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Schwarz Matches Career Shutout Record as Valpo Blanks UNLV, 1-0
Ryan Schwarz matched Valpo's career shutout record Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Schwarz matched Valpo's career shutout record Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Valparaiso goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) matched the Crusader career shutout record with his 14th clean sheet, while newcomer Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) found the back of the net in the waning minutes to give the Valpo men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over UNLV at the UNLV Nike Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. to open the season Saturday.

“This was a very difficult game to open the season,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery. “UNLV was a good opponent and gave us a number of different problems to solve. I am proud of our players for figuring out a way to deal with the heat and deal with UNLV to come out with the win.”

Schwarz tied current Valpo assistant coach Jeff Oleck for the shutout record by holding the Rebels scoreless on Saturday. The fifth-year senior made six saves to earn the clean sheet, while also getting help from the woodwork on a couple of UNLV shots. It marked the second straight season that Schwarz has started the year with a shutout.

“A number of Ryan's saves today were of the routine variety, but he definitely came up with a couple of big saves,” said Avery. “There was one fantastic save that we've just come to expect from him. Ryan really earned his keep today, it was another really good performance from him.”

Meanwhile, the Crusaders would need just one goal to earn the victory, and despite being credited with just six shots to UNLV's 15, made an attempt on goal in the 88th minute count. Senior midfielder Jake Freisinger (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) played a through ball that Shabtay, in his first regular season match as a Crusader, ran onto between two defenders to break through alone on goal. The junior-college transfer then moved around UNLV (0-1-0) netminder Simon Cook and took advantage of the empty frame for the deciding tally.

“Guy had a great finish to put the game in our favor,” said Avery. “It was a well-deserved, very hard-fought win for our side and a great way to start the season. We played everyone we had available today and we definitely needed every single person, dealing with these conditions. With the heat and the travel, there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong. But fortunately everyone put in a good shift on the pitch, we grinded it out and found a goal for the win.”

Valparaiso (1-0-0) closes play at the UNLV Invitational on Monday with a mid-morning match local time match against UC Riverside, which defeated Alabama A&M 5-0 on Saturday. The fixture will start at 12:30 p.m. CDT, with live stats available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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
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
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
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo