Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Valpo Earns 1-0 Victory Over Milwaukee
Ryan Schwarz made six saves in the shutout Saturday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Schwarz made six saves in the shutout Saturday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Valparaiso men’s soccer team moved one step closer to securing a berth in the Horizon League Championship Saturday evening, defeating Milwaukee on the road 1-0, the program’s first-ever victory over the Panthers.

The win moves the Crusaders to 3-2-1 in league action, their 10 points just one point away from clinching a spot in the top-six in the Horizon League standings and the subsequent spot in the league tournament.  Valpo also now sits at 8-6-1 overall on the season, just one positive result away from securing the first .500 or better season for the program since 1987.

“This was obviously a big win for us tonight in the fight to make the tournament,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “I thought both teams played really well and it was a good game overall, and I’m proud of our guys for fighting and figuring out a way to come out on top.  Good teams figure out a win to get good wins on the road, and that is what we did tonight.”

Crusader netminder Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) put forth an outstanding effort to earn his fifth shutout victory of the season, tied for second-most in a single season in Valpo history.  Schwarz made three first-half saves and then stopped a trio of shots in the first half-hour of the second stanza to keep the contest scoreless.

“Ryan was just absolutely amazing tonight in net for us,” said Avery.  “He stepped up and made a number of point-blank saves that kept us in the game before we were able to score.”

The lone goal of the game would find the back of the net late in the 76th minute.  With the Crusaders in the midst of an offensive attack, Clayton Lyons (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) sent a cross into the box from the right side that deflected off a Milwaukee defender marking a Valpo striker and inside the near post for an own goal to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.  Roby Del Giudice (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.]) would send a one-touch shot off the cross bar in the 79th minute on a quality scoring opportunity, but the possible insurance tally would prove unnecessary as the Panthers failed to get a shot attempt in the game’s final stages.

Milwaukee (3-10-2, 2-3-2 Horizon) held a 13-10 advantage in the shots category, putting six shots on frame to five for Valpo.  Schwarz stopped all six shots he faced, lowering his goals against average on the season to 1.10, while Panther goalkeeper John Shakon made four saves.

Valparaiso (8-6-1, 3-2-1 Horizon) will look to secure its spot in the Horizon League Championship next Friday evening when the Crusaders head over to the Windy City to take on UIC.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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