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Crusaders Fall to Green Bay in Foggy Battle
Chadd Sult placed a shot on goal late Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Chadd Sult placed a shot on goal late Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

On a foggy night in Green Bay, Wis., Valparaiso had a great number of chances at goal, including eight corner kicks in the second half, but couldn’t push the ball across the goal line as Green Bay earned the 1-0 victory Saturday evening.

“I thought the guys battled well tonight,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “It was a really hard night to play for both teams with as slick as the field was.  It rained all day and then the fog came in and sat on top.  It made for a very difficult night to have a pretty soccer game.  It was more of a battle, and I thought our guys were up for it.”

Neither squad could push across a tally in the opening 45 minutes, with Green Bay holding a slight 6-4 advantage in shot attempts in the first half.  Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made a pair of saves in the opening half to keep the Phoenix off the scoreboard, while Ryan Wehking stopped Valpo’s lone shot on goal in the first half as well.

It took until the 70th minute for a goal to be tallied, but it would be Green Bay’s All-American JC Banks who found the back of the net on one of his three shots on frame.  Banks corralled the ball near the top-right corner of the 18 and sent a sliding shot through a pair of Crusader defenders and inside the far post to give the Phoenix a 1-0 advantage.

“Banks is an All-American for good reason, and I think you saw it on that shot,” said Avery.  “Ultimately, it was their All-American having an All-American moment in a little individual moment of brilliance.”

Valpo still had a number of opportunities to pick up the equalizer, as four of its eight second-half corners came in the final 20 minutes.  Perhaps the best chance came off back-to-back corners in the 84th minute, but junior Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) saw his low shot through traffic smothered by Wehking.  Senior Jake Freisinger (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) had an effort go just left of the frame in the 85th minute, while senior Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) put a header on goal in the match’s waning seconds that was stopped by Wehking.

“We had a lot of chances that somehow didn't find the goal tonight,” said Avery.  “That's really been the story of our league season for us.   But we've said all along that you make your own luck and make your own breaks, and it just didn't go our way tonight.”

Wehking ended with four saves to earn the clean sheet, while Schwarz stopped five shots in the losing effort.  The fifth-year senior now has 287 career stops in net, tying Dan Naden for third in Crusader men’s soccer history in the category.  Green Bay (9-4-1, 4-2-0 Horizon) held an 18-11 edge in shot attempts, but the Crusaders had the 8-4 advantage on corners.

Valparaiso (7-7-2, 1-5-0 Horizon) closes out the regular season with a three-match homestand at Brown Field.  The homestand begins Halloween night, Sunday, Oct. 31 against UIC at 6 p.m.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.  The match will also have video available through the Horizon League Network.

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
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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