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Valpo Falls on Road at #20 Northern Illinois
Chadd Sult and the Crusaders were unable to down #20 Northern Illinois. (Ray Acevedo)
Chadd Sult and the Crusaders were unable to down #20 Northern Illinois. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (1-2-1)
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#20 Northern Illinois (4-0-0)
9/9/2011 | DeKalb, Ill. | Attendance: 604
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso000
Northern Illinois011
Scoring
NIU84:19KANNAH, Isaac
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0012
NIUGODSEY, Jordan90:0003
Stats at a GlanceVALPONIU
Shots (on Goal)8 (3)6 (3)
Saves23
Offsides44
Corner Kicks42
Fouls811
Yellow Cards01

Friday, September 09, 2011

A goal by Isaac Kannah in the 85th minute proved to be the difference on Friday evening, as Valparaiso fell to #20 Northern Illinois, 1-0, in its first match at the NIU adidas Invitational in DeKalb, Ill.

Valpo played right with the nation’s 20th-ranked side on its home pitch, actually out-shooting the host Huskies by an 8-6 margin.  The Crusaders also took four corner kicks against two for Northern Illinois. 

"I was really disappointed for our guys tonight," said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  "They played great against a Northern Illinois team which had a lot going for it, coming in ranked 20th, their home opener and first game of the tournament.  A lot of things combined to build the game up and made it a great environment.  Our guys really came to play, and it was a great battle.  A lot of things in how the game went fell our way, yet at the end of the day we have to score goals to win."

The Northern Illinois goal came late in the second stanza, with just under six minutes remaining in the game.  The Huskies’ Jayson LeSeth took a corner kick, which resulted in a scramble inside the area.  Kannah came up with the ball and took an initial strike which was blocked by a Crusader defender.  But the ball rebounded right back to Kannah, who made his second attempt count for the game’s lone tally.

Both squads took three shots on frame, with junior Jonathon Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) taking two of them for the Crusaders and senior Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) adding the other attempt on goal.  Redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made two saves in goal for Valpo, while his counterpart, Jordan Godsey, made three stops for Northern Illinois (4-0-0).

"All we can do now is keep fighting and pushing," said Avery.  "But I'm convinced after talking to our guys following the game we're going to do just that.  We'll be ready to go on Sunday against a good Northwestern team.  We've been playing very well so far this year, and it would be nice to see some of the results fall our way.  But we're sure that if we keep working, the results will eventually fall our way."

Valparaiso (1-2-1) concludes play at the NIU adidas Invitational on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., taking on Northwestern.  Live stats for Sunday’s contest are available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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 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
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
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