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Crusaders Close Out 2006 Season With Home Victory Over Aurora

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Valparaiso snapped its losing skid on Saturday afternoon and registered its first home victory of the year, closing out the 2006 season with a 20-7 win over Aurora at Brown Field.

The Crusaders scored first as Mike Krieg (Romeo, Mich./Romeo H.S.) made a 37-yard field goal with 1:15 to play in the opening quarter. His kick clipped the crossbar, but fell through, giving him a career long.

Valpo added to the lead in the second as Josh Lynn (Hammond, Ind./Morton H.S.) found the end zone from two yards out, making it 10-0 Brown and Gold at the break.

Kevin Folk (Chicago, Ill./Richards H.S.), one of ten seniors participating in their final game of their career, scored his first collegiate touchdown, going around left end on a fourth-and-goal from the one to make it 17-0 Valpo.

Aurora cut the Crusader lead to 10 on the first play of the fourth as Matt McGary connected with Cory Cowan from five yards out. Krieg added a 28-yard field goal with 7:45 left for insurance as the Crusaders finish the season 3-8 overall. The Spartans conclude their season 5-5.

Valpo's defense led the way, allowing just six first downs, two by penalty, and 79 total yards. Aurora managed just 11 yards on the ground for the contest. Kyle Kater (Montague, Mich./Montague H.S.), another senior, led the way with nine tackles and a pass breakup. The Crusader defense only allowed two third down conversions by Aurora in 14 opportunities as well.

Jimmy Riker (Tekonsha, Mich./Tekonsha H.S.) finished his career with 143 tackles, including 39 for loss.

Offensively, Valpo tallied 304 total yards. John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) carried 29 times for 139 yards to lead the way. Steve Ogden (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) finished with six grabs for 104 yards, allowing the redshirt-sophomore to finish the year with 1,048 yards receiving.

The victory was the first at home for the Brown and Gold since the final game of the 2004 season, and snapped a seven-game losing skid overall.

Prior to the game, Kater, Folk, and Riker joined teammates Omar Alexander (The Columbia, N.C./Columbia H.S.), Mike Montgomery (Orlando Fla./Dr. Phillips H.S.), Seungyeup Ro (Palatine, Ill./Fremd H.S.), Brandon Bogenschutz (Cleveland, Wis./North H.S.), Adam Gregait (Geneva, Ill./Geneva H.S.), Mike Schilling (Wauwatosa, Wis./East H.S.), and Charlie Thompson (Sheboygan, Wis./North H.S.) in being recognized for Senior Day.
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo