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Valpo Moves to Top of League Table With Win at Wright State
Jonathan Smith delivered the assist on the game's lone goal Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jonathan Smith delivered the assist on the game's lone goal Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (5-4-2, 2-0-1 Horizon)
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Wright State (6-4-1, 2-1 Horizon)
10/7/2011 | Wright State | Attendance: 929
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Valparaiso101
Wright State000
Scoring
VALPO37:45HAINES, Sam (SMITH, Jonathon )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0003
WSUFEEHAN, Craig90:0016
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWSU
Shots (on Goal)12 (7)9 (3)
Saves36
Offsides02
Corner Kicks35
Fouls1614
Yellow Cards11

Friday, October 07, 2011

Valparaiso moved to the top of the Horizon League standings, remaining unbeaten in league action, as a goal in the 38th minute by junior Sam Haines (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd) was the deciding strike in a 1-0 victory by the Crusaders over Wright State Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio.

“I thought it was a very mature road performance from our team tonight,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We’re really proud of the way the team handled the game, because it was a tough environment to play in.  Wright State has done a great job to draw huge crowds, and there’s just a lot going on, a lot of distractions around the park.  Our guys really stopped up in a number of different areas, stayed focused, and were just mature and showed experience tonight.”

The Crusaders had the better of play in the first half against the Raiders, tallying seven shot attempts to just two for Wright State.  Redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) had to make just one save in the first 45 minutes to keep WSU off the scoreboard, while Valpo made the most of its fourth shot on goal of the game.

Junior Jonathan Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) took a free kick from 30 yards out on the left side and bent it in over the defense into the box, where fellow Texas Haines was there to drive it inside the near post with a well-placed header.  For Haines, it was his first goal of the season and just the second of the junior’s career, while Smith picked up his second helper of the year.

With the goal advantage, the Crusaders maintained their trademark staunch defensive presence in the second half to keep the Raiders off the scoreboard.  Despite being out-shot in the final 45 minutes, 7-5, Valpo managed to place three shots on goal while giving up just two attempts on frame, both of which were stopped by Zobeck.  Wright State got the ball deep into the offensive end in the waning seconds in an attempt for the equalizer, but the Crusader defense was up to the challenge, keeping the Raiders off the board and securing the big league victory to go with the clean sheet.

“We felt like we were the better team on the night, and we were glad to get the goal and hold on,” said Avery.  “It got a little bit exciting at the end, but that's going to happen when you're only up a goal and playing against a good team.  Kyle had another great shutout, and I thought Stefan Antonijevic and Wei Ming Wong were both terrific in the middle of the back.  Probably the man of the match for us was Chadd Sult at left back; he had a terrific game both defensively and in the attack.”

Zobeck made three saves to earn the shutout, his Horizon League-best fifth of the season.  The junior has already tied his single-season high for clean sheets and is already tied for third in a single season in Crusader history in the category, while he also moved into a tie for third place with Aaron Rhame with 12 career shutouts.  Valpo, which out-shot Wright State (6-4-1, 2-1-0 Horizon) 12-9 on the night, put seven shots on goal, six of which were stopped by WSU netminder Craig Feehan.

Valparaiso (5-4-2, 2-0-1 Horizon) now has over two weeks off from Horizon League play and returns home to start a four-match homestand on Sunday with a noon kickoff against former Mid-Con rival Oral Roberts.  Live stats for Sunday’s game will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

“Now we've got a really quick turnaround, but we're excited to get home and to get to play six of our last eight at home,” said Avery.  “We’ve been on the road for what seems like forever, so we’re definitely excited to get back and play ORU on Sunday and then have a week off before Ohio State.  It’s nice that the team has a bit of a break from the league; it gives us a chance to recharge, refuel, and reenergize ourselves for the stretch run.”

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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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