, 2008
A goal in the 11th minute by Green Bay's David Znaty proved to be the deciding tally Thursday night, as Valparaiso dropped a 1-0 decision to the Phoenix in Green Bay, Wis. in Horizon League action.
October 22, 2008
After snapping a four-game losing streak with a win over IPFW on Sunday, the Crusaders will look to gain momentum as they enter their final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Green Bay for a key Horizon League meeting Thursday night before facing off at Michigan State on Sunday.
October 19, 2008
Goals in the first and 90th minute book-ended the match for Valparaiso, which got the eventual match-winner from Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) less than two minutes into the second half as the Crusaders defeated IPFW, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
October 16, 2008
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s soccer programs will be holding “Firefighter Appreciation Day” on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.  The doubleheader features the Crusader women hosting Cleveland State at noon for Senior Day followed by the Valpo men entertaining IPFW at 2:30 p.m.
October 15, 2008
Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play this weekend for the first time in almost a month, taking on IPFW at Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
October 11, 2008
Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) and Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel (Ind.)]) both tallied goals for Valparaiso Saturday evening in Cleveland, Ohio, but it was not enough for the victory, as Cleveland State defeated the Crusaders, 3-2.
October 08, 2008
Valparaiso will look to snap a three-match losing streak as the Crusaders continue Horizon League play at Cleveland State on Saturday evening.
October 05, 2008
Valparaiso and Loyola played a scoreless first half Sunday night in Chicago, Ill., but the Ramblers pulled ahead with a goal in the 57th minute and eventually went on to a 2-0 victory.
October 03, 2008
Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel (Ind.)]) broke a scoreless tie with his team-best fourth goal of the year in the 82nd minute Wednesday in Indianapolis, Ind., but Butler responded less than three minutes later to send the game into overtime, where the Bulldogs notched the match-winner in the 97th minute to earn a 2-1 victory in Horizon League play.
October 01, 2008
Valparaiso continues Horizon League play this week with a pair of league tilts, traveling to take on in-state foe Butler on Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT before facing Loyola in Chicago on Sunday at 6 p.m.
September 28, 2008
Valparaiso’s Rodolfo Lucas (Mogi Mirim, Brazil/ [Coffeyville C.C.]) knotted up Sunday’s match with Wright State at one with a goal in the 79th minute, but the Raiders got the eventual match-winner in the 85th minute to earn a 2-1 win in Horizon League play at Eastgate Field.
September 26, 2008
In a physical contest that featured 39 fouls and ten cards issued, Valparaiso jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Milwaukee scored with under a minute to play to force a 2-2 (2ot) draw in the Horizon League opener for both teams Friday at Eastgate Field.
September 23, 2008
The Valparaiso men's soccer team carries a two-match unbeaten streak into the start of Horizon League play, as the Crusaders close out a three-match homestand by hosting Milwaukee on Friday afternoon and Wright State on Sunday afternoon.
September 21, 2008
Junior forward Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) found the back of the net for the eventual match-winning goal in the 40th minute, one of his two goals on the day, as Valparaiso never trailed in a 3-0 victory over Western Michigan Sunday at Eastgate Field.
September 19, 2008
A second-half onslaught by the Valparaiso men’s soccer team paid off in the 88th minute, as Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) found the back of the net to pull the Crusaders even at 1-1 and eventually earn the tie Friday night at Missouri State, which entered the match coming off a tie with #2 Akron last weekend.
September 15, 2008
Coming off of a split last weekend at the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic, including its first win over a top-25 team in six years, Valparaiso closes out the pre-league slate, traveling to Missouri State Friday night before returning home to kick off a three-match homestand at Eastgate Field Sunday versus Western Michigan.
September 14, 2008
Evansville scored in the 14th minute Sunday and never relinquished the lead, defeating Valparaiso 3-1 in the finale of the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic in Evansville, Ind.  The Crusaders finished the tournament in second place and were represented on the All-Tournament Team by Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster), Tyler Sellers (Hutchinson, Kan./Buhler) and Andrew Stewart (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson).
September 13, 2008
Valparaiso’s men’s soccer match Sunday afternoon at Evansville to close out the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic has been moved up one hour to 12:30 p.m. CDT due to the threat of inclement weather.
September 12, 2008
Valparaiso earned its first win over a top-25 foe in six seasons on Friday afternoon, downing Soccer Times #25 and 2007 Elite Eight participant Bradley 1-0 on a hot, muggy evening in the opener of the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic in Evansville, Ind.
September 10, 2008

The Valparaiso men's soccer team has a challenging slate ahead of it this weekend, as the Crusaders head down to Evansville, Ind. to take part in the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic.  Both Bradley (2-1-1) and Evansville (4-0-0) enter the program regionally ranked and receiving votes in the NSCAA National Top 25 poll.

