Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Valpo Falls 2-0 to Michigan State on Senior Day

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Michigan State Spartans spoiled the final home match for four Valparaiso University seniors, picking up a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.

Tim Bowington (Odessa, Texas/Permian), Nate Hyde (South Bend, Ind./Clay), Nate Balfanz (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria) and Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) were honored for their career achievements in a halftime ceremony. As freshmen, Hyde, Balfanz and Oleck participated in the Mid-Con Tournament, and the four will return to the conference's premier event next weekend in Kansas City, Mo.

In Sunday's match, the Spartans got on the board in the first half when a Crusader hand ball in the box led to a penalty kick. Steve Doster beat Oleck and put Michigan State up in the 15th minute. Doug DeMartin put the game away in the 89th minute when he chipped home a Ryan Dick cross.

The Spartans outshot the Crusaders 22-10 including an 11-4 edge on goal. Oleck made nine saves in defeat, while Jason Tillman made four stops in recording his sixth shutout of the year for MSU.

Valpo's quest for their first Mid-Con Championship in nine years begins Friday, November 11 when they take on Oakland. The Crusaders handed the Golden Grizzlies their only conference loss of the season back on October 8, winning on the road 1-0.

box score
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler