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Despite Being Reduced to 10 Men, Valpo Preserves Draw
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8/30/2013 | Jacksonville Fla. | Attendance: 271
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Shots (on Goal)8 (1)19 (8)
Saves81
Offsides32
Corner Kicks46
Fouls1613
Yellow Cards42
Red Cards10

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Crusader men posted a 0-0 draw Friday night in Jacksonville, despite being a man down for the final 23 minutes of regulation and the duration of overtime.  Although the team was unable to walk away with the result that they had hoped for, head coach Mike Avery was pleased with the fight and attitude his team showed.

“I’m proud of the guys tonight,” said Avery. “I didn’t think it was our best performance in terms of sharpness. I thought we had some heavy legs, maybe from the travel or maybe from the weather, but at the end of the day I thought we showed a lot of spirit and a lot of fight. Under some pretty difficult conditions we were able to grind out a result.”

Playing with heavy legs indeed, Valpo was unable to develop any type of rhythm during the first half of play; as a result, the Crusaders struggled to keep the ball and were outshot by the Dolphins 6 to1.

The second half, however, saw the Crusaders settle into the remainder of the game nicely, as the team was able to hold onto the ball and build an attack. This led to Valpo creating several quality chances early in the period. Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar), Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill/West Aurora), Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind. /Plymouth), and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica/Excelsior) each took shots for the Crusaders. The team also earned two corner kicks, but could not convert on either chance. Although the Crusader attack was unable to produce a goal, Avery recognizes that it takes time.

"We have to build some pieces into the attack but it’s early in the season and we’re still trying to figure some things out,” said Avery.

The run of play continued to favor Valpo until a Crusader player was sent off for a “high elbow” in the 67th minute of play. Forced to play a man down for the remainder of the contest, the Crusaders relied on a defense that very rarely concedes goals. Tonight was no different, as a rebuilt back line limited the amount of quality chances from the Dolphins.  Yannick Iwunze (Paris, France/Hightower [Tex.] H.S.), Mitch Albrecht (Batavia, Ill/Batavia), Adrian Graham (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College), and Lawrence anchored the back line. The Valpo defense would bend, but never break. 

Redshirt junior, Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill. /Andrew) did well to earn his first career shutout, as the Crusader goalkeeper was tested early and often Friday night.  Each of Serratore's 8 saves were vital in keeping the Crusaders level with the Dolphins, but none was more important than the effort seen in the 97th minute and first period of overtime. With a free kick awarded to the Dolphins just outside of the Crusader penalty area, Serratore extended to make a superb diving save on a ball that seemed certain to find the back of the net.  

“I think one of the biggest question marks coming into the season was how our back four was going to be rebuilt and how  we were going to replace a goalkeeper like Kyle Zobeck who is now playing in the MLS,” said Avery. “Fortunately, Tom Serratore was unbelievable tonight - he made two or three fantastic saves tonight - and we’ve got Nico Campbell, another really good goalkeeper, on the sideline waiting his turn. Tonight we showed that we have a very strong back line and great goalkeeping.  I think we’re going to be just as good as we’ve been in the past and maybe even better down the road, in how we defend and keep teams out of the goal.”

The Crusaders (0-0-1) look to build off of this result, as the team is back in action this Sunday (September, 1), to take on the North Florida Ospreys.  The contest is scheduled for a noon kickoff.  While live stats for the game will not be available, fans can keep up with all of the action by following @VUMSO on Twitter.  

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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
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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
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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
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May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo