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Valpo Advances to HL Semifinals With 4-0 Win Over Milwaukee; Set Program Record for Wins
Brendan Roth scored twice Tuesday, including the match-winner. (Ray Acevedo)
Brendan Roth scored twice Tuesday, including the match-winner. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) goal in the seventh minute was all the scoring Valparaiso would need, and three second-half markers secured the Crusaders’ first-ever win in Horizon League Championship action, as third-seeded Valpo downed sixth-seeded Milwaukee 4-0 Tuesday afternoon in a quarterfinal matchup at Brown Field.

The win was the Crusaders’ tenth of the 2009 campaign, breaking the 1987 squad’s single-season record of nine victories.  Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made six saves in net to earn his seventh shutout of the season, leaving him alone atop Valpo’s single-season chart for clean sheets by a netminder.

“Scoring the early goal really helped take a little bit of the pressure off for us today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “Then when we were able to get the second goal pretty early in the second half, it really sealed the game for us.  In the latter portion of the game, Milwaukee pushed forward looking to score, and we were able to get behind them a couple times to ice the game.  In the end, the name of the game in the playoffs is survive and advance.  We’re still alive and looking forward to playing Green Bay on Friday.”

The match-winner from Roth came on a nice set piece off a free kick by the Crusaders.  Danny Jeftich (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso [IUPUI]) initiated the piece from about 30 yards out on the left flank and sent it into the center of the box to Roby Del Giudice (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.]).  Del Giudice touched the ball back to Roth, who took a well-placed strike from 15 yards that eluded Panther goalkeeper John Shakon for the game’s opening goal.

Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) gave Valpo a critical insurance tally early on in the second half to help secure the game for the Crusaders.  A foul was called on Milwaukee inside the box, leading to a penalty kick opportunity.  Stivers took the initial spot kick, which was saved by Shakon, but the rebound came directly back to the junior, who punched it into the back of the net for his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 53rd minute.

Roth added his second goal of the contest in the 78th minute, as Ken Perkins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) sent a long pass up the right side, where Roth outraced both Shakon and a Panther defender to the ball and chipped it over Shakon’s head into the goal from 20 yards out.  Valpo closed out the scoring in the 88th minute when Clayton Lyons (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) sent a long lead pass to Kelvin Zelee (South Bend, Ind./John Adams [Indiana]), who found himself one-on-one with Shakon on a breakaway and converted for his first collegiate goal.

Valparaiso placed seven shots on net on the day to six for Milwaukee (3-13-2).  Schwarz made the aforementioned six stops in net, while Shakon made two saves and the Panther defense came up with another save.

“A lot of credit goes to Brendan for two very well-taken goals today,” said Avery.  “His first one was just a really good strike from the top of the box, while he earned his second one out of determination.  He just out-ran the goalie and defender to the ball and was able to slot it in.  I also thought Ryan played well in goal today.  He handled a lot of cross balls cleanly, and while he wasn’t called on to make a lot of tough saves, he handled everything that came his way and managed the game well.”

Valparaiso (10-6-2), which was hosting its first postseason game since 1998, earned a victory in the postseason for the first time since 1996.  The Crusaders advance to Indianapolis on Friday, where they will face second-seeded Green Bay at 11 a.m. CST.  Links for live video through the Horizon League Network, as well as live statistics, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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