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Crusader Men Drop 1-0 Decision in Non-League Action at WIU
Brendan Roth put a pair of shots on frame in the waning seconds Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Brendan Roth put a pair of shots on frame in the waning seconds Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (4-4-2,1-0-1)
at
Western Illinois (6-4-1,1-0-0)
10/2/2011 | Macomb, Ill. | Attendance: 135
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso000
Western Illinois101
Scoring
WIU43:16GONZALEZ, Diego (MENGISTU, Ebenezer , CARLSON, Matt)
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0013
WIURYAN, Andy90:00011
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWIU
Shots (on Goal)25 (11)11 (4)
Saves311
Offsides11
Corner Kicks87
Fouls1015
Yellow Cards01

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Valparaiso outshot former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois 25-11 Sunday afternoon and put 11 shots on goal, but it was the homestanding Leathernecks who found the back of the net late in the first half for the game’s lone goal, as the Crusaders fell 1-0 in Macomb, Ill.

“We knew today would be a difficult game, especially coming off a really hard game on Friday night and then a long trip,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “So we changed a few things in our lineup today to try to create more energy, and for the most part it worked pretty well.  I thought our guys played well; we carried a lot of the game and really dominated in the number of shots and chances.  Western Illinois is a good team and have a lot of good attacking players, and for the most part, we held those players in check.  While we’re disappointed with the result, I do think we had a good performance today, and we also got through it with no injuries and no cards.”

Valpo started to pepper the Leatherneck defense early and often on Sunday, tallying 13 first half shots, six of which were on goal, and also earning six corner kick opportunities.  But the Crusaders were unable to finish any of their opportunities, and Western Illinois eventually cracked the scoreboard first in the 44th minute of play.  A centering pass from Ebenezer Mengistu found the feet of Diego Gonzalez, who knocked it just underneath the crossbar for his second goal of the season.

Despite the halftime deficit, the Crusaders continued to push forward and put pressure on Western Illinois (6-4-1), looking for the equalizer in the last 45 minutes.  Valpo registered five shot attempts in the first 12+ minutes of the second half and then got a couple efforts on frame midway through the half, both of which were stopped by WIU goalkeeper Andy Ryan.

Still trailing by a goal, Valpo had a couple late surges remaining in the last 10 minutes.  Kelvin Zelee (South Bend, Ind./John Adams [Indiana]) had an attempt turned away by Ryan in the 82nd minute, and then Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) put a shot wide in the 84th minute.  In the final 30 seconds, Roth had a shot knocked over the goal line by Ryan.  Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) quickly took the ensuing corner and got the ball back to Roth with just seconds remaining, but one more attempt by the senior was saved by Ryan.

10 different Crusaders had multiple shot attempts on the day, with Roth contributing five off the bench, three of which were on frame.  Valpo’s 11 shots on goal were all stopped by Ryan in the winning effort, while Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made three saves on Sunday.

“Given the fact we are starting to prepare for Wright State next weekend, which is more important in the grand scheme of things, we thought it was a good day for us today,” said Avery.  “Western Illinois’ goalkeeper had a very good day and kept them in the game.  I think they’re going to have a very good season, and I don’t think it’s a loss we should be ashamed of.  I was especially proud of the fact we kept fighting until the end, right down to the final seconds.”

Valparaiso (4-4-2) returns to Horizon League action on the road this coming Friday, Oct. 7, as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on current league leader Wright State.  Friday’s contest is slated to kick off at 6 p.m. CDT, with live video coverage via the Horizon League Network and live stats available 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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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