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Valpo Drops First Mid-Con Match of the Season

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Centenary scored twice within just over two minutes late in the second half on Saturday afternoon as the Gents handed Valparaiso its first Mid-Continent Conference loss of the season 4-2 in Shreveport, La.

The Crusaders jumped in front early as D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central H.S.) took a feed from Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.) and beat Centenary goalkeeper James Speed into the lower right corner of the goal just 15:58 into the match.

The Gents evened the match at one on a goal by Stephen Rifai midway through the half, and the match remained tied heading into intermission. Aaron Volanski put the hosts in front just 3:07 out of the locker room with his unassisted tally.

Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County H.S.) tied the match at two with 23:40 left to play, finding a loose ball in the goal box and scoring into the lower left corner of the goal. Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central H.S.) drew the assist.

Sam Robinson put Centenary (2-7, 1-1 Mid-Con) on top for good at the 73:51 mark, scoring from the top of the box and Volanski added his second of the match just 2:05 later for the insurance goal.

Valpo outshot Centenary 13-8 for the match but Speed made three saves for the Gents. The Crusaders also had five corner kick opportunities, while surrendering three.

Valparaiso (5-4, 1-1) will return to action next Saturday afternoon as the Cruasders entertain Oakland at Eastgate Field in Mid-Con play. Kickoff is set for noon.
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