Valparaiso University head women's soccer coach John Marovich has announced that six student-athletes from four different states, Hailey Chmela, Tara Ellis, Lauren Gagnon, Katie Gratzianna, Kristen Manski and Amanda Ulin, have chosen to continue their soccer careers as Crusaders starting in 2010 by signing National Letters of Intent.
Valparaiso University senior Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) is one of 11 student-athletes that has been named to the Horizon League Academic All-League Team in women's soccer, making her second straight appearance on the team.
Valparaiso posted its highest finish since joining the Horizon League with an 11-9-1 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play to finish third during the regular season. The Crusaders advanced to their first Horizon League Tournament championship match before falling to Milwaukee 4-0.
The Valparaiso University women's soccer team volunteered to assist the Salvation Army of Porter County in the annual Angel Tree Christmas Program on Wednesday (Dec. 16). Members of the soccer program assisted recipients as they acquired their gifts and food packages as well as carried them to their vehicles.
Valparaiso University senior Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection as chosen by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
Valparaiso's seven-match winning streak and season came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a 4-0 decision to Milwaukee in the championship match of the 2009 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship.
Valparaiso takes on Horizon League regular season champion Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon in the championship match of the 2009 Horizon League Tournament with a trip to the NCAA Tournament at stake for the winner.
Valparaiso won its seventh consecutive match on Friday evening, advancing to Sunday's Horizon League championship match with a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Wright State in the semifinals in Engelmann Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
Valparaiso heads to Milwaukee, Wis. this weekend for the semifinals of the 2009 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championships. The Crusaders, the tournament's third seed, will battle second-seeded Wright State on Friday night in the first semifinal match.
Valparaiso University earned its first win ever in Horizon League Championship play on Sunday afternoon behind two goals by Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) as the third-seeded Crusaders defeated sixth-seeded Green Bay 2-0 in the quarterfinals at Brown Field.
Sunday's Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal match between Valparaiso and Green Bay has been moved to Brown Field on the Valparaiso University campus after heavy rains have made Eastgate Field unplayable. Kickoff remains at 1 p.m. with the match carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).
Valparaiso University forward Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) has been named to the All-Horizon League First Team while midfielder Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) earned Second Team honors as the conference announced its year-end awards. Both freshmen also were named to the league's All-Newcomer Team.
Valparaiso begins postseason play at Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon as the third-seeded Crusaders host number six seed Green Bay in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament. Valpo enters with a five-match winning streak overall, and is unbeaten in its last six contests.
Valparaiso earned a home match for the Horizon League Tournament on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated instate rival Butler for the first time in school history with a 2-0 shutout against the Bulldogs at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2009 regular season this weekend with a pair of home matches at Eastgate Field. On Friday the Crusaders close Horizon League play with a key match against Butler that will go a long way towards determining seeding in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. Sunday afternoon will be Senior Day at Eastgate Field when the Mastodons of IPFW visit.
Goals by freshmen Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) and Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) just 32 seconds apart proved to be the difference on Sunday as Valparaiso recorded its third straight victory with a 2-0 shutout against Cleveland State at Krenzler Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) had a goal and an assist as Valparaiso posted its fourth shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over Youngstown State at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, Ohio on Friday afternoon.
Valparaiso takes its final road trip of the 2009 regular season this weekend when the Brown and Gold head to Ohio for a pair of key Horizon League contests. Friday the Crusaders play at Youngstown State while on Sunday Valpo faces Cleveland State.
Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season just 2:30 into overtime on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Detroit 3-2 at Eastgate Field in a key Horizon League match for both teams.
It's Homecoming weekend at Valparaiso and the women's soccer team wraps up its three-match homestand with a pair of contests at Eastgate Field. Friday the Brown and Gold will step out of conference action to host instate foe Indiana State before returning to Horizon League action on Sunday to battle Detroit.
Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) scored Valparaiso's lone goal on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated the Crusaders 5-1 in Horizon League action.
Valparaiso begins a three-match homestand on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders host Milwaukee at Eastgate Field. The Crusaders have won two straight at home contests heading into the match, while the Panthers were the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League.
Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) notched her third shutout of the season on Friday afternoon and Valparaiso's offense tallied two second half goals as the Crusaders earned their first Horizon League victory of the season, 2-0, at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso moves into the heart of Horizon League play this weekend with a pair of key matches against conference foes. Friday the Crusaders return to Eastgate Field to host Green Bay before heading to the Windy City on Sunday evening for a match at Loyola.
Brooke Henderson's (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) first collegiate goal proved to be the difference in the match for Valparaiso on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders topped Liberty 1-0 at Eastgate Field.
After a week off, Valparaiso returns to the pitch this weekend for a pair of matches, beginning Friday against Liberty at Eastgate Field as the Crusaders play their final tune-up before conference play. On Sunday, the Crusaders open their third Horizon League season in Dayton, Ohio battling Wright State.
Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) came up big for the second straight match for Valparaiso in goal, but a late tally by Central Michigan pushed the Chippewas to a 1-0 victory over the Crusaders on Friday morning in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
After splitting a pair of matches at last weekend's Boilermaker Challenge, Valparaiso returns to action for just one match this week. The Crusaders will wrap up a four-match road trip in Mount Pleasant, Mich. taking on Central Michigan.
Valparaiso University freshman Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Player of the Week after helping lead the Crusaders to a 1-1 mark at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Valparaiso held its own on Saturday evening at the Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., before eventually falling to 14th-ranked Purdue 1-0 on the second day of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Freshman Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) scored her first two collegiate goals and Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) added the match-winner in the final with less than 14 minutes remaining in regulation as Valparaiso defeated Ball State 3-2 on Thursday evening at the Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. in the opening round of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup hosted by Purdue.
Valparaiso heads down I-65 this week to participate in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup hosted by Purdue. In Thursday's first match, the Crusaders will battle Ball State before taking on the host Boilermakers on Saturday to wrap up tournament action.
Jackie Kondratko's (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) penalty kick goal with 3:32 remaining in regulation time gave Valparaiso a 1-0 victory over IUPUI on Sunday afternoon at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Valparaiso wraps up a brief two-match homestand on Friday afternoon when the Crusaders host Northern Illinois at Eastgate Field. The Brown and Gold then embarks on a four-match road trip beginning on Sunday afternoon against instate rival IUPUI down in Indianapolis, Ind.
For the second straight match Valparaiso battled until the very end, but on Sunday evening Kristen Goncalves scored with just 1:16 left in regulation to lift Michigan to a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders in front of a large crowd at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso jumped on top early on Friday evening, but Morehead State tied the match in the second half and scored the match-winner with 2:46 remaining in the first overtime to give the Eagles a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky. in the season opener for both schools.
Valparaiso begins the 17th season of women's soccer action on Friday evening as the Crusaders travel to Morehead, Ky. to battle Morehead State. Two days later the Brown and Gold will host Michigan for the Crusaders' home opener, marking the first time since 2000 when Purdue visited Valpo that a Big Ten opponent will make an appearance at Eastgate Field.
Follow the Crusader women's soccer program all season long through the latest thoughts from head coach John Marovich as well as senior Jackie Kondratko, redshirt-sophomore Sammy Olson, and freshman Trisha Wladecki. They give you a behind the scenes look into the program as the Brown and Gold begins its quest for a Horizon League title!
As the 2009 women's soccer season is set to kickoff, the Valparaiso University Crusaders continue to look for the success on the field that has been building for the past five seasons. With five straight 10-win seasons following last year's 10-6-3 campaign, the Brown and Gold looks to climb into the top half of the Horizon League standings this season.
Valparaiso University head women's soccer coach John Marovich has announced the 2009 Crusader schedule which includes nine home regular season matches at Eastgate Field, including a visit from Michigan on August 23 for the home opener.
Valparaiso University's head women's soccer coach, John Marovich, has announced six signees that will join the squad in the fall of 2009. Joining the Crusaders are Marie Argo, Rachel DeFrank, Rachel Hoaglin, Rachel Spinelli, Catherine Terrell, and Trisha Wladecki. He also welcomes Janine Lytle, who has already joined the program at the beginning of the spring semester and will be considered a member of the 2009 freshmen class.