The Valparaiso men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision on a chilly night at Green Bay Saturday night.
Scoreless through the first 85 minutes of play, Valpo found the offensive spark when sophomore forward Matt Gweh (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) put one into the net in the 86th minute off a pass from classmate Suleiman Thomas (Chicago, Ill./Lake Forest Academy). The lead would be short-lived however, as Lawrence Talery headed in the equalizer in the 90th minute.
The Phoenix would control the overtime period, having three chances off corner kicks in a four minute span before Tyler Swanner sent one past sophomore goalkeeper Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) in the 100th minute.
“A very difficult result, especially given that we had a good performance tonight,” Crusader head coach Mike Avery said. “Giving up the tying goal just seconds from the end of regulation is heartbreaking, and then to have it happen again in the OT adds insult to injury, but I'm proud of our performance tonight.”
The Crusaders tested the Phoenix early as junior midfielder Jacob Gandarilla (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) had his blast stopped by keeper Dani Alvarado in the fifth minute of the opening period. Fellow class and linemate Jordan Aidoud (Lyon, France/CEFAM) had a chance in the 18th minute that was stopped by Alvarado as well. They would combine for three of Valpo’s five shots on goal.
Campbell made four saves for Valpo as his record dropped to 7-4-4.
“A senior for Green Bay, on senior night, had a special moment and gave them life in a game that seemed over - that's the beauty of sport,” Avery said. “Hopefully we can get the same from one of our seniors next weekend and keep the season alive. You always want to play the final game of the season with something important on the line, and we've certainly got that ahead of us.”
Valpo (8-5-4, 3-3-1) concludes their regular season next Saturday when they host league leader Oakland. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm CT. Live stats will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.
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