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Valpo Men Fall at Milwaukee
Todd Vervynckt pulled Valpo back within one on a penalty kick. (Avery Webster Davis)
Todd Vervynckt pulled Valpo back within one on a penalty kick. (Avery Webster Davis)
Valparaiso (5-8-5, 2-2-3 HL)
at
Milwaukee (8-7-2, 2-3-2 HL)
11/3/2012 | Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 414
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso011
Milwaukee112
Scoring
UWM37:56NEUMANN, Kyle (BELL, Laurie )
UWM52:25BELL, Laurie (DAVEY, Lucas )
VALPO73:54VERVYNCKT, Todd
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0023
UWMSHAKON, John90:0015
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUWM
Shots (on Goal)16 (6)9 (5)
Saves35
Offsides00
Corner Kicks65
Fouls1815
Yellow Cards43

Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Valparaiso men's soccer team closed out the 2012 regular season on Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., falling to Milwaukee by a 2-1 final.  The Crusaders will open the Horizon League Championship as the fourth seed in a re-match with the Panthers at Brown Field on Tuesday.

“Congratulations to Milwaukee – they knew that they had to win to get in the tournament, and they played with the appropriate energy to do that,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “They were certainly more aggressive than we were to start the game.  We had a couple chances against the run of play, but the first half was really all them.”

The Panthers cracked the scoreboard first late in the first half, enabling them to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room.  In the 38th minute, Laurie Bell took a free kick deep in Valpo territory from the right sideline and sent it into the middle of the box.  Kyle Neumann got up and headed the ball inside the right-hand post to give Milwaukee the advantage.

Milwaukee struck again early in the second half to go ahead by two, as Bell headed in a goal from the top of the box following a service from Lucas Davey.  Valpo, which owned a 12-4 shot advantage in the second half, had a number of chances, hitting a crossbar in the 64th minute and then pulling a goal back in the 74th minute on a penalty kick from Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth), as the junior placed the spot kick in the lower-right corner.  The Crusaders had a pair of corner kicks and a trio of shots in the final six minutes looking for the equalizer, but couldn't find the back of the net.

“We started to get back into the game in the second half,” said Avery.  “Milwaukee scored a nice goal to go up 2-0, but I'm proud of our guys and the way they responded.  We didn't give up, and really played our best down 2-0.  We were able to pull one back and had a lot of other good chances to tie the game.  The good news is that we get another chance at Milwaukee pretty quickly, so we'll use this and prepare ourselves as well as we can for Tuesday.”

Valpo ended the night with a 16-9 advantage in shots on Milwaukee (8-7-2, 2-3-2 Horizon), and put six shots on goal to the Panthers' five.  Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) stopped three shots for the Crusaders, while John Shakon made five saves in goal for Milwaukee.

Valparaiso (5-8-5, 2-2-3 Horizon) hosts the Panthers at Brown Field on Tuesday at a game time to be announced in a Horizon League Championship quarterfinal.  The two sides previously met at Brown Field in the league tournament back in 2009 in a Crusader victory.

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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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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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