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Crusaders Earn Rainy Win Over Northern Illinois
Eric Nieto scored in the 13th minute Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Nieto scored in the 13th minute Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Northern Illinois (3-8-2)
at
Valparaiso (2-6-5)
10/17/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 109
1st2ndFinal
Northern Illinois011
Valparaiso202
Scoring
VALPO9:00BARDEN, Charles (AIDOUD, Jordan )
VALPO12:43NIETO, Eric (SUKER, Nick )
NIU61:47PRITCHARD, Matt (THORNTON, Parker )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
NIUGODSEY, Jordan90:0025
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0017
Stats at a GlanceNIUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)14 (8)12 (7)
Saves57
Offsides11
Corner Kicks43
Fouls1522
Yellow Cards12

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In a game played Wednesday night in driving rain at points, the Valparaiso men's soccer team made a pair of goals in the first 13 minutes stand up for a 2-1 victory in non-league play over Northern Illinois. The Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to four games with the win.

The Crusaders put the pressure on right from the outset Wednesday evening, earning a trio of corner kicks within the first two minutes and forcing NIU goalkeeper Jordan Godsey to make two early saves. The push forward early paid off just nine minutes into the contest as Valpo cracked the scoreboard. Junior Jordan Aidoud (L'Isled'Abeau, France/CEFAM) controlled the ball just over the midfield line and played a ball along the ground that junior Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) ran onto. With a defender on him, Barden moved in to the top-left corner of the box and then took an off-balance shot with his left foot that found the back of the net, just inside the right post.

Valpo added another goal to its side of the ledger less than four minutes later. Still controlling the majority of the game, sophomore Nick Suker (Downers Grove, Ill./South) lined up a shot from distance that ricocheted off an NIU defender. The rebound bounced directly to sophomore Eric Nieto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Louisville Collegiate [Ky.] H.S.), who struck a hard shot of his own from 30 yards that eluded Godsey to put the Crusaders ahead 2-0.

The Crusaders would carry the 2-0 lead into halftime, a break which became extended as a heavy downpour near the end of the period turned into lightning and thunder. The sides would eventually come back out for the second half just shy of an hour after the end of the first period.

Northern Illinois (3-8-2) came out a strong competitor for Valpo in the second half, tallying nine shot attempts, including six on goal. The Huskies pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute, as Parker Thornton played in Matt Pritchard past the last defender and Pritchard finished from 15 yards out. Crusader goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made five saves in the final 45 minutes to secure the win, including a extended effort in the air to deny Sean Totsch on a shot from distance in the 69th minute and a diving save in the 89th minute.

The Crusaders ended the night being out-shot for just the second time this year, as NIU finished with a 14-12 edge in the category. The Huskies placed eight shots on goal to Valpo's seven, while Zobeck ended the night with seven saves and Godsey five stops.

Valparaiso (2-6-5) returns to Horizon League play on Sunday afternoon at Detroit, as the Crusaders and Titans kick off at 2 p.m. CDT. Live stats for the fixture 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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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