For the second time in the last three matches, Valparaiso men’s soccer junior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) found the back of the net in extra time, scoring in the 107th minute as the Crusaders won Friday night at IUPUI, 2-1.
“We are very happy to have come away with a difficult win,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery. “IUPUI was a very determined opponent, and with the physical nature of the game we had a hard time finding rhythm.”
The Jaguars got on the board first Friday, scoring late in the first half. Nick Anderson went on a run down the left sideline for IUPUI in the 34th minute, and sent a ball into the middle, where Jacob Singer touched it to Trevor Semakula for the game’s opening goal.
Valpo would level the match in the 67th minute, as a pair of juniors teamed up to make it a 1-1 contest. Madrid rifled a shot off the crossbar, an effort which ricocheted back into play. Junior Matthew Gweh (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview [High Point]) corralled the rebound and tucked it into the net to tie the game. For Gweh, it was his second goal of the season, while Madrid picked up his first assist of the campaign.
The Crusaders had one final flurry in an attempt to win the match in regulation, putting a shot on goal and earning a pair of corners in the 90th minute, but could not find the back of the net. After a benign first ten minutes of extra time, Valpo pushed for the match-winner in the second overtime period, and finally found it in the 107th minute. Madrid finished to the lower-right corner of the goal off a set piece to give the Crusaders the victory – matching his heroics from a week ago, when he scored the golden goal in the second overtime period at Western Illinois.
“I was proud of our ability to figure out how to survive in the game, and we were tremendous in the second half,” said Avery. “Our tying goal was very well-earned, and to then go on and finish the game in overtime is a great bonus on the night.”
Valpo out-shot IUPUI (0-3-1) Friday night by a 20-15 count and put eight shots on goal to the Jaguars’ four. Eduardo Cortes stopped six shots in goal in the losing effort, while junior Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) made three saves to earn the win for Valpo. The Crusaders were called for just seven fouls over the 107 minutes, while the Jaguars racked up 21 fouls.
Valparaiso (2-2-1) opens up Horizon League play in eight days, when the Crusaders continue their stretch of road matches with a trip to Detroit. Kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 19 is slated for noon CT.