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Stivers Scores Golden Goal as Crusaders Defeat IUPUI
Zack Stivers scored the lone goal in Friday's contest. (Ray Acevedo)
Zack Stivers scored the lone goal in Friday's contest. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Senior forward Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) found the back of the net in the 93rd minute of play Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., giving Valparaiso a 1-0 overtime victory over IUPUI.  The win extends the Crusaders’ season-opening unbeaten streak to five games.

“First off, I want to congratulate our guys, because I knew this would be a hard game today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “It was our fifth game in a row on road, playing against an opponent that knows us well from our Mid-Con days.  There’s a lot of history between our two sides, and the history has always been hard games.  Today was no different, it was pretty clear that we were the team looking to try to score, but IUPUI just kept breaking the rhythm of play and made it just very difficult for us to find the goal.”

For Stivers, it was the second straight season that he scored a golden goal less than three minutes into the first overtime against IUPUI.  While last season he stepped up and knocked home a penalty kick, Friday’s goal came during the run of play.  Sophomore midfielder Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) slid a pass through for Stivers, who cut through the Jaguars’ back four and hit a diagonal shot to the far post for the deciding tally.

While that would be the game’s lone tally, the Crusaders had numerous chances at breaking through.  Valpo was credited with 18 shot attempts on the afternoon to IUPUI’s seven shots and put five shots on frame to three for the Jaguars.  Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) had perhaps the Crusaders’ best chance during regulation play, ringing a shot off the crossbar in the 81st minute.

But Valpo would need just the one goal on Friday, thanks in large part to yet another shutout by one of the nation’s best defenses so far in 2010.  The Crusaders posted their fourth shutout as a team in the season’s first five games.  Redshirt sophomore Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) played the first half in goal, while fifth-year senior Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) defended the frame in the second half and overtime.  Both Crusader keepers made one save, while Valpo’s defense also made a stop in the first half.  IUPUI (2-3-0) goalkeeper Tyler Keever made four saves in the losing effort.

“I give credit to IUPUI, but our guys hung tough and Zack eventually scored a great goal for us in overtime,” said Avery.  “We’re pretty happy to jump on the bus and get home tonight.  We look forward to playing a good Bowling Green team at home on Sunday and try to keep our unbeaten streak alive.”

Valparaiso (4-0-1) makes its 2010 home debut at Brown Field on Sunday evening under the lights, as the Crusaders host Bowling Green at 7 p.m.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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