September 17, 20161st2ndFinal
VALPO65:54Ramone HOWELL (Isaiah MADRID )
BELMertcan AKAR90:0025
Stats at a GlanceVALPOBEL
Shots (on Goal)13 (7) 11 (4)
Corner Kicks46
Yellow Cards22
Men’s Soccer Takes All Three Points at Belmont Saturday
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Men’s Soccer Takes All Three Points at Belmont Saturday
Ramone Howell picked up the match-winning goal Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team went on the road to Belmont Saturday to continue Horizon League play and came home from Nashville with three points, as the Crusaders scored a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 victory over the Bruins.

How It Happened

  • The Crusaders put four shots on goal in the first half, out-shooting Belmont 6-4 over the opening 45 minutes, but the game went into halftime scoreless.
  • Valpo claimed the lead in the 59th minute, as senior Deven Mason (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [Virginia Tech]) played a cross into the box which met fellow senior Nelson Landaverde (Santa Ana, El Salvador/Springdale (Ark.) H.S. [Neosho County C.C.]). Landaverde tucked it away from in front of goal to give the Crusaders the 1-0 edge.
  • But Belmont equalized within the minute, as Nat Hubert connected on a free kick from straight on, just outside the 18-yard box.
  • The Crusaders found the match-winning goal in the 66th minute. Junior Ramone Howell (Portmore, Jamaica/Jamaica College) took a ball which was deflected in the area and knocked it in to give Valpo the 2-1 lead. Senior Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado [FGCU]) picked up the assist on the match-winner.
  • Valpo held the one-goal advantage through the end of 90 minutes, escaping trouble in the 83rd minute when the Bruins’ AJ Arnold hit the woodwork.

Inside the Game

  • Both Landaverde and Howell found the back of the net for the second time this season. Howell’s match-winner was the second-such goal of his career, both of which have come within Horizon League play.
  • Mason’s assist on the Crusaders’ first goal was his first point in a Valpo uniform.
  • Madrid recorded his second assist of the season and fourth of his career. Through just 23 career games, the senior has tallied 22 points.
  • Valpo ended the match with a slight 13-11 advantage in shots, including a 7-4 edge in efforts on frame. Senior Nico Campbell (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College) earned the win in goal, making three saves.

Thoughts From Head Coach Mike Avery

“We felt like we let a few points slip away at home last weekend and we were very determined to take a few road points back today. I was pleased with the performance overall, even if there are a few lessons we still haven't fully grasped. The team is growing, though, and sticking together in a tough road environment is an important part of that process.”

“We now get a bit of a fun change of pace with a game in the midweek at Ohio State before next weekend's big Horizon League game at Cleveland State. It's always an exciting challenge to visit a Big 10 campus, and I know we are all looking forward to our trip to Columbus.”

Next Up

The Crusaders (2-1-2, 1-0-1 Horizon) step out of league play as they continue their stretch of road fixtures with a Wednesday evening match at Ohio State. The game will be available live online on BTN Plus, while live stats will also be available via