Having gotten Missouri Valley Conference play off to a strong start with a win in its conference opener, the Valpo soccer team looks to make it six points over its first two matches on Friday evening when the Beacons make their first road trip of the Valley slate to Indiana State.
For the second time this year, the Valpo soccer program has seen one of its rookies earn the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week accolade, as Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) was named the Freshman of the Week after scoring the match-winner for the Beacons in their MVC opener.
In an exciting, up-and-down battle which saw both teams have multiple quality chances Friday evening at Brown Field, it was a late goal from freshman Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan) which was the difference maker, as the 83rd-minute header gave Valpo a 1-0 victory over Illinois State as the Beacons claimed three points in the MVC opener for both sides.
Valpo soccer junior Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) 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.
After eight nonconference games over a span of 25 days, the Valpo soccer team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend as it welcomes Illinois State to Brown Field. Valpo enters MVC action coming off of a three-goal win over Chicago State this past Sunday.
The Valpo soccer team closed out pre-conference action in style Sunday evening at the SeatGeek Stadium Turf Field in Bridgeview, Ill., putting together a dominant all-around performance in a 3-0 win over host Chicago State.
The Valpo soccer team got an immediate response following visiting Western Illinois’ second goal on Friday evening at Brown Field, scoring just 16 seconds after play resumed to make it a one-goal game, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Leathernecks earned a 2-1 victory.
One final weekend of pre-conference action awaits Valpo before the MVC slate gets under way. The Beacons close out a three-match homestand on Brown Field Friday evening against Western Illinois before heading up to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. to take on Chicago State Sunday afternoon.
The Valpo soccer team put together a dominant overall team performance Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, rolling to a 3-0 victory over visiting St. Bonaventure. Freshman Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) made her first collegiate goal the match-winning tally as she found the back of the net in the 13th minute.
Playing under the lights at Brown Field Friday evening, the Valpo soccer team controlled much of the match against visiting Northern Illinois and had more high-percentage opportunities, but in the end, it was an 86th-minute goal for the Huskies which sent the Beacons to a 1-0 defeat.
Valpo returns home to Brown Field for a pair of matches this weekend as nonconference play continues, hosting Northern Illinois on Friday night and St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon.
Following a 1-0-1 road trip to western Pennsylvania, the Valpo soccer team picked up a pair of pieces of hardware from the Missouri Valley Conference office on Monday. Sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) was tabbed the MVC Player of the Week, while freshman Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) earned the conference’s Freshman of the Week award.
A one-goal deficit in the second half proved to be no problem for the Valpo soccer team Sunday afternoon in Moon Township, Pa., as a pair of Beacons — junior Abbey Hillman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central [Loyola]) and freshman Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) — scored their respective first collegiate goals to propel Valpo to the 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Robert Morris.
The Valpo soccer team showed its ability to bounce back from adversity Friday evening on the road against Duquesne as pre-conference play continued, as after the Dukes had scored back-to-back second-half goals to turn a 1-0 halftime scoreline into a 2-1 lead, the Beacons regrouped and eventually took advantage of a wonderfully struck free kick from sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) to equalize the match in what turned out to be a 2-2 draw. James scored both of Valpo’s goals in the tie for her first career brace.
The second weekend of regular season action features Valpo’s lone multi-match road trip of the 2021 campaign, as the Beacons head to western Pennsylvania to take on Duquesne Friday evening and Robert Morris Sunday afternoon.
The Valpo soccer team took to the turf of Brown Field for the first of nine times this season Sunday afternoon, but after the Beacons responded to an early Ball State goal with a goal of their own, the Cardinals found the back of the net twice more as Valpo fell by a 3-1 final.
Coming off one of the best defensive seasons in program history, the Valpo soccer team opened the fall 2021 campaign with another strong defensive effort Thursday evening in Bloomington, holding host Indiana off the board for the first three-quarters of the match before the Hoosiers struck for the match’s lone goal in the 70th minute for a 1-0 final.
Fresh off its best season since the 2014 campaign, the Valpo soccer team opens up its 29th season of competition with a pair of non-conference matches this week. Valpo will test itself in the opener Thursday night at Indiana before kicking off the home schedule at Brown Field Sunday versus Ball State.
Coming off of its best season since 2014, the Valpo soccer program has been chosen to finish in fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference this fall in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. In addition, three returnees represent the Beacons on the preseason All-MVC squads, including a pair of First Team honorees.
Valpo soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that Brianne Barnes has joined the program entering the fall 2021 season as an assistant coach. Barnes brings a decade of collegiate coaching experience with her to Valpo.
Fresh off a spring campaign which saw the program make a run to the MVC championship match, the Valpo soccer team unveiled its schedule for the fall 2021 season Friday afternoon — a slate which features nine regular season home matches on Brown Field and a pair of road matches at professional parks.
Make room for one more award in the trophy case for Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia), as the Valpo soccer standout was honored Monday for her excellence both on the field and in the classroom as a CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American. Maris was one of just 33 D-I student-athletes to pick up Academic All-American honors this season.
Three Valparaiso University student-athletes were recognized on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference unveiled its 2020-2021 State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Awards.