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Play Video Charles Barden and the Crusaders return home Wednesday night. (William Liu)
Charles Barden and the Crusaders return home Wednesday night. (William Liu)
Wright State (3-11-1, 1-3-1)
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Valparaiso (4-6-5, 2-1-3)
10/24/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 335
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Wright State011
Valparaiso112
Scoring
VALPO23:47SUKER, Nick (MILLER, Kevin )
VALPO70:21AIDOUD, Jordan
WSU89:22ONONYE, Emeka (NILSSON, Albert )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
WSUBYE, Jacob90:0022
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0013
Stats at a GlanceWSUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)9 (4)13 (4)
Saves23
Offsides31
Corner Kicks56
Fouls2418
Yellow Cards02

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Valparaiso (3-6-5, 1-1-3 Horizon)
Wednesday, Oct. 24 - 7:30 p.m. - Wright State (3-10-1, 1-2-1 Horizon)
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 1 p.m. CDT - at Michigan (5-7-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten)

This Week in Crusader Soccer: The Valparaiso men’s soccer team closes out the 2012 home regular season slate with a key Horizon League showdown against Wright State on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Valpo then steps out of league play to take on Big Ten foe Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon.

Previously: The Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to five matches last week with a pair of wins. Valpo downed Northern Illinois at home in a driving rain, 2-1, and then went on the road and beat Detroit for three league points, 2-0.

The Road Ahead: The 2012 regular season ends with two more road contests next week. Valpo will remain outside league action to take on IPFW in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The regular season concludes at Milwaukee next Saturday night, Nov. 3.

Following the Crusaders: Wednesday night’s match will have live video available through the Horizon League Network, while Saturday’s contest at Michigan will have video available for a fee through Michigan’s website. The link for the HLN video feed of Wednesday’s match, as well as live stats for both contests, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

Head Coach Mike Avery: Mike Avery returns for his sixth season at the helm of the Crusader men’s soccer program after being named Horizon League Coach of the Year and guiding the team to the league regular season championship in 2011. Avery, who owns 41 victories as Crusader head coach, has led Valpo to three of the four winningest seasons in program history over the last three years. Under his watch, 21 players have earned All-League accolades, including three Goalkeeper of the Year honorees and one Defensive Player of the Year.

Series Notes: The Crusaders are just 2-8-0 all-time against Wright State, but both wins have come in the last two meetings, including a 1-0 win on Brown Field last season. Sam Haines had the match-winner in that one in the 38th minute, while Kyle Zobeck made three saves for the shutout. Valpo is 0-3-0 all-time versus Michigan, most recently falling 4-2 in Ann Arbor during the 2010 campaign. Stefan Antonijevic and Jake Freisinger scored for the Crusaders in that contest.

Scouting the Opposition: Wright State enters Wednesday’s match at 3-10-1 and 1-2-1 in league play, most recently falling to Ohio State by a 2-1 scoreline. Brett Elder (6g, 2a) and Derek Zuniga (3g, 5a) have both been in on eight of the Raiders’ 15 goals this year, while Jacob Fee has posted a 1.33 GAA during the majority of time as goalkeeper. Michigan is 5-7-1 overall and 2-2-1 within the Big Ten, knocking off #11 Indiana 2-1 last time out. The Wolverines boast a balanced offense, as 10 different players have combined for 17 goals.

Crusaders Picked Third in Preseason Poll: Valparaiso picked up the most first-place votes of any Horizon League team en route to being chosen to finish in third place during the 2012 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders earned three of the eight first-place votes. Only Wright State and Cleveland State were selected ahead of Valpo.

Senior CLASS Award: Goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck is one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Senior CLASS award, an annual award presented to a senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Fans can vote for Zobeck through November 19 by visiting http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote.

League Honorees: The Crusaders swept the Horizon League weekly awards last week, their first honorees of the season. Eric Nieto earned Offensive honors after scoring the match-winner against Northern Illinois and tallying an insurance marker in the league win over Detroit. Kyle Zobeck received Defensive honors, the second weekly award of his career, for his shutout of Detroit, as well as his seven-save effort in the win against NIU.

Finding the Back of the Net: After suffering through a season-opening stretch that saw them score just one goal in their first eight D-I games despite out-shooting the opposition 101-69, the Crusaders have scored six times in the last five games, including four times last week. Nieto had the pair of markers, while Charles Barden tallied the first goal versus NIU and Nick Suker got off the mark with the game-winner at Detroit.

Man Down? No Problem!: Valpo found itself a man down after a Crusader got issued a straight red card two minutes before halftime Sunday at Detroit, the first red of the year for the disciplined Crusader side. But despite playing the remainder of the game 10-v-11, Valpo remained the aggressor, not surrendering a shot attempt to the Titans in the final 47 minutes while firing off 11 shots of its own and scoring both its goals.

Wake Me Up When September Ends: Valpo was 1-0-1 in the month of August, but when the calendar flipped to September, the Crusaders were unable to win a match, going 0-6-1 during September. But since October 1, the results have fallen the Crusaders’ way, as Valpo has gone unbeaten in its last five (2-0-3). The Crusaders are now just one result shy of matching the program record for longest unbeaten streak.

Strong Defense: Under Avery’s direction, last year’s Crusader squad continued to be strong in the back, surrendering just 14 goals on the season to set a new program single-season record for fewest goals allowed. This year’s team has lived up to the task so far, giving up just 11 goals through the first 14 games. Valpo gave up more than one goal for the only time this year in a 2-1 loss at #9 UC Santa Barbara, something that has happened just eight times since the start of the 2010 campaign. In addition, since the beginning of that season, the Crusaders have surrendered more than two goals just once. As a team, Valpo ranks 18th nationally with a 0.73 GAA, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck paces the Horizon League and sits 20th nationally with a 0.72 GAA of his own.

There’s Almost Always Drama: Close games are to be expected for the Crusaders as they enter the heart of Horizon League play. Valpo’s two-goal win over Detroit on Sunday broke a string of 11 straight matches decided by one goal or less, while now 12 of 14 games this year have been ties or one-goal decisions. In fact, Valpo has now had 38 of 45 Horizon League contests end as one-goal decisions or draws since joining the HL prior to the 2007 campaign.


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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M 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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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