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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 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. #21/21 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