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Crusaders Unable to Overcome Early Penalty in Loss at #20 Michigan
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Michigan (8-5-3)
11/4/2013 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Attendance: 718
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Valparaiso000
Michigan101
Scoring
MICH26:56Fabio Pereira
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOSERRATORE,Tom90:0013
MICHAdam Grinwis90:0003
Stats at a GlanceVALPOMICH
Shots (on Goal)6 (3)11 (4)
Saves33
Offsides15
Corner Kicks14
Fouls1815
Yellow Cards21

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Crusader men fell in a tough match at #20 Michigan on Monday night. An early penalty given to the Wolverines would turn out to be the difference in a 1-0 loss for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders were whistled for a handball in their own penalty area in the 27th minute of the match. Michigan’s Fabio Pereira was able to convert the penalty in spite of a great effort from Crusader goalkeeper Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew). Pereira’s spot kick put the Wolverines up early and forced the Crusaders to chase the game.

“It was a tight game where both teams had spells of being on the front foot, and spells of being back on their heels,” said head coach Mike Avery. “The difference in the game was a penalty kick, and while I can't argue with the call, it was a bit of bad luck in that one of our players was uncontested and misjudged a clearance that made contact with his hand.  Other than that penalty kick moment, we did a good job of keeping them out of the box and limiting their shots to shots from distance, where Tom was able to make some fairly routine saves.”

Valpo looked to respond just minutes later as Zev Taublieb (Malibu, Calif./Agoura )was able to create enough space to have a look at goal in the 31st minute, but the junior midfielder’s shot would be saved by Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, and the Wolverines would keep their 1-0 advantage. Michigan would take a few more looks on goal before the end of the half, but each chance would be snuffed out by Serratore.

Minutes into the second half, Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Linn-Mar) almost leveled the score at 1-1 with a great strike on goal. Grinwis was able to produce an important save, however, denying the Crusaders once again.

“On the attacking end, we had plenty of balls in their box, but we struggled to get on the end of anything,’ said Avery. “Their backs and goalkeeper did well to keep us from clean looks, and their goalkeeper had one very good save on a chance from Charles Barden, but for the most part we were lacking some urgency to beat a man to the ball.  We will need to be much more proactive on Saturday against Detroit in that area of the game.”

The Crusaders would continue to push for the equalizer, but were unable to produce that special moment needed to find goal. Pereira’s penalty would hold, and the match would end 1-0. Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) led the Crusaders with two shots on the night, one being on goal. Taublieb and Barden also produced a chance on goal. Outside of the early penalty, Serratore was only called upon to produce three saves.

“Michigan is a good team, ranked nationally, and we went toe to toe with them at their home stadium,” said Avery. “It shows that when we have everyone healthy, which we do now after a long stretch where that wasn't the case, we can play with anyone.  It will be an exciting game Saturday, and we need to be at our best to give ourselves a chance to earn a postseason appearance.”

The Crusader men have the week to prepare for their regular season finale with Horizon League foe Detroit (3-10-4, 0-6-0 Horizon). The match carries plenty of significance, as the Crusaders must take all three points from the game in order to secure a berth in the Horizon League championship. Green Bay must also lose their match at UIC for Valpo to advance. Additionally, Saturday’s match will serve as senior night for seven Crusaders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brown Field. 

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Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
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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)
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Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
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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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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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
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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
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Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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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
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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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
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