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Adrian Ortiz moved into the top-ten in Crusader history in assists last weekend.
Adrian Ortiz moved into the top-ten in Crusader history in assists last weekend.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Weekly Game Notes

*Valparaiso at Cleveland State - Saturday, October 11 - 6 p.m. CDT  [Live Stats]

This Weekend’s Action: Valparaiso will look to snap a three-match losing streak as the Crusaders continue Horizon League play at Cleveland State on Saturday evening.

The Matchup:
Cleveland State holds an 8-2-0 advantage in the all-time series against Valparaiso, but the Crusaders have taken two of the last three meetings, including a 1-0 victory at Eastgate Field on Nov. 2, 2007 to close out the regular season.  Oscar Lomeli scored early in the second half to give Valpo the only goal it would need, and Ryan Schwarz made that tally stand up in net by making a pair of saves.

Recapping Last Week:
  The Crusaders dropped a pair of hard-fought road matches in Horizon League play last week, falling at Butler, 2-1 in overtime, and losing to Loyola, 2-0.

The Crusaders and Bulldogs played over 80 minutes of scoreless soccer on Friday in Indianapolis until senior forward Oscar Lomeli found the back of the net in the 82nd minute on an assist from Adrian Ortiz.  For Lomeli, it was his team-best fourth marker of the year.  But the lead was short-lived, as Kyle Pateros tied it up in the 85th minute and Frank Patano then scored the golden goal for Butler in the 97th.  Kyle Zobeck made three saves in goal.

Valparaiso and Loyola played a scoreless first half Sunday night in Chicago, Ill., but the Ramblers pulled ahead with a goal in the 57th minute by Alex Jones.  The Crusaders had their best opportunity of the game a few minutes later, but J.J. Del Castillo’s shot was just high of the frame, and the Ramblers would get an insurance tally from Eric Gehrig in the 73rd minute.  Paul Leitelt led Valpo’s offensive attack with six shot attempts.

Following the Crusaders:
WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) will not be broadcasting the Crusaders’ match on Saturday from Cleveland State, but a link for live statistics will be available at www.valpoathletics.com. WVUR is slated to broadcast nine Crusader men’s soccer matches this season, while live stats for all Valpo home matches and select road matches can be accessed through the official Valparaiso athletics website.

Finding the Back of the Net: After suffering seven shutouts during the 2007 season, the Crusader offense is putting goals on the board consistently in the 2008 campaign.  Valpo scored in each of its first 11 matches of the season before suffering a shutout loss at Loyola on Sunday, becoming the last Horizon League squad to get shut out.  The Crusaders have already tallied 15 goals on the season, surpassing their entire scoring tally from last season. 

Zobeck Stopping Shots: Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck has made his mark on the Crusaders just 12 matches into his first season.  Zobeck has already tallied three shutouts, tied for seventh-most in Crusader history, and ranks among the top-five in the Horizon League in save percentage (.772).  Zobeck also ranks 26th nationally and third among league netminders with an average of 5.08 saves/match.  On the other side of the ball, he became the first Valpo goalkeeper since 2001 to record an assist, picking up a helper Sept. 21 against Western Michigan.

Lomeli Likes to Score: Senior forward Oscar Lomeli has been the Crusaders’ go-to player up front this year, and Lomeli has taken advantage.  The Second Team All-League honoree last year scored his team-best fourth goal of the season Friday at Butler and is just outside of the league’s top-five goal scorers.  Lomeli also ranks among the Horizon League’s top-ten in shot attempts (28, t-5th) and points (9, 10th).

Ortiz Dishes Out Assists:
Sophomore midfielder Adrian Ortiz continues to climb the Crusaders’ all-time assists chart.  Ortiz registered his second helper of the year on Lomeli’s goal at Butler, giving him nine career assists and moving him into a four-way tie for ninth place in Valpo history in the category with Mickey Cseri, Marc Riedl and J.J. Ruane.  With three more assists, Ortiz would crack Valpo’s top-five all-time.

Picked Sixth: Valpo has been projected to finish sixth in the Horizon League this year by the league’s head coaches.  UIC was a unanimous choice to win the league title, followed by Green Bay, Loyola, Butler and Milwaukee.  The Crusaders were trailed by Wright State, Detroit and Cleveland State in the polling.

Tournament Teams Highlight Schedule: Four of Valpo’s 18 opponents on the 2008 slate reached the NCAA Tournament last season.  The Crusaders have already downed the first two such opponents they have faced, defeating DePaul (1-0) on Aug. 31 and #25/RV Bradley (1-0), which advanced to the 2007 Elite Eight, on Sept. 12.  Later this year, Valpo will play at Michigan State before welcoming UIC, which also reached the Elite Eight last season, to Eastgate Field on October 31.

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