Coming off of the most successful season in program history, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team opens the 2015 campaign this weekend with a pair of tough road tests, traveling to face off against #9 Notre Dame Friday night before heading into Illinois to take on Northwestern Sunday afternoon. The season opener against the Fighting Irish is a rematch of last year's season finale in the NCAA Tournament.
Coming off of a perfect run through the Horizon League schedule in 2014, culminating with the program’s first Horizon League regular season and tournament championships, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team is a unanimous choice to finish atop the league table again in 2015, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. Check out head coach John Marovich's thoughts on the upcoming season in the first Valpo Coaches Show of the year!
A goal by senior Sarrah Ludwig (Downers Grove, Ill./South) early in the second half was enough for the Valparaiso women’s soccer team to equalize in its exhibition opener at Ohio Friday afternoon, as the two squads battled to a 1-1 draw. The Crusaders turn around quickly to conclude exhibition play at Brown Field on Sunday.
Last season was a magical one for head coach John Marovich and the Valparaiso women's soccer team, as the Crusaders won a school-record 14 matches and ran through the Horizon League slate unblemished en route to just the second NCAA Tournament berth in program history. Now, the 2015 campaign awaits the Crusaders with the start of exhibition play Friday afternoon, and with eight starters returning this season - as well as the top six scorers from last year's team - expectations are high for a repeat league title this year for Valpo.
Coming off of the most decorated campaign by a single player in Valparaiso women’s soccer history, senior Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) reached another new height on Wednesday, becoming the first player in program history to earn a spot on the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List.