For the first time in Valparaiso University athletics history, the Crusaders had a pair of teammates both honored as CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans, as women’s soccer seniors Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) both were named First Team Academic All-Americans on Tuesday.
The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team carried the majority of the play in its Horizon League Championship first-round matchup at Wright State Monday night, but the Raiders would eventually come out on top, as the Crusaders fell 2-1 to end their season.
The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had three players earn Horizon League postseason awards, as the league announced its postseason honors Monday afternoon. Both senior midfielder Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and junior forward April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) repeated as First Team All-League honorees, while freshman midfielder Kelsey Jahn (Oregon, Wis./Oregon) represented the Crusaders on the All-Freshman Team.
The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team opens up defense of its Horizon League tournament title Monday night as it travels to Wright State for a first-round matchup. The Crusaders earned the tournament’s fifth seed with last Friday’s win over Cleveland State, while the Raiders enter the tournament as the fourth seed.
It was only fitting that, in their final match at home on Brown Field, a pair of seniors teamed up for the match-winning goal, as Shelby Oelschlager (Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge) finished a cross from Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) in the 101st minute to give Valparaiso a 1-0 win over Cleveland State Friday evening. With the victory, the Crusaders assured themselves a berth in the Horizon League Championship, where they will be the fifth seed and play Monday at fourth-seeded Wright State.
November 14th, 2014 represents one of the flagship dates in Valpo women's soccer history. For Vanesa Abad, it was the day she found herself at the intersection of deja vu and a self-fulfilled prophecy. The former Ohio State Buckeye has found a new home right here at Valpo: both on and off the field.
The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team faces the final match day of the 2015 regular season on Friday evening, as the Crusaders host Cleveland State on Brown Field. With a win on Friday, Valpo will secure a bid in the Horizon League Championship, while a draw could also put the Crusaders into the tournament with some help. Friday night’s match will also serve as the team’s annual breast cancer awareness match.
Valparaiso women’s soccer seniors Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) have both been named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District V honorees, as announced by the organization today. Both Craven and Fassbinder, who repeat as First Team Academic All-District recipients, are be eligible for Academic All-America honors.
The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team dominated the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in a Horizon League match at Detroit, but in the end, it was the Titans who came away with the match-winner in the second overtime period to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat.