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Valpo Draws With Pitt Sunday
Kevin Miller assisted on the Crusaders' tally against Pitt on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kevin Miller assisted on the Crusaders' tally against Pitt on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (1-1-1)
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Pitt (1-2-1)
9/4/2011 | Pittsburgh, Pa. | Attendance: 0
1st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Valparaiso01001
Pitt10001
Scoring
PITT20:02WROBEL, Nico
VALPO72:54VERVYNCKT, Todd (MILLER, Kevin )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle110:0013
PITTJOHNSTON, Lee110:0011
Stats at a GlanceVALPOPITT
Shots (on Goal)16 (2)11 (4)
Saves31
Offsides23
Corner Kicks101
Fouls816
Yellow Cards20

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Despite playing a goal down for the majority of the game Sunday, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team got the equalizer off the foot of sophomore Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) in the 73rd minute and went on to earn a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Big East foe Pittsburgh Sunday to conclude play at the Duquesne Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“This was a really good result for us today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “Obviously we wish we had won, and probably played well enough to have won, but to come back from down a goal on the road against a very tough, physical Pitt team who are well organized is a real challenge.  Our guys stood up to that challenge and I was proud of the way we handled that part of the day.  We played well today: we kept the ball nicely, had a lot of good possession and created a lot of good chances.”

Pitt opened the scoring on Sunday in the 21st minute of play, as a foul by the Crusaders in the area gave the Panthers an opportunity at a penalty kick.  Pitt’s Nico Wrobel stepped up and knocked home the spot kick to give his side a 1-0 lead.  Redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made a pair of first-half saves to hold the Panthers to just one goal, while despite six corner kicks, Valpo tallied just three total shots, none of which were on frame, in the opening 45 minutes.

Valpo started to pile the pressure on in the second half, firing nine shots in an attempt to tie the game.  An effort on   frame from junior Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) in the 62nd minute was turned away from Pitt goalkeeper Lee Johnston.  But 11 minutes later, the Crusaders put together a combination to find the back of the net.  Junior Stipo Zeba (Brookfield, Ill./Morton West) had possession in the attacking half and laid the ball off to junior Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias).  Miller played in Vervynckt behind Pitt’s backs, and the sophomore’s strike found its way inside the right post from 15 yards out for the equalizer, tying the game at one apiece. 

The Crusaders fired off five more shots in the remainder of the second half and the two 10-minute overtime sessions, while Pitt registered four shots of its own, but neither team could tally again as the contest ended in a draw.

Valpo owned a 16-11 advantage in the shots category over Pitt (1-2-1), but the Panthers put four shots on frame to the Crusaders’ two.  Zobeck made three saves, while Johnston made one stop.  The Crusaders also enjoyed a 10-1 edge in corner kicks.

“Over the course of the entire weekend, I feel we really grew up as a team,” said Avery.  “We played two physical teams, which will help us down the road as we prepare for some tough games in league play.”

Valparaiso (1-1-1) travels to its second tournament in as many weekends starting next Friday, Sept. 9, as the Crusaders take on host Northern Illinois at the NIU adidas Invitational.  The match is slated for a 5 p.m. start, with live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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