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Crusader Men Drop Road Test at #9 UC Santa Barbara
Todd Vervynckt picked up his second goal of the year Friday night. (Kevin Fedde)
Todd Vervynckt picked up his second goal of the year Friday night. (Kevin Fedde)
Valparaiso (1-2-1)
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#9 UC Santa Barbara (3-0-1)
9/7/2012 | Santa Barbara, Calif | Attendance: 3479
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso101
UC Santa Barbara022
Scoring
VALPO28:23VERVYNCKT, Todd (BARDEN, Charles , IWUNZE, Yannick)
UCSB53:22Ryan, Nic (Campion, Achille )
UCSB67:11Campion, Achille (Ryan, Nic )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0024
UCSBGrandt, Andre45:0011
UCSBMansker, Austin45:0002
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUCSB
Shots (on Goal)6 (4)12 (6)
Saves43
Offsides24
Corner Kicks25
Fouls1322
Yellow Cards12

Friday, September 07, 2012

Junior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) scored a goal off a corner kick in the 29th minute as Valparaiso led #9 UC Santa Barbara at halftime Friday evening in Santa Barbara, Calif., but the Gauchos scored a pair of second-half goals to down the Crusaders, 2-1.

"Obviously, this is probably one of the toughest environments to play in in college soccer," said Crusader head coach Mike Avery. "Santa Barbara has an amazing thing going with their crowd and their stadium, as well as their team. I'm really proud of the way we came in and stood up to them - we talked about being focused and not letting ourselves get pushed around, and I thought we did a good job standing up to them."

The Crusaders and Gauchos battled in an even first half, save for Valpo putting the game's first tally on the board. Junior Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) lined up a corner kick in the 29th minute and sent it into the box. There, junior Yannick Iwunze (Paris, France/Hightower [Tex.] H.S. [Barton County C.C./West Virginia]) deflected it on to Vervynckt, whose right-footed shot found the lower-left corner of the net to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. The goal was the second of the season for Barden, while Iwunze picked up his first point in a Valpo kit with the assist.

Valpo maintained the 1-0 lead through halftime, but UCSB scored twice in the second half for the come-from-behind win. The Gauchos found the equalizer in the 54th minute, as Achille Campion crossed on the ground to Nic Ryan, whose shot found its way underneath the crossbar to make it 1-1. The duo then reversed roles for the eventual match-winner in the 68th minute, as Ryan played a ball over the top to Campion, who beat Crusader goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) for the Gauchos' second goal.

"I thought we played as well as I've seen us play in the first 45 minutes tonight," said Avery. "Santa Barbara turned up the pressure on us in the second half, and the game got a bit more wide open. But all in all, it was a really good performance by our guys, and I'm really proud of them."

UC Santa Barbara ended the night out-shooting Valpo, 12-6, but the Crusaders were just narrowly out-shot on goal, as Valpo put four shots on frame to the Gauchos' six. Zobeck made four stops in the losing effort for the Crusaders.

Valparaiso (1-2-1) closes out its California swing on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders take on Cal Poly at 4 p.m. CDT. Live stats can be found for the match through www.valpoathletics.com.

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Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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
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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
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