September 07, 2008
Tyler Sellers (Hutchinson, Kan./Buhler) registered his first career goal in the 22nd minute Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field, but Western Illinois tied up the match just 16 seconds before halftime and went on to earn a 2-1 win over Valparaiso.
September 05, 2008
Oscar Lomeli’s (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel (Ind.)] early goal helped give Valparaiso a 1-0 lead at the half Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., but IUPUI scored three times in the second half to take a 3-1 decision over the Crusaders.
September 04, 2008
2-0 for just the fourth time in program history, Valparaiso will look to extend its season-opening winning streak this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to IUPUI on Friday before returning to Eastgate Field to take on Western Illinois on Sunday.  Valpo will host Crusader Student Appreciation Day at Eastgate on Sunday, with all Valparaiso University students invited out to enjoy free food, t-shirts and fun while watching the Crusaders take on the Leathernecks.
August 31, 2008
Jon Obial (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) found the back of the net for the first time in his career early in the second half, and Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made five saves to earn his first career shutout as Valparaiso went into Chicago on Sunday and defeated DePaul, 1-0.
August 29, 2008
Senior captains Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ (Bethel [Ind.]) and Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) led by example Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field, as both netted second-half goals to lead Valparaiso to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Eastern Illinois in the season opener.
August 27, 2008
The Crusader men's soccer team opens up the 2008 season at Eastgate Field on Friday, hosting Eastern Illinois at 4 p.m. on Poster Giveaway Day.
August 26, 2008
Last season marked the beginning of a new era for the Valparaiso University men’s soccer program.  A new coach in Mike Avery, a new league in the Horizon League and even new uniforms awaited the Crusaders.  This year, Valpo has a year under its belts, both under the new coaching staff and in the new league, and will look to use experience gained last year to make an impact this season.
August 20, 2008
Valparaiso went on the road Wednesday to close out its exhibition season, tying Saint Francis (Pa.) 1-1 in Loretto, Pa.
August 18, 2008
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League by the league’s head coaches, as announced by the League office today.
August 16, 2008
Playing with just three days of preseason training under its belt, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened exhibition play Saturday at Eastgate Field with a solid 1-0 victory over Indianapolis on a goal in the 98th minute by Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central).
May 20, 2008
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.
March 26, 2008
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.
March 10, 2008
Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today the addition of two recruits that will join the Crusaders for the 2008 soccer season.  Israel Bisoni (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.
February 25, 2008
Valparaiso head men’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced today that seven players will join the Crusader program for the 2008 season.
January 29, 2008
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.
December 17, 2007
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.
December 06, 2007
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.
December 04, 2007
 Valparaiso University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams have both been named a recipient of the NCSAA/adidas Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
November 10, 2007
Valparaiso found 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.
November 07, 2007
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.
November 06, 2007
Valparaiso sophomore 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.
November 05, 2007

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.

November 02, 2007
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.
October 31, 2007
Valparaiso played 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.
October 30, 2007
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.
October 29, 2007
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.
October 26, 2007
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.
October 21, 2007
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.
October 17, 2007
Valparaiso returns to the pitch after a 12-day layoff with a stern test, as the Crusaders host #19/17 Michigan State at Eastgate Field Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
October 09, 2007
Valparaiso came back from a one-goal halftime deficit to knot up the match midway through the second half, but Western Michigan eventually came out on top, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.
October 08, 2007
Eastern Illinois scored three times in the first half on its way to a 4-0 victory over Valparaiso Sunday afternoon in Charleston, Ill.
October 03, 2007

Valparaiso earned its first victory in Horizon League play Wednesday afternoon at Detroit, defeating the Titans, 1-0.  The win gives the Crusaders five points in League action through five matches.

October 02, 2007
Valparaiso concludes its first stretch of play against Horizon League opponents with a game at Detroit Wednesday and follows with a non-conference tilt at Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
September 30, 2007

Valparaiso earned its second tie of the Horizon League slate Friday evening at Milwaukee, coming from behind to force a 1-1 (2ot) draw against the Panthers.

September 26, 2007

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.

September 25, 2007
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.
September 23, 2007
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.
September 22, 2007
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.
September 19, 2007
Valparaiso ends its four-game road trip on Friday afternoon at Western Illinois before returning home for the start of a brief two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against Butler.
September 17, 2007

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.

September 15, 2007

Valparaiso played a tight game Friday with DePaul in Chicago, Ill., but the Blue Demons found the back of the net with a goal in the 61st minute to down the Crusaders, 1-0.

September 12, 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.
September 09, 2007

Valparaiso played Evansville to a scoreless tie in the first half of action Sunday in Evansville, Ind., but the Purple Aces exploded for four second-half goals to down the Crusaders, 4-0.

September 08, 2007

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.

September 05, 2007
The Valparaiso men's soccer team continues pre-conference play this weekend, opening up the home season at Eastgate Field against IPFW on Friday before travelling to Evansville on Sunday.
September 03, 2007

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.

August 31, 2007
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.
August 29, 2007
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.
August 27, 2007
Due to a violation of team policies over the weekend, Valparaiso men’s soccer coach Mike Avery has decided to cancel tonight’s exhibition match at Goshen.  The match will not be made up.
August 25, 2007

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.

