forward Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North
Central) recorded the second multi-goal game of his career, putting Valparaiso up 2-0 at the half, but Wright
State responded with three unanswered
tallies, including the match-winner less than two minutes into overtime, as the
Crusaders fell to the Raiders 3-2 Sunday evening in Dayton, Ohio.
Shively, who entered the evening’s
contest still looking for his first goal of the year, put the Crusaders on the
scoreboard in the sixth minute. The
senior gained possession of the ball inside the box, played it off of a Wright State
defender and beat Raider netminder Aaron Ritter from just off the goal line to
put Valpo ahead 1-0.
forward then picked up his second goal of the game in the 26th
minute to give the Crusaders a two-goal edge.
initial shot was saved by Ritter, but the rebound came right back to the
senior, who beat Ritter from ten yards out for his second goal of the
game. It was Shively’s
first multi-goal game since finding the back of the net twice against Western Michigan on Sept. 21, 2008. The markers were the 14th and 15th
of his career, leaving him just one tally shy of breaking into Valpo’s all-time
top-ten in the category.
Crusaders maintained their two-goal advantage until early in the second half,
when in the 48th minute, Jason Kercher released a shot that Valpo
goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan
Catholic) saved. But the rebound went to
the Raiders’ Brad Bamberger, who found the back of the net to cut the lead to
score would remain the same throughout the next forty minutes, as Valpo closed
in on what would have been its second league victory of the season. But in the 88th minute, WSU
reserve goalkeeper Corey Whisenhunt launched a kick deep downfield that Braden
Fleak took control of and found the back of the net from eight yards out to tie
the match and send it to overtime. Then,
just 88 seconds into overtime, Fleak found himself on a breakaway off a feed
from Joe Flach and scored the golden goal to complete the Raiders’ comeback.
held a 10-7 advantage in the shots category over Wright State
(2-6-1, 1-2-1 Horizon), but the Raiders put five shots on net to the Crusaders’
four. Schwarz made two saves in goal for
Valpo, while Whisenhunt had to stop just one shot over the final 55 minutes to
earn the victory.
Valparaiso (4-5-1, 1-1-1 Horizon) will look to get back on
track in the final game of a three-game road swing on Tuesday, as the Crusaders
step out of league play to face Bowling
is slated for 2 p.m. CDT, and live stats will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.