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Crusaders Fall at Duquesne, 2-1
Guy Shabtay assisted on Jaymie Bullard's goal Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Guy Shabtay assisted on Jaymie Bullard's goal Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (1-1-0)
at
Duquesne (2-0-0)
9/2/2011 | Pittsburgh, Pa. | Attendance: 325
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso011
Duquesne112
Scoring
DUQ40:56LANGE, Austin
VALPO45:14BULLARD, Jaymie (SHABTAY, Guy )
DUQ68:50PATRIZIO, Derek (GOMEZ, Simon )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0024
DUQTHORP, Colin90:0011
Stats at a GlanceVALPODUQ
Shots (on Goal)12 (2)14 (6)
Saves41
Offsides01
Corner Kicks25
Fouls619
Yellow Cards02

Friday, September 02, 2011

Junior Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) equalized for the Valparaiso men’s soccer team just 14 seconds into the second half of play Friday night in Pittsburgh, Pa., but Duquesne knocked home the eventual match-winner in the 69th minute for a 2-1 victory in the Crusaders’ first match at the Duquesne Invitational.

“This was a really good game for us tonight at this point in the season; it was exactly what we needed,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “A lot of good things came out of tonight, most notably the fact that our guys played hard against a very physical, tough team.  We did really well to try to match in the physical aspect of the game.  At this point in the season, you want to see a lot of different styles of play.  This was certainly a different style of play, one that we'll have to adapt to, and it was a great lesson for our side tonight.  Our goal for the season isn’t necessarily to go undefeated, but to become a better team and improve each time out.  I thought this was a great step in that direction.”

The first half looked like it would end scoreless as it hit the waning minutes, but the host Dukes got on the board first, scoring in the 41st minute.  Austin Lange was able to beat Valpo goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) to a loose ball and tapped it into the back of an open net to give Duquesne the 1-0 lead at the break.

But once the second half got under way, it took just 14 seconds for the Crusaders to equalize.  Kelvin Zelee (South Bend, Ind./John Adams [Indiana]) played a long ball from the right-back position into the attacking half, where Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) corralled it.  Shabtay knocked it in Bullard’s direction, where the junior took an excellent one-touch strike that found the back of the net to level the contest.

Unfortunately for the Crusaders, it would be Duquesne which found the back of the net for the match-winner, as Derek Patrizio scored off an assist from Simon Gomez in the 69th minute.  Valpo had quality scoring opportunities in an attempt to knot things up yet again, most notably in the 79th minute, when Shabtay and Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) both had efforts rattle off the crossbar, but the Dukes held firm to earn the victory.

Duquesne (2-0-0) held a narrow 16-14 shot advantage over the Crusaders, and put six efforts on frame to Valpo’s two.  Zobeck made four stops in goal for the Crusaders, while counterpart Colin Thorp made one save to pick up the win.

“We got a heroic effort out of Zobeck tonight,” said Avery.  “He’s been in bed sick all week, didn’t train once, and we didn’t know if he would be able to play tonight.  He came in there on a really hot and humid night and did his normal amazing job in goal.”

Valparaiso (1-1-0) closes out action at the Duquesne Invitational on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CDT, when the Crusaders take on Pittsburgh.  Live stats for the game can be found at www.valpoathletics.com.

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Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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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)
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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)
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Apr 13 Valpo 7
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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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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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
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Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
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Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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