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Crusaders Earn Critical Road Win at Detroit
Eric Nieto scored his second goal in as many games Sunday. (William Liu)
Eric Nieto scored his second goal in as many games Sunday. (William Liu)
Valparaiso (3-6-5 (1-1-3))
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Detroit (7-7-0 (3-1-0))
10/21/2012 | Detroit, Mich. | Attendance: 272
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Valparaiso022
Detroit000
Scoring
VALPO81:05SUKER, Nick (AIDOUD, Jordan )
VALPO85:02NIETO, Eric (VERVYNCKT, Todd )
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VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0002
UDMSTEINWASCHER, Nathan90:0025
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUDM
Shots (on Goal)15 (7)8 (2)
Saves25
Offsides41
Corner Kicks28
Fouls1616
Yellow Cards01
Red Cards10

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s soccer team picked up three points on the road Sunday afternoon in a crucial Horizon League matchup, scoring a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes despite playing a man down to defeat Detroit by a 2-0 final.

“This was obviously a real good win for us today, in an important game with a lot at stake in the league race,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “It was an interesting game – Detroit entered at the top of the table, fighting to stay there, while we're trying to fight to get into the top-six – so both teams had a lot riding on today’s game.”

The Crusaders and Titans played a scoreless first three quarters of an hour.  Detroit tallied eight shot attempts to Valpo’s four in the first half and had all five corner kicks in the opening period, but both sides put two shots on goal, both of which were saved, on Valpo’s side by fifth-year senior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) and by Nathan Steinwascher for Detroit.  Valpo’s job got tougher just two minutes before halftime, as a red card was shown to one of the Crusaders’ field players, meaning they would be down to ten men for the remainder of the game.

Despite the sending off, Valpo remained the aggressor and dominated the second half of play despite being down a man.  In fact, the Crusaders did not permit Detroit to record a shot attempt in the second half while tallying 11 shot attempts on their side, five of which were on goal.  But it would take Valpo until the 82nd minute to finally claim the lead, with the eventual match-winner coming courtesy of sophomore Nick Suker (Downers Grove, Ill./South).  Junior Jordan Aidoud (L’isled’Abeau, France/CEFAM) sent a cross into the box that Suker met with a diving header to get off the mark for the Crusaders and give Valpo the 1-0 advantage.

The Crusaders would not settle for the one-goal lead, however, continuing to push forward.  Valpo registered a pair of shot attempts and a corner kick in the two minutes following the goal, and eventually found an insurance marker in the 86th minute.  Junior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) played a pass in deep to sophomore Eric Nieto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Louisville Collegiate [Ky.] H.S.), and the latter finished his second goal in as many games to secure the win for the visiting side.

“We came out and played well today, and then faced a lot of adversity when we went down a man on a red card just before halftime,” said Avery.  “I was proud of the way we responded – really, in the time we were a man down, we outplayed Detroit, created all the chances and looked like we were the team which was a man up.”

Zobeck needed to make just the two first-half saves to secure the clean sheet, his fourth of the season, while Steinwascher closed the game with five stops for Detroit (7-7-0, 3-1-0 Horizon).  Valpo ended the game with a 15-8 advantage in shots over the Titans as well.

“I’m really excited about the win and really proud of the team,” said Avery.  “Our guys have faced a lot of adversity all season long, and now that we're on the other side of it, we’re excited going forward.  We have a big game coming up Wednesday night against Wright State, and I know our guys will be up for that one.”

Valparaiso (3-6-5, 1-1-3 Horizon) returns home to Brown Field for its final home game of the 2012 regular season on Wednesday evening in Horizon League play against Wright State.  Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., and all the action can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso. Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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Apr 8 Valpo 8
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
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
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
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