Valparaiso University women’s soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that midfielder Michelle Mottonen will be transferring to join the reigning Horizon League champions from TCU and will be immediately eligible for the 2015 season, with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team will look to defend its Horizon League championship in 2015 with the help of seven new additions, as Crusader head coach John Marovich announced Wednesday the program had inked seven players to National Letters of Intent.
Rita Craven adds to her impressive tally of awards, as she was named an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American - one of just 12 named to the team and the first in program history. Jenny Fassbinder earned Third Team Scholar All-American honors as well, while Kelsey Draper was a Third Team Scholar All-Region recipient.
Valparaiso women’s soccer junior midfielder Rita Craven found herself in some lofty company on Friday, as she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American - one of just 37 players in the nation to earn All-American honors. Craven is the first Crusader in program history to earn All-American accolades, and is one of just three players all-time from current Horizon League programs to receive the nation’s top honor.
Four Crusaders earn NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region honors - Rita Craven First Team; April Cronin, Jenny Fassbinder and Shelby Oelschlager Second Team. The quartet marked Valpo's first All-Region honorees since 2008.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team kept #12/11 Notre Dame off the scoreboard for nearly the entirety of regulation in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Friday, but the Irish broke through for a goal with 50 seconds to play to down the Crusaders, 1-0. The loss brings to a close the best season in program history (14-2-4) for Valpo.
After claiming its first Horizon League championship last weekend, Valparaiso heads to its second NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2005, making the hour trip east to take on #12/11 Notre Dame, a number-four national seed, Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders enter the NCAA Tournament winners of 12 straight matches, the nation’s second longest streak.
Champions of the Horizon League, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 in close proximity to campus, as the Crusaders have been sent to Notre Dame for the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The game will be played Friday evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. CT.
The Crusaders find out where they're heading for the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon - selection show viewing party begins in Ballroom A of the Harre Union on campus at 3 p.m. The show will be streamed live on NCAA.com beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Tournament MVP April Cronin scored the game's lone goal in the 84th minute as the Valparaiso women's soccer team won the 2014 Horizon League Championship over Detroit Saturday night at Brown Field, 1-0. With the title, the Crusaders' first since joining the Horizon League, Valpo advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad propel Crusaders to 2-0 win over Green Bay in semifinals of the Horizon League Championship. Valpo faces Detroit Saturday at 7 p.m. at Brown Field for the league title.
Top-seeded Valparaiso opens up its 2014 Horizon League Championship at Brown Field against Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and at ESPN3.com.
The Crusaders will take on Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Brown Field in the second of the two semifinals of the 2014 Horizon League Championship. Detroit and Oakland will face off in the first semi, at 4:30 p.m.
Following a perfect league campaign, junior Rita Craven has been named Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. Vanesa Abad was tabbed Freshman of the Year; John Marovich named Coach of the Year. April Cronin, Shelby Oelschlager and Sydney Galvez-Daley joined Craven as All-League honorees.
Quickest goal to start a match in program history propels Valpo to 4-1 win in regular season finale at Green Bay. With the win, the Crusaders close out a perfect Horizon League slate and match the program's single-season record for victories.
Crusader juniors Rita Craven and Jenny Fassbinder were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team for their performance on the field and in the classroom. Both Craven and Fassbinder are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Valparaiso women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show following the Crusaders' clinching of the Horizon League regular season title last week. Players Sarrah Ludwig and Sydney Galvez-Daley join as well to discuss the team's goals for this season and how many of them still lie ahead.
The Valpo women's soccer program won its first Horizon League regular season title, securing the championship with a 1-0 win over Detroit Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Sarrah Ludwig nodded in the match-winner in the 70th minute off an Abby Kenyon throw-in.
Crusaders take down Milwaukee for first time in program history to remain perfect in Horizon League play, as April Cronin scored the match-winner early on in a 1-0 victory. Valpo will play for a shot at the league regular season title against Detroit on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team has a shot at securing its first Horizon League regular season championship this week, as the Crusaders host Milwaukee on Wednesday evening (7:30 p.m.) and Detroit on Saturday (2 p.m.). Both games are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad bring the Crusaders back from a one-goal deficit for a 2-1 win at Wright State. Valpo remains perfect in Horizon League play (5-0-0), extends its unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive matches and secures a spot in the Horizon League Championship.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings and extend its program-record unbeaten streak Saturday afternoon with a key league matchup at Wright State.
