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Men's Soccer Shuts Out Santa Clara; Matches Best Start in Team History
Stefan Antonijevic netted the lone tally Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Stefan Antonijevic netted the lone tally Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Valparaiso matched its best start in program history with its third straight win to open the season, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) set a new team record with his 15th career shutout as the Crusaders defeated Santa Clara, 1-0, to open the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis. on Friday afternoon.

The 1-0 victory, which came courtesy of a tally by Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) in the 18th minute, was Valpo's third one-goal victory in as many games this season.  The victory moves the Crusaders to 3-0-0 for just the third time in program history, matching the 1987 and 2006 Valpo sides for the best start all-time.

“I'm excited about today's result, but I also know that there's a lot more in our team,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We have to continue to grow as a team, and hopefully we'll keep doing it through good results.  The most important thing is that we're primed for Horizon League play, because all our goals revolve around how we compete within our league, whether its regular season, tournament or advancing to the NCAA Tournament.”

Schwarz, who matched current Crusader assistant Jeff Oleck's career shutout record in the season opener at UNLV, needed just one more match to set the record.  The senior made three saves to earn the clean sheet, his sixth in his last seven starts dating back to last season.  Schwarz also now owns four straight shutouts over non-Horizon League foes.

Unlike their first two matches of the year, the Crusaders didn't wait until the final minutes to jump onto the scoreboard Friday.  Valpo was awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box and senior midfielder Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) sent it inside the six-yard box, where Antonijevic used his 6'6” frame to get up and head it in to give the Crusaders the 1-0 advantage.

“I thought that we were terrific in the first half,” said Avery.  “We opened the game very, very well and put Santa Clara under a lot of pressure.  Adrian played a great ball into the box that Stefan was there to finish for a well-earned goal.  Going into the half with the 1-0 lead was justified, and I felt we maybe were a bit unlucky not to be up more.”

While that would be the game's only marker, both sides had opportunities, as Valpo tallied 12 shot attempts and Santa Clara (1-2-0) registered nine shots.  Just three of Santa Clara's shots made it on frame, where Schwarz stopped all three attempts.  Meanwhile, the Crusaders put five shots on goal, forcing Bronco netminder Kevin Klasila to make four saves.

“The game was really a tale of two halves, because Santa Clara showed why they're such a good team in the second half,” said Avery.  “They put us under a tremendous amount of pressure, and I thought our backs and goalkeeper did a good job keeping them at bay to earn the win.  While it's nice to have a good start, it's even more important to keep growing as a group.  I am happy for the guys and hope we continue to play well as we take on a good side Sunday.”

Valparaiso (3-0-0) looks for the outright best start in team history on Sunday, when the Crusaders close play at Marquette against Florida Gulf Coast at 2:05 p.m.  Live stats for the match against the Eagles will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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