October 11, 20161st2ndFinal
Western Michigan011
WMU49:55BYE, Brandon (JIMENEZ, Edu )
VALPO59:30LAWRENCE, Omar (THOMAS, Suleiman )
VALPO81:52ANDERSON, Kendan (MADRID, Isaiah )
WMUSHEPHERD, Drew90:0021
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWMU
Shots (on Goal)7 (3) 7 (1)
Corner Kicks24
Yellow Cards20
Crusaders Come From Behind, Knock Off Western Michigan
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Crusaders Come From Behind, Knock Off Western Michigan
Omar Lawrence scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's victory over Western Michigan.

Fresh off cracking the NSCAA Great Lakes Region rankings for the first time this season, the Valparaiso University men’s soccer completed a favorable day with a 2-1 road win over Western Michigan in a battle of two regionally-ranked sides. The Crusaders, ranked 10th in the Great Lakes Region, rallied from a goal down to defeat the eighth-ranked Broncos on Tuesday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.

How It Happened

  • Kendan Anderson (Portmore, Jamaica / St. George’s College [South Florida / ASA College]) converted a one-on-one with Western Michigan goalkeeper Drew Shepherd in the 82nd minute to give the Crusaders their first lead of the match. Isaiah Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado [Florida Gulf Coast]) earned the assist by threading the ball through the defense to set the stage for Anderson, who fired a hard, low shot past Shepherd.  
  • The Crusaders took full advantage of their first corner kick of the match in the 60th minute as Suleiman Thomas (Chicago, Ill. / Lake Forest Academy) sent the corner to the far post and Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica / Excelsior) headed it in. Shepherd tried to come out for the ball, but there was heavy traffic near the goal.
  • The Broncos scored their goal in the 50th minute when Edu Jimenez sent a pass toward the far six-yard area off a set piece from 40 yards out, and Western Michigan’s Brandon Bye jumped above a defender and headed it inside the near post.
  • The goal was the only shot on goal of the match for the Broncos. Each team registered seven total shots, and the Crusaders placed three on goal.

Inside the Match

  • Anderson now has three goals in five matches this season for Valpo. He ranks second on the team behind only Isaiah Madrid in both goals and points (8).
  • Anderson has scored the match-winning goal in three of the five games he’s played in a Valpo uniform.
  • Thomas’s assist was the second of his career and his first since Nov. 1, 2014, a match at Green Bay during his sophomore season.
  • The victory allowed the Crusaders to extend their unbeaten streak to six. They need to go two more matches without a loss to equal the longest unbeaten streak in program history, which came last season.

Thoughts from Head Coach Mike Avery

“It was a very difficult game for a lot of reasons. Both teams were careful with normal lineups as everyone starts to deal with card accumulation worries and a lot of mileage on the legs and minds. Afternoon midweek games out of conference also have a slightly different energy than a Saturday night league battle. Still, WMU is one of the best teams on our schedule and to come from behind and beat them on the road is a great accomplishment.

We are excited now to get up to Green Bay for Saturday's game. We are in a good spot in the league race, but our first focus is to finish top six and qualify for the playoffs. A win Saturday would go a long way toward that first goal.”

Next Up

The Crusaders (7-2-3, 3-0-2) continue a stretch of four straight matches away from Brown Field when they visit Green Bay on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. The Crusaders enter the conference match in first place in the Horizon League. A link to live stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.