August 24, 2007

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.

August 24, 2007
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.
August 23, 2007
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish ninth in its inaugural season of Horizon League play, as announced by the League office today.  
August 18, 2007

In its first appearance on the pitch under new head coach Mike Avery, the Valparaiso men's soccer squad came away with a 1-1 (2ot) tie Friday night at Indianapolis in the exhibition opener.

August 16, 2007
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.
August 06, 2007
Valparaiso men’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.
May 16, 2007
Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today that two transfers and 16 incoming freshmen will join the Crusader program for the 2007 season.
May 15, 2007
A game September 16 against Loyola (Chicago) at Toyota Park in Chicago highlights the 2007 Valpo men's soccer schedule, released today by head coach Mike Avery.
April 18, 2007
Valparaiso's men's soccer team will hold a residential camp for high school players to prepare them for a career on the collegiate level from June 17-20.
January 18, 2007
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Mike Avery has been named the third head coach in the 24 years of the Crusader men's soccer program.
December 14, 2006
Valparaiso University was one of just 11 schools in all of NCAA Division I to be the recipient of the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
December 12, 2006
The 2006 Valparaiso men's soccer team concluded its final season of action in the Mid-Continent Conference with seven victories, the most by a Crusader team in nearly a decade.
November 29, 2006
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that after a review of the men's soccer program, the decision has been made not to retain Mis' Mrak as the Crusaders' head coach.
November 02, 2006
D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central [Ohio State]) was named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team, the league announced today, while Joel Wagner (Algonquin, Ill./Dundee Crown) was honored as a member of the league's All-Newcomer Team.
October 27, 2006
Valparaiso's bid to earn a repeat trip to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament was thwarted Friday, as the Crusaders dropped a 5-1 decision at Western Illinois.
October 25, 2006
Valparaiso closed out its 2006 home slate Wednesday afternoon at Eastgate Field, falling 1-0 to the visitors from Eastern Illinois.
October 24, 2006
The Valparaiso men's soccer team closes out the regular season this week with a pair of matches. Wednesday's home finale against Eastern Illinois will be Senior Day, as eight Crusader seniors will be honored at halftime. Valpo then heads to Western Illinois Friday, where a win will clinch a spot in the Mid-Con Championship for the second consecutive season.
October 21, 2006
Despite Jon Brighton's (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County) fourth goal of the season, Valparaiso could not come away with a victory Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., losing a key Mid-Con battle to UMKC, 2-1.
October 18, 2006
Valparaiso dropped a 2-0 decision to Michigan State on Wednesday evening in East Lansing, Mich.
October 17, 2006
The Valpo men's soccer team will look to separate themselves from the pack of teams fighting for berths in the Mid-Con Championship in a Saturday game at UMKC. Prior to that match, the Crusaders travel for a non-conference match at Michigan State on Wednesday.
October 14, 2006
In a hard-fought Mid-Con battle at Eastgate Field Saturday afternoon, freshman Eric Weigman scored in the 64th minute to put IUPUI in front and the Jaguars survived several Crusader near misses to earn a 1-0 win.
October 12, 2006
Valpo will take on IUPUI Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders' final Mid-Con home match of the season, trying for a school record tying sixth win of the season at home.
October 08, 2006
Sean McGinnis (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) posted a shutout in his first start of the season and Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) tallied his fourth match-winner of the season as the Crusaders blanked IPFW 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 04, 2006
Valpo mounted a furious comeback from a 4-0 hole on a windy afternoon in Evanston, Ill. but came up short, dropping a 4-2 decision to Northwestern Wednesday.
October 03, 2006
After playing five of their last six at home, the Crusaders, ranked ninth in the Midwest Region, are on the road this week against Northwestern and IPFW. The Brown and Gold are 1-2 on the road this season, but 6-4 overall, matching last season's win total, three shy of a program record.
October 02, 2006
Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), Valpo's sterling freshman keeper, was named the Mid-Continent Conference's Defensive Player of the Week today after shutting out preseason conference favorite Oakland Saturday at Eastgate Field.
September 30, 2006
Freshman Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) scored his third match-winning goal of the season and classmate Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) posted his fourth shutout of the year as Valpo knocked off preseason conference favorite Oakland for the second year in a row, 1-0 Saturday at Eastgate Field in Valparaiso, Ind.
September 29, 2006
Coming off a tough road loss at Centenary last weekend, the Crusaders have a shot at revenge Saturday at Eastgate Field when they host Oakland at 12:00 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies ended Valpo's 2005 season with a 4-2 win in the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
September 23, 2006
Centenary scored twice within just over two minutes late in the second half on Saturday afternoon as the Gents handed Valparaiso its first Mid-Continent Conference loss of the season 4-2 in Shreveport, La.
September 20, 2006
The Crusaders are on the road for the first time in three weeks, traveling to Shreveport, La. to take on the Centenary Gents Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in their second Mid-Con match of the season. No Valpo men's soccer team has started conference play 2-0 since 1997, something the Brown and Gold can do with a win.
