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Valpo Closes Road Trip, Returns Home for Big League Matchup
Adrian Ortiz has played every minute of every game so far this year for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)
Adrian Ortiz has played every minute of every game so far this year for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, October 05, 2009

Valparaiso at Bowling Green - Tuesday, Oct. 6 - 2 p.m. CDT

*Butler at Valparaiso - Sunday, Oct. 11 - 12:30 p.m.

Coming Up for the Crusaders: Valparaiso concludes a three-game road trip with a non-league contest at Bowling Green on Tuesday before returning home to Brown Field for the first time in two weeks for a key league matchup with regionally-ranked Butler.

The Matchups: Valpo (4-5-1, 1-1-1 HL) has never faced Bowling Green on the soccer pitch, while the Crusaders trail the all-time series with Butler (6-1-1, 2-0-1 HL) by an 11-1 margin.  It looked like Valpo had an opportunity to earn its second win in the series against Butler last year in Indianapolis on October 3, as Oscar Lomeli scored off a feed from Adrian Ortiz to break a scoreless tie in the 82nd minute.  But the Bulldogs’ Kyle Pateros tied the game less than three minutes later, and Butler earned the 2-1 overtime win on a goal by Frank Patano in the 97th minute.

Previously:
The Crusaders took on their third ranked opponent of the year on Wednesday, outshooting #25 Michigan State by a 7-1 margin in the second half, but was unable to overcome an early two-goal deficit as the Spartans took a 2-0 victory.  Valpo then traveled to Wright State on Sunday for a Horizon League matchup which the Crusaders led 2-0 at halftime on the strength of two Steve Shively goals.  But the Raiders put up three unanswered tallies, including the game-winner less than 90 seconds into overtime, to win 3-2.

Following the Crusaders:  The sports staff at Valparaiso’s campus radio station, WVUR 95.1 FM, will be broadcasting the home contest wtih Butler live over its airwaves and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Both contests will also have live stats links available through the official Crusader website.

Shively Hits Paydirt: Senior forward Steve Shively entered the 2009 campaign with 13 career goals, but had not found the back of the net in the Crusaders’ first nine games of the season.  That changed Sunday against the Raiders, as Shively scored in the 6th minute and again in the 26th minute to give Valpo a two-goal advantage.  For the senior, it was his second career multi-goal game, to go along with a two-goal effort against Western Michigan in 2008.  His 15 career goals leaves Shively just one goal shy of a four-way tie for eighth place in Crusader history in the category.

Stivers Leading the Way: Junior Zack Stivers has led the Crusader offense this year, surpassing his total from his first two seasons combined by scoring four goals in Valpo’s first ten games.  Stivers’ most recent tally was a big second-half marker against Loyola, helping the Crusaders to earn a point in a key league contest.  The junior currently is tied for fourth in the league in goals scored and has also tallied two assists for a total of ten points, tied for third among all league players.

Iron Men: Two Crusaders have been a part of Valpo’s 11 men on the field every second this year to date.  Redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz returned to action this year after missing the entire 2008 campaign due to injury and has not come off the field yet.  Schwarz is currently on pace to set a new career best, as well as a Valpo single-season record, for goals against average.  Junior Adrian Ortiz, who has played in all 47 matches in his career, entered the season with nine career assists out of the midfield, ranking ninth in Crusader history.  But Ortiz has shifted to defense this year and has not missed a step, staying on the pitch in his corner back position for all 930:09 of action this season.

Protecting the Home Pitch: Valparaiso will play all seven of its home matches this year at Brown Field, also home of the Crusader football team.  The Crusaders will return to Brown Field Sunday against Butler, looking to move back to .500 at home this year as it tries to finish at or above .500 at home for the fourth straight season.  Valpo is also on pace to set a new home attendance record this year as well.

Tabbed Sixth: Valparaiso has been projected to finish sixth in the Horizon League this season in preseason polling of the league’s nine head coaches.  UIC received six of the nine first-place votes and tallied 62 points to be tabbed the preseason favorite.  Loyola registered two first-place votes en route to 56 points, while Butler received the remaining nod for the top spot, recording 49 points.  Cleveland State (44 pts.) and Green Bay (38 pts.) preceded the Crusaders, who registered 25 points, in the polling.  Milwaukee (22 pts.), Wright State (16 pts.) and Detroit (12 pts.) rounded out the preseason projections.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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