Valparaiso will play nine regular season home matches and host an in-season tournament for the first time in program history as head coach John Marovich released the Crusaders' 2011 women's soccer schedule.
One of the most proficient goal scorers in school history, Emily King led the Valparaiso University soccer program to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2005, and, on Saturday, February 19 she will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Valparaiso University head soccer coach John Marovich has announced the signings of five future Crusaders to National Letters of Intent. Joining the Crusaders for the 2011 season are Kelsey Draper, Abby Kenyon, Yvonne Metz, Rachel Sheehan, and Kristen Warner.
Valparaiso University's Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) and Janine Lytle (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster H.S.) have both been named Second Team All-Horizon League selections as the conference has announced its postseason honors.
Valparaiso outshot Youngstown State 27-8 and held a 21-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities on Sunday afternoon, but the two sides battled to a 1-1 double-overtime deadlock at Eastgate Field in the 2010 finale for both schools.
While Valparaiso out-shot Cleveland State on the day, the Vikings scored just before halftime and then added an insurance tally late in the second half as the Crusaders fell, 2-0, Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso closes out the 2010 regular season this weekend with a pair of home matches at Eastgate Field. The Crusaders entertain Cleveland State on Friday afternoon before hosting Youngstown State Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.
Valparaiso returns home to Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders begin their final homestand of the 2010 regular season. Valpo hosts Wright State this weekend in a pivotal match with regards to the Horizon League standings and qualifying for the conference tournament.
Valparaiso and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay battled each other for 110 minutes on Sunday afternoon at Santaga Stadium in Green Bay, Wis., but neither team could find the back of the net and thus the two sides came away with a scoreless draw in Horizon League action.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee scored three times in the first half and Valparaiso could not recover on Friday evening as the Panthers defeated the Crusaders 5-0 at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
Valparaiso takes to the road for the final time during the regular season this weekend, heading north to Wisconsin for a pair of Horizon League battles. On Friday, the Crusaders will face Milwaukee in a rematch of last year's Horizon League championship match before the Brown and Gold head to Green Bay on Sunday for another pivotal conference contest.
Casey Pedersen's (Northville, Mich./Mercy H.S.) penalty kick goal late in the first half proved to be the difference on Sunday as Valparaiso defeated Butler 1-0 at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind. for the Crusaders' first Horizon League victory of the season.
Valparaiso outshot Loyola (Chicago) 18-9 on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field, but it was the Ramblers that pushed a goal across midway through the second half on the way to a 1-0 victory over the Crusaders.
After four straight matches away from home, Valparaiso makes a brief stop at Eastgate Field on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders host Loyola (Chicago) in Horizon League action. The Brown and Gold then returns to the road on Sunday, heading south to battle longtime instate rival Butler in Indianapolis.
Valparaiso's women's soccer team wrapped up the non-conference portion of the 2010 schedule on Friday evening, battling Indiana State to a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Ind.
Valparaiso wraps up its four-game road trip this weekend, beginning Friday evening at Indiana State in the final non-conference match of the season. The Crusaders then head to Detroit to begin the eight-match Horizon League slate on Sunday. Valpo is looking to rebound from back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
Valparaiso begins its longest road trip of the season this weekend with a trip to the Volunteer State. The Crusaders will battle Vanderbilt on Friday night before traveling to Austin Peay for a Sunday matinee. Valpo will remain on the road for its next four matches, and seven of the next eight overall.
Valparaiso rallied from a two-goal second half deficit to force overtime, but Eastern Michigan found the back of the net in sudden death to earn a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the Crusaders on Friday evening at Brown Field.
Valparaiso wraps up its three-match homestand this weekend with a pair of contests. The Crusaders will entertain Eastern Michigan on Friday evening under the lights at Brown Field before hosting IUPUI on Sunday out at Eastgate Field.
Valparaiso and Eastern Kentucky battled for 110 minutes on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field, but neither team could find the back of the goal and the two sides settled for a 0-0 draw in non-conference action.
Valparaiso scored three times in less than 18 minutes spanning both halves on Friday evening as the Crusaders defeated IPFW 4-2 at Hefner Stadium in Fort Wayne, Ind. to improve to 3-0-1 on the season, the best four match start in program history.
Valparaiso looks to continue its best start in program history on Friday evening, heading across the state of Indiana to battle IPFW. The Crusaders will then return home to Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon to battle the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky.
Lauren Gagnon's (Grand Haven, Mich./Spring Lake H.S.) first collegiate goal just over 10 minutes into the match lifted Valparaiso to a 1-0 victory over Eastern Illinois on Friday evening at Brown Field in the first regular season night game ever played on the Valparaiso University campus. With the victory, the Crusaders also move to 2-0 on the young season for the first time in program history.
Valparaiso plays under the lights on campus for the first time in program history on Friday evening as the Crusaders host Eastern Illinois at Brown Field. The Brown and Gold then remains instate on Sunday when Valpo heads to Evansville.
Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) and Trisha Wladecki (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake H.S.) each had a goal and an assist as Valparaiso rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat UMKC 3-2 on Saturday evening in the regular season opener for both teams played at Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field in Kansas City, Mo.
Valparaiso opens the 18th season of women's soccer on Saturday evening as the Crusaders travel to Kansas City, Mo. to battle the Kangaroos of UMKC. The Crusaders are coming off of a trip to the Horizon League championship match in 2009 while the Kangaroos are beginning just their second season of varsity intercollegiate soccer.
Coming off an appearance in the championship match at the Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship last season, confidence is high for the Valparaiso Crusaders as the Brown and Gold head into the 2010 season. Head coach John Marovich returns for his third season at the helm of the Crusaders, and returns 13 letterwinners, including eight starters, from last year's team.
Valparaiso's women's soccer team became the first Crusader program to take to the playing field this season, posting a 1-0 victory against Illinois State on Tuesday afternoon at Adelaide Street Field in Normal, Ill.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that women's soccer head coach John Marovich and men's soccer head coach Mike Avery have both agreed to four-year contract extensions to continue at the helms of their respective programs.
Valparaiso University women's soccer standout Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) has been named the female recipient of the Horizon League's 2009-2010 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Thursday, July 1.