September 18, 2006
For the first time in his four-year career, midfielder Jeremy Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Offensive Player of the Week.
September 17, 2006
Despite an 18-3 shot advantage in the second half and Viking red card in the 85th minute, the Crusaders could not overcome a halftime deficit and lost 2-1 to Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
September 15, 2006
After 82 minutes of scoreless soccer, Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County) got the Crusaders on the board and an insurance goal two minutes later secured the win as Valpo defeated Oral Roberts for the first time since 1998, 2-0 at Eastgate Field Friday night.
September 14, 2006
Ranked #7 in the Midwest Region by the NSCAA, the Crusaders open their final season in the Mid-Continent Conference Friday night against rival Oral Roberts at 4:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, Valpo gets a glimpse at the future taking on the Horizon League's Cleveland State at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at Eastgate Field and both will be broadcast live on 95.1 FM and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
September 10, 2006
The Buffalo Bulls scored the first four goals of the match and got a hat trick from Andrae Clarke en route to a 5-1 win over the Crusaders Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field in Valparaiso, Ind.
September 08, 2006
J.J. Eschenburg (Edgewood, N.M./Moriarty) had a goal and an assist and Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made seven saves for his second shutout of the season as the Crusaders improved to 4-1 with a 2-0 win over Western Michigan Friday night at Eastgate Field.
September 07, 2006
The honors keep rolling in for the Crusader men's soccer team, ranked sixth in the NSCAA Midwest Region, as today senior forward D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) has been named to the Soccer Times National Weekly Honor Roll for his play at the Copa de Causeway Tournament in California.
September 07, 2006
Off to the best start in program history, the 3-1 Crusaders begin a four-match homestand Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Western Michigan before taking on Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be carried live on 95.1 FM and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
September 06, 2006
For the first time in the program's 24-year history, the Crusader men's soccer team has earned a regional ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), checking in sixth in this week's Midwest Regional Poll.
September 05, 2006
D.J. Catrow's (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) four-goal performance at the Copa de Causeway Tournament in California has netted the senior the Mid-Con's Offensive Player of the Week Award, the league announced today.
September 04, 2006
For the second straight match D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) scored two goals, but Monday night it was not enough as Valpo lost for the first time all season, falling 3-2 at Sacramento State in the final match of the Copa de Causeway Tournament.
September 02, 2006
D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) scored twice in the first 17 minutes and the Brown and Gold withstood a relentless UC-Davis attack in the second half for a 3-2 win Saturday night at the Copa de Causeway Tournament in Davis, Calif., moving to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 1987.
August 31, 2006
Paul Leitlet's (Munster, Ind./Munster) four-goal, two-assist weekend has netted the midfielder a couple more awards, as he has today been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Times National Player of the Week.
August 30, 2006
At 2-0 for the first time since 1987, the Crusaders head west for the Copa de Causeway Tournament against UC-Davis and Sacramento State. Valpo will be in action Saturday night in Davis, Calif. and Monday afternoon in Sacramento.
August 28, 2006
After one of the most impressive weekends in school history, Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Offensive Player of the Week and was placed on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
August 27, 2006
Paul Leitlet (Munster, Ind./Munster) recorded the first Valpo hat trick in 11 seasons and Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) capped a furious Crusader rally with a double-overtime winner as Valpo improved to 2-0 on the season by upending Evansville 5-4 (2ot) at Eastgate Field Sunday afternoon.
August 25, 2006
Freshman Steve Shively's (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) first career goal was a match-winner, giving the Crusaders a season-opening win for just the second time in the last 16 years, and leading Valpo to a 2-0 win over DePaul Friday night at Eastgate Field.
August 24, 2006
The Crusader men's soccer team begins a season-long quest back to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Friday night at 5:00 at Eastgate Field against DePaul before welcoming Evansville to Valparaiso Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.
August 20, 2006
After nearly 70 minutes of scoreless soccer, the 24th-ranked UW-Milwaukee Panthers found the back of the net and held on late to top Valpo 1-0 Sunday at Eastgate Field in the Crusaders final exhibition tune-up of the 2006 season.
August 18, 2006
The Crusader men's soccer team opened the 2006 season Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, falling 2-0 to Xavier (Ohio) in an exhibition match.
August 16, 2006
After back-to-back seasons watching the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament from the outside, the seven 2006 seniors guided the Crusader men's soccer team to a 3-2-1 league mark in 2005 and a first trip to the conference's premier event since 2002. With their top five scorers back, the Brown and Gold have all the pieces in place to build on that success in 2006.
August 15, 2006
The 2006 Valparaiso University men's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Mid-Continent Conference in a poll of the league's seven head coaches.
May 30, 2006
Coming off only their second trip to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament since 1998, Head Coach Mis' Mrak today announced the 2006 men's soccer schedule, a lineup that includes 10 home matches at Eastgate Field.
April 27, 2006
Valparaiso University Head Men's Soccer Coach Mis' Mrak today announced Richard Jones has been named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach.
February 21, 2006
Head Coach Mis' Mrak today announced the signing of four incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent for the 2006 men's soccer season. Eric Jonas (Troy, Mich./Troy), Steve Shivley (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and Joel Wagner (Algonquin, Ill./Dundee Crown) will all join the Crusaders this fall as they look to build on last season's fourth-place finish in the Mid-Con.
February 20, 2006
The Valparaiso men's soccer team will host its 2006 boy's soccer camp June 19-22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Eastgate Field.
December 15, 2005
Valparaiso University is one of 48 intercollegiate soccer programs of all divisions to have both its men's and women's soccer teams recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2004-2005 academic year.
November 14, 2005
Juniors D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Central Catholic) and Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County) have been named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament for their performances over the weekend in Kansas City, Mo.
November 11, 2005
The top-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies scored three unanswered goals to avenge an earlier loss and send the Valparaiso University men's soccer team home with a 4-2 loss in the semi-finals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
November 10, 2005
Three members of the Valparaiso University men's soccer team were selected to the 2005 Mid-Con All-Conference Second Team, the league announced today.
November 07, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team enters the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. as the number four seed and will take on regular season champion Oakland Friday in the semifinals at 11:00 a.m.
November 06, 2005
The Michigan State Spartans spoiled the final home match for four Valparaiso University seniors, picking up a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
October 31, 2005
Senior goalkeeper Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Crusaders clinch a berth in the Mid-Con Tournament with a 1-0 shutout of IUPUI.
October 30, 2005
Playing a man down for most of the match, D.J. Catrow's (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) two second half goals erased a 2-0 deficit and gave the Crusaders a 2-2 (2ot) tie against Xavier Sunday at Eastgate Field.
October 28, 2005
Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) notched his fifth shutout of the season and Chris Goss (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) scored late in the first half to give the Crusaders a crucial 1-0 win at IUPUI Friday night.
October 24, 2005
Freshman defender Andrew Stewart (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced today.
October 23, 2005
Valparaiso, led by two goals off the foot of J.J. Eschenburg (Edgewood, N.M./Moriarty H.S.), put together their best offensive performance in more than seven seasons, defeating Cleveland State 5-2 Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.
October 21, 2005
Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) broke Valpo's all-time shutout record with the 13th of his career, and fourth of the season, as the Crusaders played the Western Illinois Leathernecks to a 0-0 double-overtime tie Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
October 15, 2005
Despite a late rally that netted three goals, Valparaiso fell to Oral Roberts Saturday night 5-3 in Tulsa, Okla.
October 12, 2005
Detroit's Vahid Assadpour scored his second goal of the match in the 101st minute to give the Titans a 2-1 double-overtime win over Valpo Wednesday at Eastgate Field, snapping the Crusaders' three-match winning streak.
October 10, 2005
Goalkeeper Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after tying Valpo's career shutouts record against Oakland.
October 08, 2005
Nate Hyde (South Bend, Ind./Clay) scored an unassisted goal in the 55th minute to give Valpo their third straight win, 1-0 over Oakland Saturday in Rochester, Mich.
October 01, 2005
Clifton Brown's (Chillicothe, Ohio/Unioto) first collegiate goal was all the offense the Crusaders would need to defeat Centenary 1-0 Saturday at Eastgate Field.
September 25, 2005
Freshman Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) scored a pair of goals as Valpo put an emphatic end to a three-match scoreless streak, routing IPFW 4-0 Sunday at Eastgate Field.
September 24, 2005
UMKC scraped out a second half goal and made it stand up in a 1-0 win over Valparaiso Saturday, the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both clubs.
September 22, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team will be collecting non-perishable food items at all home matches this year as part of a season-long drive in support of local food banks.
September 18, 2005
Valparaiso took 17 shots Sunday afternoon, but couldn't find the back of the net with any of them, as the Crusaders came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision to Western Michigan at Kalamazoo, Mich.
September 16, 2005
Eastern Illinois scored quick and added a late insurance goal on Friday afternoon as the Panthers defeated Valparaiso 2-0 in Charleston, Ill.
September 11, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team mounted a furious second half comeback to erase a 2-0 deficit, but lost 3-2 to Northern Illinois Sunday at Eastgate Field.
September 09, 2005
Valparaiso's second half comeback attempt fell just short on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a 2-1 decision to Butler in Indianapolis, Ind.
September 04, 2005
Sean McGinnis (Barrington, Ill./Barrington H.S.) notched his first career shutout and Valparaiso scored twice in the second half as the Crusaders defeated Canisius 2-0 on Sunday morning at the Bulls Classic in Buffalo, N.Y.
September 02, 2005
D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central H.S.) scored midway through the first half to give Valpo the lead, but host Buffalo scored three consecutive second-half goals and held on to defeat the Crusaders 3-2 Friday night.
