A pair of Valpo soccer players were honored Thursday for their work both in competition and in the classroom, as senior Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and sophomore Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) earned spots on the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team.
The Valpo soccer season saw its 2021 spring campaign finish just short of the ultimate goal Sunday in Chicago, Ill., as top-seeded Loyola made a 35th-minute goal stand up for a 1-0 final in the title match of the MVC Championship. Senior Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia), freshman Lindsey Dusatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) and freshman Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) represented the Brown and Gold on the All-Tournament Team, while Maris also was honored as the winner of the Elite 17 Award.
One match is all that separates Valpo from its first conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth since 2014, as the third-seeded Brown and Gold face off against top-seeded Loyola Sunday afternoon in the title match of the MVC Championship.
The Valpo soccer team was well represented as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its postseason awards on Friday morning, highlighted by the selection of freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) as the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Valpo soccer team is one step away from winning its first Missouri Valley Conference championship, as freshman Lindsey Dusatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) found the back of the net in Wednesday’s MVC semifinal match at Indiana State with just over a minute left in extra time to give Valpo the 1-0 victory on the golden goal. Valpo will play at Loyola Sunday afternoon for the championship trophy and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After prevailing in a penalty kick tiebreaker over Evansville Sunday to open up MVC Championship action, third-seeded Valpo takes the field Wednesday afternoon for a semifinal match at second-seeded Indiana State. The Brown and Gold are in search of their first-ever trip to the MVC title match.
After 110 tense minutes of soccer at Brown Field Sunday in first-round MVC Championship action resulted in a scoreless draw, third-seeded Valpo proved it was up to the task in the ensuing penalty-kick tiebreaker, converting all five of its attempts to top sixth-seeded Evansville, 5-3, and advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Valpo freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) has been named the final MVC Defensive Player of the Week of the season after posting a clean sheet in the 1-0 win in the regular season finale at Illinois State.
Wins in each of their final two regular season matches not only propelled the Valpo soccer team into the MVC Championship, but sent the Brown and Gold into a tie for third place and gave them the third seed for this year’s tournament. With the third seed, Valpo will host sixth-seeded Evansville in first round action on Sunday afternoon from Brown Field.
The Valpo soccer team took the lead in its regular season finale Wednesday at Illinois State thanks to a header early in the second half from sophomore Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis) and made that tally stand up over the next 36 minutes, coming away with a 1-0 victory. With the win, Valpo secured its highest finish in the MVC standings since joining the Valley and not only earned a berth in the MVC Championship, but will host a first-round tournament match at Brown Field on Sunday.
For the third time this season, Valpo soccer freshman Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) has been named the MVC Freshman of the Week following her match-winning goal in Valpo’s key win over Missouri State this past Saturday.
Celebrating its seniors on Senior Day at Brown Field Saturday in the final regular season home match, it was the youngsters who led the way as the match got underway, as a pair of freshmen scored for the Valpo soccer team in a key 2-1 victory over Missouri State. The win and the three points keep Valpo in the hunt for hosting a potential MVC Tournament quarterfinal match.
With the regular season winding down and conference tournament spots on the line, the Valpo soccer team faces its final two matches of the schedule in a five-day span. The Brown and Gold will host Missouri State on Brown Field on Saturday afternoon at noon for the program’s Senior Day match before closing out the regular season next Wednesday, April 7 at Illinois State.
Taking on UNI in MVC play Sunday afternoon in Waterloo, Iowa, the Valpo soccer team surrendered one goal or fewer for the sixth consecutive game, but it wouldn’t be enough to come out victorious as the host Panthers earned the 1-0 victory.
As has been the norm this year throughout MVC soccer play, it was a defensive battle between Valpo and Evansville Wednesday evening in Evansville, Ind. In the end, the teams fought to a 0-0 draw in double overtime, highlighted by a second-half penalty kick save from Valpo goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley).
The Valpo soccer team takes to the road for a pair of matches in a five-day stretch coming up. The Brown and Gold head downstate to Evansville for a Wednesday evening match before traveling to UNI for a Sunday afternoon showdown.
The Valpo soccer team picked up another point in Missouri Valley Conference action on Friday evening at Brown Field, peppering 15 shots on goal in a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Drake.
The Valpo soccer team hits the halfway mark of the MVC schedule and closes out a three-match homestand as it hosts Drake on Brown Field Friday evening. The matchup pits two of the three sides currently tied for fourth in the MVC standings on four points, although Valpo has a game in hand on Drake.
For the fifth time in the season’s first six matches, the Valpo soccer team held its opponent to one goal or fewer, but a late-first half goal from visiting Loyola proved to be the deciding tally as the Ramblers came away from Brown Field with a 1-0 win Saturday.
Playing its first home match at Brown Field this year, the Valpo soccer team made it one to remember Tuesday afternoon, as goals within a few minutes of either side of halftime stood up for a 2-0 victory in MVC play over Indiana State. The win was commemorated by a shower from the water jug as the final horn sounded, as head coach John Marovich led the Brown and Gold to their 100th victory in his tenure on the sidelines leading the program.
The Valpo soccer team faces a pair of MVC matches this week at Brown Field, hosting Indiana State on Tuesday and Loyola on Saturday.
The Valpo women’s soccer team kicked off its spring 2021 conference schedule on Sunday afternoon in Carbondale, Ill., battling host Southern Illinois to a scoreless double-overtime draw.
After an abbreviated non-conference campaign which consisted of three matches, the Valpo women’s soccer team jumps into Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday afternoon with a trip to newcomer Southern Illinois. Valpo head coach John Marovich enters the start of MVC action just one win shy of 100 for his career.
The Valpo women’s soccer team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC during the spring 2021 season, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches.
Valpo women’s soccer freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades from the Missouri Valley Conference Tuesday, while fellow rookie Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) picked up her second Freshman of the Week accolade in as many weeks.
The Valpo women’s soccer team equalized its non-conference match with DePaul Monday afternoon at Sparta Dome in Crown Point with a penalty kick in the 85th minute, but the Blue Demons pulled out a 2-1 victory as they found the back of the net with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
It might have been a non-conference matchup on the schedule, but the struggle for control in Wednesday’s women’s soccer match between Valpo and UNI felt like an MVC battle. In the end, neither side yielded as the fixture — played at the Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park, Ill. — ended in a 0-0 draw in double overtime. Freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made five saves to preserve the clean sheet, her first career shutout.
The Valpo women’s soccer team earned a pair of weekly honors from the Missouri Valley Conference following last Wednesday’s season-opening victory, as Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was named the MVC’s Defensive Player of the Week and Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) received Freshman of the Week accolades.
Returning to intercollegiate competition for the first time since November 2019, the Valpo women’s soccer team got the spring 2021 season started on the right foot on Wednesday afternoon at Sparta Dome in Crown Point, scoring the fastest goal to open a season in program history on its way to a 2-1 victory over Chicago State.
463 days after falling in the 2019 MVC Tournament, the Valpo women’s soccer team finally returns to competition this spring. Valpo will open the 28th season in program history by playing a trio of non-conference matches leading up to the start of the spring 2021 MVC schedule, facing Chicago State (Feb. 10) and DePaul (Feb. 22) at the Sparta Dome in Crown Point and taking on UNI in a non-conference matchup at the Indoor Sports Center in Rockford, Ill.
Valpo women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today his program’s schedule for the upcoming spring 2021 campaign, a schedule which features a trio of nonconference matches before the eight-match MVC slate.
Valpo women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that Dana Fish has signed to join the program as a freshman for the 2021-22 academic year. Fish joins the group of eight previously announced newcomers.
Valpo women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that the program has inked eight student-athletes to NLIs to join the program as freshmen for the 2021-22 academic year.
Valpo women’s soccer senior Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday as a featured student-athlete in the latest edition of the conference’s Scholar-Athlete Spotlight.
Women's soccer senior Kiera Pratt joins Valpo All-Access, sponsored by Pepsi, to talk about adjusting to a fall season with no intercollegiate competition, the team's intrasquad scrimmage and how it felt to have a game-like atmosphere, her work with Valpo SAAC as a leadership team member, and more!
In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, former Valparaiso University student-athletes working in the medical field across the country have gone beyond the expected in their efforts to combat the virus and treat patients in need of their care.
For the 18th consecutive year, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team was awarded the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization today.
Based on continuing uncertainty around the ability to play full-season league schedules safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the lack of a fall NCAA championship opportunity, the Missouri Valley Conference has announced the postponement of Conference schedules and championships in MVC-sponsored fall sports.