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Crusaders Tie Loyola in Horizon League Opener
Steve Shively netted a goal in the 60th minute for Valpo.
Steve Shively netted a goal in the 60th minute for Valpo.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Box Score 

A historic day in Valparaiso athletics history ended in a tie Sunday afternoon, as the Crusader men’s soccer team fought to a 1-1 double overtime draw with 2006 Horizon League champion Loyola at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.  The match marked the first League contest for any Valpo team since the school joined the Horizon League on July 1, 2007.

“I think that it was a very exciting game today and that all the fans got their money’s worth,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “Playing the defending conference champion and getting a tie is a good result for us.”

The first half was contested primarily in Valpo’s defensive end, as the Ramblers picked up most of the scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes.  They out-shot the Crusaders 10-3 in the first stanza and took five corner kicks, but could not put a mark on the board, as Valpo netminder Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made four saves to keep the game a scoreless tie going into the half.  It marked the fifth consecutive game that the Crusaders have held their opponent scoreless through halftime.

Both teams had good scoring opportunities early on in the second period, but it was Valpo that finally broke through for a goal in the 60th minute.  Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) fed Jake Freisinger (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) in the box.  Freisinger put a shot on goal saved by Loyola keeper Brian Byrne, but the rebound bounced to Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), who found the back of the net to put the Crusaders on top.

Valpo’s chances to earn the win looked even brighter mere seconds later, as Loyola’s Zach Lewis received his second yellow card of the match, resulting in his ejection from the contest and leaving the Ramblers a man down for the duration of the match.  But Loyola didn’t stop attacking, eventually netting the tying goal with just three minutes to play in regulation when Michael Ferguson redirected a ball from Willie Koss in the box.

“I thought Loyola did a very good job when they went a man down of continuing to push the game,” said Avery.  “We have to learn how to better manage games, both when we’re up on the scoreboard and up a man on the field.”

The overtime sessions saw Loyola (2-2-2, 0-0-1 Horizon) take three shots to Valpo’s two, with both goalkeepers being forced to make just one save.  The best scoring opportunity came about halfway through the second extra session, when Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) found himself one-on-one on the left side of the box with Byrne, but he sent his shot wide to the right.

For the game, the Ramblers out-shot the Crusaders by a 22-13 margin, placing nine shots on goal to Valpo’s six.  Schwarz made eight saves for the Brown and Gold, while Byrne made five stops.

“Overall, it was a good performance,” said Avery.  “At times, we had six and seven freshmen out on the field, getting on-the-job training and they’re growing up very quickly.  We did a good job and will look to get better from here as League play continues.”

Valparaiso (1-4-1, 0-0-1 Horizon) concludes a four-game road trip this coming Friday, as the Crusaders travel to Western Illinois to take on their former conference foe.  First kick is slated for 4 p.m.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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