August 27, 2005
Valparaiso concluded its 2005 exhibition season on Saturday evening, dropping a 3-0 decision at Dayton.
August 21, 2005
Valparaiso kicked off its 2005 exhibition season in victorious fashion on Sunday evening, as the Crusaders shutout Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 4-0 in Rensselaer, Ind.
August 19, 2005
Optimism abounds around the Valparaiso University men's soccer program heading into the 2005 season.
August 17, 2005
Valparaiso University's men's soccer team has been predicted to finish in sixth place in the Mid-Continent Conference this season in preseason balloting done by the league's head coaches.
August 10, 2005
WVUR (95.1 FM-Valparaiso) has announced that the student-run radio station will broadcast 42 live soccer and volleyball matches this fall, including several road contests this upcoming season.
June 01, 2005
Valparaiso University head soccer coach Mis' Mrak has announced his 2005 schedule which includes eight home matches at Eastgate Field while opening the season at the Bulls Classic in Buffalo, N.Y.
April 27, 2005
Valparaiso University will be hosting a boy's soccer camp June 20-24 for children ages 5-18. The camps will be divided up based on age groups.
February 21, 2005
Valparaiso University men's soccer coach Mis' Mrak has announced that he has signed five players to National Letters of Intent to join the Crusaders this fall. In addition, Mrak has added a transfer from the University of Massachusetts.
December 08, 2004
Valparaiso University is one of 53 intercollegiate soccer programs of all divisions to have both its men's and women's soccer teams recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2003-2004 academic year.
November 11, 2004
Valparaiso University's Nate Balfanz (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) and D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central H.S.) were named to the All Mid-Continent Conference Second Team on Thursday evening.
November 07, 2004
Chris Edwards scored twice to help lead Oakland to a 4-0 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field in the Crusaders' season finale.
November 05, 2004
Michigan State scored four times in the match's first 30 minutes on its way to a 7-1 victory over Valparaiso on Friday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich.
October 31, 2004
Two second half goals were the difference on Sunday afternoon as Ohio State defeated Valparaiso 2-0 at Eastgate Field.
October 29, 2004
Brian Garcia scored twice within 25 seconds early in the first half helping to lead UMKC to a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso on Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
October 25, 2004
Valparaiso University's Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after posting a shutout for the Crusaders on Sunday afternoon.
October 24, 2004
D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central H.S.) scored one goal and helped set up another as Valparaiso recorded its first Mid-Continent Conference victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating IUPUI 2-0 at Eastgate Field.
October 17, 2004
After battling for more than 102 of scoreless soccer, Andrew Ornoch's penalty kick goal in the second overtime period lifted Detroit to a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
October 15, 2004
Northern Illinois scored goals early in each half as the Huskies went on to defeat Valparaiso 3-0 Friday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill. as the Crusaders ended a seven-match road trip.
October 10, 2004
Valparaiso scored twice in the first ten minutes of the match as the Crusaders held on to defeat IPFW 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 08, 2004
Valparaiso suffered its first Mid-Continent Conference loss of the season on Friday afternoon, dropping a 2-0 match against Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill.
October 04, 2004
Valparaiso University's Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week following the Crusaders' double-overtime tie at Centenary on Saturday.
October 02, 2004
Valparaiso tied its second straight Mid-Continent Conference match on Saturday evening as the Crusaders tied Centenary 2-2 in double-overtime in Shreveport, La.
September 26, 2004
Four unanswered goals helped to lead Southwest Missouri State to a 5-1 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.
September 24, 2004
A pair of second half goals lifted Drury to a 2-0 shutout victory over Valparaiso on Friday evening in Springfield, Mo.
September 19, 2004
Valparaiso scored four goals for the first time since 2001, including three in the second half, as the Crusaders defeated Xavier (Ohio) 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio.
September 17, 2004
Butler scored just over 11 minutes into the match and added an insurance goal in the second half as the Bulldogs defeated Valparaiso 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
September 10, 2004
Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) made seven saves in notching his eighth career shutout as Valparaiso and Oral Roberts battled to a scoreless double-overtime draw on Friday evening at Eastgate Field in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for each squad.
September 07, 2004
Despite playing a man short for nearly 60 minutes, Valparaiso scored its first victory of the season on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 2-1 at Eastgate Field.
September 05, 2004
Jeremy Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central H.S.) scored with less than four minutes to play in regulation to help Valparaiso earn a 1-1 double overtime tie with DePaul on Sunday in Chicago.
September 03, 2004
Valparaiso University's men's soccer match scheduled for Friday evening against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) has been postponed. The two schools will look to reschedule the match at a later date.
September 01, 2004
Despite taking a brief 2-1 lead late in the first half, Valparaiso dropped its season opener 4-2 to Oregon State on Wednesday evening at Eastgate Field.
August 27, 2004
Tim Bowington (Odessa, Texas/Permian H.S.) and Owen Hoyt (Spring Grove, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) each found the back of the net as Valparaiso defeated Loyola (Ill.) 2-0 on Friday afternoon in exhibition action in Chicago.
