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2008-09 Men's Soccer News
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.
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 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).
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
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
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.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler