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Crusaders Draw With Western Illinois Wednesday Night
Kyle Zobeck made three saves, including a diving stop on a penalty kick, Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Zobeck made three saves, including a diving stop on a penalty kick, Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Returning to Brown Field for the lone home match in a six-game stretch Wednesday night, Valparaiso battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw with former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois.

“Tonight was a useful game for us in a lot of ways,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We were able to get some different guys some minutes on the pitch, and were also able to get guys some rest that needed it.  I feel like we were better today than we played on Sunday, which is a good direction to be heading as we go into Saturday’s game.”

The Leathernecks hit the scoreboard first on Wednesday evening, taking advantage of the first scoring opportunity for either side in the seventh minute.  Darryl Odom crossed a ball from the right into the box, where Jonathan Sandoval touched it over to Mariano Leo, who found himself one-on-one with Crusader goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West).  Leo struck a low shot that found its way past Zobeck into the back of the net to give WIU the 1-0 lead.

Valpo took advantage of a Leatherneck miscue to knot the match up in the 15th minute.  A Crusader cross into the box was handled by a WIU defender, leading the referee to award Valpo a penalty kick.  Senior Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) stepped up to take the spot kick and calmly drilled it into the right-hand side of the net, making him a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty opportunities this season.

While that would be the game’s final goal, it wasn’t for a lack of scoring opportunities, as both sides had a number of chances to put a second tally on the board.  In the first half alone, Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) had a header hit the crossbar in the 20th minute, while a Crusader defender had to clear a ball off the back line to prevent WIU’s Sandoval from tallying a go-ahead marker in the 29th minute.  Then after the Leathernecks were awarded a PK of their own when the Crusaders were called for a foul in the box in the 44th minute, Zobeck stepped up and made a diving save towards the post on the spot kick attempt by Cosimo Patano to keep the match tied at one.

The second half saw Valpo outshoot Western Illinois (2-5-4) by an identical 6-4 margin as in the first half, but WIU netminder Andy Ryan made two saves and Zobeck stopped one shot to send the game into extra time.  Neither side got a shot attempt off in the first overtime period, but the Crusaders had a pair of stellar opportunities for the golden goal in the second overtime.  In the 102nd minute, Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) had a shot turned away by a diving Ryan and then Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) had an attempt in the box off the ensuing corner go just right of the frame.  Then, with under a minute to play, Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) struck a shot from 20 yards out that ricocheted off the goalpost.

“Both teams had good chances to take the lead, Western Illinois with a penalty kick and us hitting the post and the crossbar, so maybe it was a fair result,” said Avery.  “I thought we did a good job in creating more chances and held more possession throughout the game.  There were a lot of whistles tonight, which made it hard for either team to get into a rhythm.”

Valpo held a 16-9 advantage over Western Illinois for the game in the shots category, while both sides got five attempts on goal.  Ryan made four saves in net for WIU, while Zobeck made three stops and the Crusaders were also credited with a team save.  The physical battle saw 28 fouls called against Valpo to 19 for the Leathernecks.

“I thought Zobeck played very well for goal in us tonight,” said Avery.  “All in all, we got out of the game with a good result and now look forward to a key league match on Saturday.”

Valparaiso (6-3-2) gets right back on the road Saturday for the first match of a three-game road trip, traveling to eastern Ohio to take on Cleveland State in Horizon League action.  Links for live stats and live video for that contest will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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 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 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
W 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
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
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