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Zobeck Sets Single-Season Shutout Mark as Valpo Downs Milwaukee
Kyle Zobeck set Valpo's single-season shutout record on Saturday evening. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Zobeck set Valpo's single-season shutout record on Saturday evening. (Ray Acevedo)
Milwaukee (5-7-2, 2-2-2)
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Valparaiso (7-5-3, 3-0-1)
10/22/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 210
1st2ndFinal
Milwaukee000
Valparaiso022
Scoring
VALPO60:30MILLER, Kevin
VALPO74:39BARDEN, Charles (ZELEE, Kelvin )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
UWMSHAKON, John90:0025
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0001
Stats at a GlanceUWMVALPO
Shots (on Goal)6 (1)13 (7)
Saves51
Offsides35
Corner Kicks02
Fouls1418
Yellow Cards13

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) recorded his third straight shutout en route to setting Valparaiso’s single-season record in the category and the Crusaders got a pair of second-half goals to down Milwaukee, 2-0, Saturday evening at Brown Field.  The win moves Valpo into a tie atop the Horizon League table, with games in hand on both sides it’s tied with.

“This is a really good win for us today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “I didn't feel like we were very sharp in the first half, but then I thought in the second half our midfield really got a hold of the game.  I thought Zev Taublieb (Malibu, Calif./Agoura), Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) and Jonathan Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) – that trio’s defensive work was what really turned the tide of the game for us.  To limit an attacking-minded team like Milwaukee to zero shots in in the second half is a pretty good accomplishment.”

Zobeck’s clean sheet was his eighth of the year to move past Ryan Schwarz’s 2009 mark of seven shutouts alone atop the Crusaders’ single-season chart in the category.  Zobeck, who now has 15 career shutouts, had to make just one save in a clean sheet for the fourth time this year, as the entire Valpo lineup put together another strong defensive performance.  The Crusaders limited Milwaukee to just six shots, none of which came in the game’s final 50 minutes, and were the first side to shut out the Panthers this season.

“I thought again that Kyle, even though he only made one actual save, dealt well with a lot of balls in the box on crosses and free kicks,” said Avery.  “He really did a lot more than what shows up in the stat line today.  It’s no surprise that we got another shutout, because Kyle, along with Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International [SMU]) and Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]), really held down the fort for us defensively tonight.”

Valpo finally cracked the scoreboard Saturday in the 61st minute.  Inside the 18-yard box, Miller let go a shot past a challenging John Shakon that rattled off the crossbar.  But the rebound fell right back to the feet of Miller, and with Shakon out of position for the Panthers, it was an easy finish for the Crusader junior midfielder.  Miller tallied his first goal of the season on the play, giving the Crusaders 13 different goal-scorers this season, while it was his second career marker.

The Crusaders then got a key insurance tally in the 75th minute.  Kelvin Zelee (South Bend, Ind./John Adams [Indiana]) sent a through ball to a sprinting Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) in the offensive zone.  Faced with a charging Shakon, Barden chipped the ball over the Milwaukee keeper from 20 yards out as the duo collided.  No defender was on the back line for the Panthers, as the chip was perfectly executed and found the back of the net to give Valpo a 2-0 lead which would stand up.  Barden’s tally was his third of the year, tying him for team-high honors, while Zelee picked up his first career assist on the play.

Valpo out-shot Milwaukee (5-7-2, 2-2-2 Horizon) on the evening by a 13-6 count, including 6-0 in the final three quarters of an hour.  The Crusaders also earned the game’s only two corner kicks.  Shakon made five saves in goal for the Panthers in the losing effort.

Valparaiso (7-5-3, 3-0-1 Horizon) faces a key league battle on the road this coming Wednesday, as the Crusaders make the short trip up to Chicago to take on Loyola.  Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., and live stats for the contest 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