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Crusaders Score Twice in Second Half to Down Panthers
Oscar Lomeli scored a penalty-kick goal to knot up the match early in the second half.
Oscar Lomeli scored a penalty-kick goal to knot up the match early in the second half.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Eastern Illinois box score

Senior captains Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ (Bethel [Ind.]) and Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) led by example Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field, as both netted second-half goals to lead Valparaiso to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Eastern Illinois in the season opener.

“Oscar and Paul really showed today why they’re our captains,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “They stepped up with us trailing at halftime and led the way to the victory in the second half.”

With five of Valpo’s starting 11 playing for the first time at the Division I level, including goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West), the game got off to a less than ideal start, as Eastern Illinois’ Adam Gartner won a scramble in front of the net off of a corner from Alex Harrison and found the back of the net in the third minute of play to put the Panthers ahead 1-0.  That would be it for the scoring in the first half, though, as the Crusaders and Panthers each attempted just five first half shots.

“I thought we started the game a little bit nervously,” said Avery.  “But towards the middle of the first half, we started to calm down and did a much better job controlling the game.”

Early on in the second stanza, Valpo found itself with a golden opportunity, as Lomeli was hauled down in the box by the Panthers’ Chris Pearson and awarded a penalty kick.  The senior stepped up and calmly drilled the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net to knot up the match at one goal apiece in the 49th minute.

In the 65th minute, the Crusaders put together another great scoring chance.  After winning a ball in the defensive end, Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) booted a perfect 40-yard pass across the field to a streaking Leitelt, giving him a one-on-one opportunity with Panther netminder Mark Hansen.  Hansen turned away Leitelt’s first shot, but the rebound came right back to the senior, who found the right side of the net to put Valpo ahead 2-1.

“I thought we really found ourselves at the halftime break, and came out with some urgency in the second half,” said Avery.  “We came out, controlled the play and got the goals we needed.”

Eastern Illinois had a few late chances to tie the game, putting two shots on frame in the final ten minutes and also earning a corner kick in the waning seconds.  But Zobeck and the Crusader defense stood firm, helping Valpo to defeat Eastern Illinois for the first time in the last four meetings.

“Kyle really did a good job after the early goal,” said Avery.  “As a true freshman making his first start in net, he made several key plays down the stretch for us to earn the win.  Andrew Stewart (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson) also was huge on the back line for us today.  He did a great job neutralizing EIU’s [Brad] Peters, who is a Hermann Award candidate, in the second half when they were pushing to try to score the equalizer.”

The Crusaders outshot Eastern Illinois for the game, 12-10, led by five attempts from Leitelt.  The Panthers put six shots on goal, five of which were stopped by Zobeck.  Hansen made three saves in net for Eastern Illinois (0-1-0).

Valparaiso (1-0-0) returns to the pitch on Sunday, traveling to DePaul for a 5 p.m. matchup.  Live stats can be accessed at www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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