Crusader freshman Grace Rogers finds the back of the net in the 100th minute to give Valpo the 1-0 win in extra time over Youngstown State Saturday night. The Crusaders remained perfect in Horizon League play with the win at the halfway point of the league schedule.
Women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's perfect start to Horizon League play, the performance of the Crusaders' midfield in recent weeks, and how the team and program have handled being ranked recently.
Valparaiso improves to a perfect 3-0-0 in Horizon League action and extends its unbeaten streak to 11 matches with a 2-1 win Wednesday at UIC. Rita Craven scored the match-winning goal, tying her for the most game-winners in a single season in program history.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team travels to take on first-year program UIC Wednesday in Chicago before returning home for a showdown with first-place Youngstown State Saturday night. Saturday's match will be the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team continues to reach new heights in 2014, as it was announced today that the Crusaders had cracked the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll for the first time in program history.
Senior Kristen Warner scored the game-winning goal, the first of her career, and senior Erika Schoemann registered her first career assist on Valpo's first goal as the Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to ten matches with a 2-1 win Saturday over Loyola on Senior Night.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team steps outside Horizon League play for the final time Saturday evening, as it puts a nine-match unbeaten streak on the line at Brown Field against Loyola. The Crusaders' five seniors will be honored prior to the match on Senior Night. The game is worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Robin Wenzel's goal in the 93rd minute gives the Crusaders a 1-0 win over Cleveland State, setting a new program record as Valpo is now unbeaten in its last nine matches. The Crusaders are also top of the table in the Horizon League, the only team with six points through two games.
Crusaders score three times in the first half, including a pair of goals from Rita Craven, to defeat Oakland 3-0 in their Horizon League opener. With the win, Valpo runs its unbeaten streak to eight straight matches, tying a program record.
The start of the Horizon League slate is on tap for the Valparaiso women's soccer team this week. The Crusaders host Oakland Wednesday evening to open league play (worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge) before heading to Cleveland State Saturday night.
Valparaiso scores three times in the second half to overcome one-goal halftime deficit and win at Eastern Illinois, 3-1. Vanesa Abad, April Cronin and Robin Wenzel score for the Crusaders, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches.
With Horizon League play looming next week, women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's defensive prowess to this point of the season, why he's not discouraged by the lack of goals so far and how he sees this year's team on the eve of league action.
Crusaders put their six-match unbeaten streak and four-match shutout streak on the line Friday afternoon at Eastern Illinois. The match is Valpo's last before the start of Horizon League play next week.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team posted its fourth straight shutout in a scoreless double-overtime draw with Evansville on Sunday. The Crusaders have now held their opponents scoreless for 436 straight minutes.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team continues non-league action this weekend, playing at IPFW on Friday evening and hosting Evansville Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Evansville game is the first this season which will be broadcast live on HLN, while it also will be worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer game against Ball State scheduled for Friday evening has been canceled due to inclement weather. The game will not be made up. The Crusaders return to action Sunday afternoon at Western Illinois.
Coming off of three straight draws, the Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to get into the win column Friday evening at Brown Field against Ball State. The Crusaders then travel to Macomb, Ill. for a Sunday match at Western Illinois.
With the regular season underway for the Valparaiso women's soccer team, head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss what came out of the first weekend of play and what he's looking for out of his team moving forward.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team heads out to Arizona for a pair of matches this weekend, in search of their first win of the season. The Crusaders take on Grand Canyon Friday night and Northern Arizona Sunday afternoon.
A goal in the 88th minute sent the Valparaiso women's soccer to a 2-1 defeat Friday against Belmont, despite out-shooting the Bruins 17-9. The Crusaders look to bounce back Sunday afternoon against IUPUI.
Valparaiso women's soccer team opens regular season with pair of home games against Belmont and IUPUI this weekend. The Crusaders are looking to open the season with a win for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Strong veteran presences on defense and in the midfield highlight Valparaiso's 19 returning players for the 2014 campaign, while six newcomers join the fray as well. The Crusaders' first exhibition game is Friday evening at Cincinnati.