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Crusader Men Suffer Defeat at Kentucky
Valparaiso (3-5-5)
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Kentucky (4-6-1)
10/16 | Lexington, Ky. | Attendance: 272
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso101
Kentucky022
Scoring
VALPO12:43NIETO,Eric (TAUBLIEB,Zev )
UK57:40Jacob Scearce (Matt Quick , Justin Laird)
UK64:08Sam Miller (Jacob Scearce , Justin Laird)
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOSERRATORE,Tom90:0023
UKJack Van Arsdale90:0011
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUK
Shots (on Goal)7 (2)15 (5)
Saves31
Offsides31
Corner Kicks33
Fouls76

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Playing without several key players, the Crusaders were able to strike first in their game at Kentucky, scoring in the 11th minute of the match. The one-nil lead would slip away in the second half, however, as the Wildcats were able score two unanswered goals midway through the second half. The Crusaders would battle back and create chances to level the game but were unable to find an equalizer. Kentucky would go on to take a 2-1 victory over Valpo.

“We want to congratulate Kentucky on their come-from-behind win tonight, they’re a good team and they have a beautiful venue,” said head coach Mike Avery. “It’s exciting to see another great soccer stadium being completed on a campus in this country. I really enjoyed the opportunity to travel down there to play tonight.”

“It’s a little disappointing for us. We’re a little banged up, playing without three of our top players, all seniors out with injuries, but we’re not unique in that,” said Avery. “Everyone goes through that at some point in the year, maybe not all at the same time, but it’s not an excuse in any way.” 

The Crusaders were able to withstand pressure early from the Wildcats, as Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) produced an important save in the early stages of the match. Kentucky’s Charlie Reymann was able to fire a shot headed for the far post but Serratore was able to make a diving save to keep the game level.

After the early scare, the Crusader men were able to settle into the game and move the ball. A good sequence of passes led to Eric Nieto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Louisville Collegiate [Ky.]) on the ball roughly 25 yards from goal. A clever touch gave Nieto just enough time and space to fire a shot on goal in the 11th minute of the match. Nieto’s strike proved to be a terrific one, as the ball traveled on a rope to the top left corner of the Wildcat goal. The goal, Nieto’s first of the season, put the Crusaders up 1-0 early. Zev Taublieb (Malibu, Calif./Agoura) assisted on the goal.

Two mistakes from the Crusaders led to two Kentucky goals early in the second half. In the 58th minute, the Wildcats were able to score off of a header that deflected into the Crusader goal. Serratore reacted to the header well, but the deflection put the ball out of reach. The Wildcats were able to produce the game winner minutes later in the 65th minute of play. Kentucky’s Sam Miller was able to score off of a cross after making a late run into the penalty area.

“I think we had some players step up in terms of the soccer, but I think we were missing a little bit of leadership on the field and I think it showed tonight,” said Avery. “Soccer is a game where you can’t really lead from the sidelines, you need players on the field to step up and take the reigns. I think in some cases we showed our naive nature a little bit with some of the guys - we rely on some senior leadership and we just don’t have it available right now.”

Down 2-1 late in the game, the Crusaders pressed hard for an equalizer. It appeared as if they had found it in 88th minute, but the effort from Jacob Unger (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) was blocked in the six-yard box while on its way toward goal. Kentucky would go onto win the game 2-1 to put the Crusaders at 3-5-5 on the season.

“All credit goes to Kentucky, they found a way to come from behind and figure out a way to break us down and get a couple of goals out of it,” said Avery. “The good news for us is that we’re going to get almost everybody back prior to our next game and I think we’ll finally be at full strength. Its been a while since we’ve been able to say that so we’re excited to take a little bit of a break and get ourselves right to see if we can put together a run at the end of the season starting with our game against UIC on the 25th.”

The Crusaders are back in action on Friday, October 25th, as the team hosts UIC in a crucial Horizon League match. The game vs. UIC also marks the fifth annual TOCO benefit match hosted by the Valparaiso men’s soccer program. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats for the match will be available through 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 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
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