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Crusaders Fall to Western Kentucky in Exhibition Action
Ryan Schwarz stopped three shots Saturday for the Crusaders.
Ryan Schwarz stopped three shots Saturday for the Crusaders.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Box Score 

The Valparaiso men’s soccer team came out on the wrong end of a hard-fought 1-0 decision Saturday afternoon against Western Kentucky.  The game, the second of three exhibition matchups for the Crusaders, was played at nearby Portage H.S.

“We are extremely grateful for Portage’s generosity in letting us use their field today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “It was a good day for us, as we got the chance to play against a big, athletic team.  Western Kentucky really challenged us physically, which was an eye-opening experience for some of our younger players, but we handled it pretty well.”

The first half was contested largely in the midfield, as just five combined shots were taken, with just two of those being placed on frame.  The two squads were called for 16 total fouls as the game went into halftime scoreless.

The first big scoring threat for either team came midway through the second half, when Valpo’s Mario Diaz (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel (South Suburban [Ill.]) flicked a header toward an opening on the left side of the goal.  But the ball ricocheted harmlessly off the post, and the game remained scoreless.

In the 78th minute, the Hilltoppers put the only goal of the game on the board.  Samuel Drummond took a short corner kick to Benard Airo, who sent a cross to the far side of the six-yard box.  Glen Marshall was there to head the ball into the back of the net to put Western Kentucky ahead by the final margin.

“That goal was my fault,” said Avery.  “I had just put in a few substitutes, and the group I had together out on the field had not spent much time working together on set plays, and Western Kentucky took advantage.”

The Crusaders put together one more quality scoring chance in the 85th minute, as Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) found himself with the ball in the box with Western Kentucky keeper Kyle Schroeder out of position.  But Stivers’ shot was cleared by a Hilltopper defender just before reaching the goal line, and Western Kentucky held on for the win.

The two teams finished very even in the final numbers.  The Hilltoppers held a slight advantage in shots, 9-7, and in shots on goal, 4-3.  Crusader goalie Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made three saves, while Schroeder and Pat Rickman stopped one shot apiece for WKU.  Valpo held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks, and committed 19 fouls to Western Kentucky’s 11.

“At this point in the season, we’re more worried about our performance than the actual result,” said Avery.  “Despite the final outcome today, overall it was a good day on the field, and it will help us as the regular season approaches.”

Valparaiso (0-1-1 exhibition) will close out its preseason slate on Monday, as the Crusaders travel to Goshen to take on the Maple Leafs.  The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CDT.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay