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Crusaders Fall in Road Trip Finale
Monday, October 19, 2015
Crusaders Fall in Road Trip Finale
Kevin Fallet and the Crusaders dropped their final non-league matchup at Michigan Monday.

The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team concluded a five-match road trip on Monday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the Crusaders fell to Michigan, 1-0.

“I'm very proud of my guys tonight because they put in a very gutsy performance against a good Michigan team,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery following the game. “Even though we came up short, there was a lot to admire about Valparaiso tonight. The Michigan coach referred to us before the game as ‘the most resilient team in college soccer’, and he may just be right. In the past six days we've traveled about 4,000 miles, been in three time zones, played three difficult games with two of those going through extra time, and despite it all, we are still heading in a positive direction.”

The Crusaders (6-4-4, 2-1-2) withstood pressure from Michigan in the first half, going into halftime tied 0-0 despite surrendering 13 shots over the opening 45 minutes. But the Wolverines (7-3-3) opened up the second half fast, scoring in the 51st minute off the foot of Francis Atuahene. The Crusaders had a few opportunities late, including a shot on goal off a header from junior Matthew Gweh (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview [High Point]) in the 82nd minute that was saved by Michigan goalkeeper Evan Loudo. Valpo had three shot attempts in the final four minutes as well in search of the equalizer, but could not find it.

Reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) faced six shots in goal for the Crusaders on the night, making saves on five of them.

“The schedule has been challenging, for sure, but we are an ambitious program and we accept that with our ambition will come challenges,” said Avery. “The beauty now is we get a few days off and we have two home games in line. We have four league games remaining, with everything we want still out there in front of us, and we have some amazing experiences to look back on that should harden us for the stretch run.”

The match against Michigan closed out the Crusaders’ non-league schedule. Valparaiso has four Horizon League games remaining, including three at home. The next two games will be at Brown Field, starting with Belmont on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Live stats can followed online via ValpoAthletics.com.