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Crusaders Add More Youth National Team Experience to Roster
The Crusaders have added a pair of new players for the spring semester. (Avery Webster Davis)
The Crusaders have added a pair of new players for the spring semester. (Avery Webster Davis)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Valparaiso men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery announced today the addition of two standout student-athletes with experience with youth national teams from their respective countries to the Crusader men’s soccer roster.  Tapiwa Kaseke (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) and Julio Velasquez (Albuquerque, N.M.) are enrolled at the university and have joined the Crusaders in their off-season training.

“These two guys are proving to be perfect additions to our group,” said Avery.  “Tapiwa and Julio both bring interesting qualities on the field and have raised our level immediately.  They also add to the strong, interesting and rich culture we enjoy in the locker room, and both are tremendous young men that the Valparaiso University community will really enjoy.”

Kaseke, a 6’2” freshman striker from Zimbabwe, Africa joins the Crusader roster from Christian Brothers College (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe), where he compiled significant accolades throughout his prep career.  Named the Best Athlete as a senior with 67 goals, 23 assists, and 19 game-winners throughout his career, Kaseke also set the Christian Brothers College single season record for single-season goals scored with 31.  In addition to his high school accomplishments, Kaseke spent two years as a part of the U-20 Zimbabwe National Team, earning his first international cap versus Botswana.  

 “Tapiwa has the potential to be the one piece of the puzzle that we have really been missing in the past few seasons, and that is a true striker,” said Avery.  “Tapiwa is comfortable in the high, central channel, and has great instincts in the penalty box.  He has great pace to get behind defenses, and is powerfully built to fend off tackles.  Most importantly, Tapiwa has a finisher’s instinct in front of the goal and is always looking to find the target.”

 “I look forward to a new experience where I can make a difference in my life,” said Kaseke.  “I enjoy the way the Valpo program is conducted and how it takes the time to develop players.”

Velasquez, a 5’8” native of Albuquerque, N.M., most recently played with Lincoln College in Illinois, where he was named Freshman of the Year in 2011 and twice recognized as a NJCAA First Team All-Region standout.  Prior to his tenure at Lincoln College, Velasquez spent one season at the University of New Mexico, where he used a redshirt year in 2010.  In his club career, Velasquez played for New Mexico Elite FC Gladiators, which was six-time state champions, two-time regional finalists, and two-time Disney Showcase Champions.  Due to his success at the club and high school levels, Velasquez was called in to the U17 U.S. National Team Residency Camp in 2008.

“Julio is a very talented player who has always excelled on the field,” said Avery.  “The game seems to come easy for him because he is very technical, versatile, and has a high soccer IQ.   What has impressed us the most so far is that he has also come to us with a great blend of quiet confidence and humility.  Since we began training in January he has been one of our hardest workers, and he has shown a personal maturity that I think is going to set him up for a very successful run here at Valpo.  He has had some great experiences as a youth player and in the time he spent at UNM and Lincoln.   I think he is ready to put all the pieces of his soccer career together for his final two years at Valparaiso.”

“I chose Valpo because of the success they have on and off the field,” said Velasquez.  “They also have a great coaching staff which is willing to help me achieve my maximum potential”.

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Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay