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Crusaders Surrender Late Goal in 1-0 Loss to Green Bay
Ryan Schwarz stopped four shots Wednesday for Valpo.
Ryan Schwarz stopped four shots Wednesday for Valpo.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Box Score

The Valparaiso defense held Green Bay at bay for over 80 minutes Wednesday afternoon at Eastgate Field in Horizon League action, but the Phoenix pushed across a goal in the 81st minute and held on to defeat the Crusaders, 1-0.

“We put together a good effort today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We played better than we did last week.  We’re continuing to grow as a team.  At some point, though, we have to get results, and it’s going to be tough, as we have an unforgiving schedule ahead of us.”

The two squads played to a scoreless tie after 45 minutes of play, the sixth time this season in the first nine games that the Crusaders have held their opponent scoreless through the first half.  The Phoenix out shot Valpo in the first half by a 14-3 margin, but only three of Green Bay’s shots were on net, as the Crusader defense forced many low percentage opportunities from outside the 18-yard box.

“Not just our back four, but our entire block of eight players did a great job keeping Green Bay out of the box,” said Avery.  “We had them settling for shots from well outside, and it actually allowed us a few good counter-chances, which is what we were anticipating going into the game.”

The Crusaders found themselves with many opportunities early in the second half, getting a couple early corner kicks and then their best scoring chance of the game in the 57th minute.  Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel]) found himself on a breakaway one-on-one with Phoenix goalkeeper Adam Stikl off of a long throw-in, but Stikl came out of his net and Lomeli could not get a clean shot off, as the ball trickled harmlessly over the end line wide of the net.

The game remained scoreless into the 81st minute, when the Phoenix attack found the back of the net.  Tyler Rosenberg took a throw-in for Green Bay from 35 yards out, and put it into the 18-yard box.  Francois Basty used a header to flick the ball over two Crusader defenders and onto the forehead of JC Banks, who headed the ball into the upper middle portion of the net over Valpo goalie Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) for the game’s only goal.

“We’re getting to where we need to be,” said Avery.  “Right now, we’re playing good soccer for 99% of the game, and then we have one mental lapse that ends up hurting us.  We’ve got to clean up those lapses and make sure we’re focused for the full 90 minutes.”

Green Bay (5-2-2, 1-0-0 Horizon) ended the game with a 24-8 advantage in the shot category over the Crusaders, but only placed five shots on goal, while Valpo put two on frame.  Schwarz ended the game with four saves, while Stikl made two stops for the Phoenix.  Green Bay held a slight 7-6 edge in corner kicks, while Valpo committed 21 fouls to the Phoenix’s 16.

Valparaiso (2-6-1, 0-2-1 Horizon) will look to get back into the win column as it continues Horizon League play on Saturday, when the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee for a game under the lights.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
 

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
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 Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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