August 25, 2004
Valparaiso University men's soccer coach Mis' Mrak has announced that Roberto Giannini has joined the Crusaders' coaching staff this season as an assistant coach.
August 25, 2004
Wednesday afternoon's exhibition men's soccer match has been postponed due to thunderstorms. It is not known at this time if the match will be made up.
August 24, 2004
Valparaiso's men's soccer team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2004 according to the preseason poll selected by the league's head coaches.
August 24, 2004
As the Valparaiso University men's soccer team opens its 2004 season, the Crusaders will look to put the ball in the net more than they were able to during the 2003 campaign.
June 03, 2004
Valparaiso University's men's soccer team will play four of its first five matches at home as the Crusaders released their 2004 schedule on Thursday.
March 25, 2004
Valparaiso University was one of just 23 Division I schools to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for both men's and women's soccer during the 2002-2003 season. The awards were handed out as part of the annual NSCAA Convention recently held in Charlotte, N.C.
November 14, 2003
Valparaiso University senior Josh Peacher (Granite City, Ill./Granite City H.S.) has been named to the Mid-Continent Conference Second Team.
November 08, 2003
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team saw its 2003 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders dropped a 3-2 decision to Wisconsin in Verona, Wis.
November 02, 2003
Two first half goals were all that Western Illinois needed as the Leathernecks defeated Valparaiso 2-0 on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
October 31, 2003
Loyola (Ill.) scored just over two minutes into the second half and made it stand up as the Ramblers defeated Valparaiso 1-0 on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
October 19, 2003
Adrian Conrad's first goal of the season was the difference, as IUPUI shutout Valparaiso 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in a Mid-Continent Conference match held in Indianapolis, Ind.
October 13, 2003
Valparaiso's men's soccer match scheduled for Sunday afternoon against IUPUI has been moved up one hour and will now begin at 1 p.m. The contest will take place at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis.
October 12, 2003
The Valparaiso men's soccer team recorded its second victory in its last three outings, defeating Drury 2-0 in Springfield, Mo. on Sunday afternoon.
October 10, 2003
Oral Roberts protected its home field on Friday evening, defeating Valparaiso 3-0 in a Mid-Continent Conference match held in Tulsa, Okla.
October 06, 2003
Owen Hoyt (Spring Grove, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) helped Valparaiso to its first victory of the season over the weekend, and in the process was named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
October 05, 2003
Valparaiso's men's soccer team had an offensive outburst for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon, and as a result the Crusaders tallied their first victory of the season, 3-2 over Centenary, at Eastgate Field.
October 03, 2003
Owen Hoyt (Spring Grove, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) scored Valparaiso's first goal in nearly 600 minutes, but it was not enough as the Crusaders dropped their Mid-Continent Conference opener to UMKC 3-1 on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
September 28, 2003
Matt Nickell's rebound goal nearly four minutes into the second overtime lifted Drake to a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.
September 26, 2003
After back-to-back shutout draws, the Valparaiso University men's soccer team surrendered three goals on Friday afternoon, falling to Michigan State 3-0 at Eastgate Field.
September 21, 2003
For the first time in school history the Valparaiso University men's soccer team battled to their second straight 0-0 after a double-overtime effort on Sunday afternoon against Xavier (Ohio) at Eastgate Field.
September 19, 2003
Valparaiso registered its first result of the 2003 season on Friday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, as the Crusaders battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Ohio State.
September 14, 2003
Three second half goals by Detroit led the host Titans to a 3-0 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon in Detroit, Mich.
September 07, 2003
Butler scored four times in the second half to break open a tied match as the Bulldogs went on to defeat Valparaiso 5-1 on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind.
September 05, 2003
Evansville scored five times within a 25 minute span in the second half as the Purple Aces defeated Valparaiso 5-0 on Friday evening in Evansville, Ind.
September 04, 2003
The match time of Valparaiso University's men's soccer match scheduled for Friday at Evansville has been changed to 8 p.m.
August 29, 2003
Jamal Sutton scored twice for Southwest Missouri State on Friday evening as the visiting Bears spoiled Valparaiso's season opener, defeating the Crusaders 3-1 at Eastgate Field.
August 27, 2003
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Mid-Continent Conference according to the annual preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches.
August 26, 2003
A year after qualifying for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons, the Valparaiso University men's soccer team will look to continue its climb up the Mid-Con standings as the 2003 season unfolds.
August 24, 2003
The Valparaiso men's soccer team ended the exhibition portion of their schedule on Sunday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich. with a 4-0 loss to Western Michigan.
August 22, 2003
Northwestern visited Eastgate Field on Friday evening for a scrimmage with Valparaiso and handed the Crusaders their second exhibition loss of the preseason 4-0.
August 20, 2003
The Valparaiso men's soccer team opened the preseason portion of their schedule on Wednesday evening, falling to Bethel (Ind.) 4-1 at Eastgate Field.
August 13, 2003
Valparaiso University's men's soccer match that is scheduled for September 21 against Xavier (Ohio) has been moved from Cincinnati to Valpo's Eastgate Field. The contest will begin at 1 p.m.
July 24, 2003
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team has changed two match times for the upcoming fall season.
May 23, 2003
Valparaiso University men's soccer coach Mis' Mrak has announced his 2003 schedule featuring three matches against teams from the Big Ten.
January 23, 2003
The Valparaiso University men's soccer program was honored with the Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last week at the annual convention.
November 18, 2002
Valparaiso University's Ben Olson (Oregon, Wis./Oregon H.S.) and Jon Flugstad (San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee H.S.) were each named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament Team following the championship's completion on Sunday afternoon.
November 15, 2002
Justin Langan tied a Mid-Continent Conference record with three goals and Jake Horn added a pair as Western Illinois downed Valparaiso 6-1 in the Mid-Continent Conference semifinals on a cold Friday morning in Rochester, Mich.
November 14, 2002
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mis' Mrak has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year while three of his players earned Second Team All Mid-Continent Conference honors the league has announced.
November 05, 2002
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team will play Western Illinois in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday, November 15 in Rochester, Michigan.
November 03, 2002
Valparaiso's hopes of sharing the Mid-Continent Conference men's soccer title were dashed on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders fell to Western Illinois 2-1 in Macomb, Ill.
October 28, 2002
Valparaiso University freshman goalkeeper Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) has been named Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
October 26, 2002
The top two teams in the Mid-Continent Conference battled for 110 minutes, but neither team was able to find the back of the net as Valparaiso and Oakland played to a 0-0 tie on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, Mich.
October 18, 2002
Centenary, which will begin Mid-Continent Conference play next season, handed Valparaiso a 5-2 loss on a cold, rainy, windy afternoon at Eastgate Field on Friday afternoon.
October 14, 2002
Valparaiso University senior Ben Olson (Oregon, Wis./Oregon H.S.) has been named Mid-Continent Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week following his scoring outburst over the weekend for the Crusaders.
October 13, 2002
Despite playing a man down most of the second half and overtime, Valparaiso rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Loyola 3-2 in overtime on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
October 11, 2002
Three straight goals in the middle of the match propelled Valparaiso to a 3-2 victory over UMKC on Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
October 06, 2002
Nick Pantazi scored twice in the first half to lead Butler past Valparaiso 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind.
October 04, 2002
Two first half goals propelled Oral Roberts to a 2-1 victory over Valparaiso on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
September 30, 2002
Valparaiso University freshman Nate Hyde (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Crusaders shutout IUPUI in their conference opener.
September 27, 2002
Valparaiso scored once each half on its way to a 2-0 shutout of IUPUI on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both schools.
September 22, 2002
The men's soccer team lost to Detroit 2-1 Sunday afternooon.
September 15, 2002
Xavier scored twice in the final 18 minutes of the match to defeat Valparaiso 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
September 13, 2002
Ben Olson's (Oregon, Wis./Oregon H.S.) goal with 8:38 remaining lifted Valparaiso to a 2-1 upset victory over 22nd ranked Wisconsin on Friday evening at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Valparaiso.
September 09, 2002
Valparaiso University freshman goalkeeper Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after posting a pair of shutouts over the weekend.
September 08, 2002
After 110 minutes in 90 degree heat, neither Valparaiso nor Evansville was able to find the back of the net on Sunday afternoon as the match ended in a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Eastgate Field.
September 06, 2002
Valparaiso scored a goal in the final minute of each half as the Crusaders downed Northwestern 2-0 on Friday afternoon in Evanston, Ill. to record their first victory in 2002.
September 01, 2002
Air Force used four second half goals to break a halftime tie on its way to a 5-1 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
August 30, 2002
Denver scored three times in less than seven minutes early in the second half on its was to defeating Valparaiso 4-2 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Falcon Invitational at the Air Force Academy.
August 30, 2002
As the Valparaiso Crusaders kick-off the 2002 season, the program will celebrate their 20th anniversary as a varsity sport.
August 25, 2002
Valparaiso erupted for six goals, four in the second half, as the Crusaders defeated Oakton 6-0 on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field in their final scrimmage of the preseason.
August 23, 2002
The Valparaiso University men's soccer team scored twice in the first half on its way to posting a 3-1 victory over Springfield College (Ill.) in its second scrimmage of the preseason, Friday evening at Eastgate Field.
August 21, 2002
Valparaiso University's men's soccer team opened its preseason with a 1-1 tie at Eastgate Field on Wednesday afternoon against Bethel.
April 30, 2002
Valparaiso University head men's soccer coach Mis' Mrak has announced his 2002 schedule which will feature three matches against Big Ten schools.
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
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Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
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Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
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Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
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Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler