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Valpo Men Earn Second Straight 1-0 Victory
Eric Nieto made his first career goal a match-winner Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Nieto made his first career goal a match-winner Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
IUPUI (1-5-1)
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Valparaiso (3-2-1)
9/16/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 415
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IUPUI000
Valparaiso011
Scoring
VALPO62:27NIETO, Eric (MILLER, Kevin )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
IUPUIKEEVER, Tyler90:0015
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0003
VALPOTEAM0:0001
Stats at a GlanceIUPUIVALPO
Shots (on Goal)7 (4)12 (6)
Saves54
Offsides24
Corner Kicks34
Fouls1712
Yellow Cards11

Friday, September 16, 2011

Returning home to Brown Field for the first time since the season opener, Valparaiso earned its second straight 1-0 victory Friday night, defeating IUPUI thanks to a strike in the 63rd minute from freshman Eric Nieto (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate).

“As a team, we played with heavy hearts tonight, because one of our players [Kevin Brown] lost his father this morning,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We're a really tight-knit group, and when one of our guys is struggling, we all feel it pretty strongly.  News like that makes us all step back, prioritize certain things and reevaluate what's really important.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin and his family.”

The decisive goal came as the second half approached the halfway point.  With the Crusaders taking a throw-in deep in the IUPUI half, junior Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) won the battle and possessed the ball inside the box.  Miller knocked the ball back towards the midfield, where Nieto corralled it and let loose a strike from 30 yards out that stayed along the ground and hit the back of the net, just inside the left-hand post.  For Nieto, it marked his first collegiate goal, while Miller now leads the Crusaders with three assists on the season.

While that would be the Crusaders’ only goal, they had a number of other opportunities, ending the night with 12 shot attempts.  Six of Valpo’s attempts were on goal, as seniors Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) and Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) each put a pair on frame in addition to two from Nieto.  IUPUI (1-5-1) goalkeeper Tyler Keever made five saves to hold the Crusaders to just the one marker.

Meanwhile, IUPUI’s best chances at a potential goal came early and late.  In the seventh minute, Matt Guy ran down a long lead pass parallel to a Crusader defender and ran in on goal, but Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) came out nicely to cut down the angle and eventually turned away Guy’s shot attempt. 

Then, with time winding down, the Jaguars pushed forward looking for the equalizer.  With plenty of bodies in the box, a cross was headed by Ryan Robinson, aimed inside the right-hand post.  But junior Jonathon Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) was there to clear the ball off the line and maintain the Crusaders’ clean sheet.  Zobeck ended up making three saves in his second straight shutout.

Valparaiso (3-2-1) hits the road Sunday for a 1 p.m. CDT match at Western Michigan.  Live stats for the Crusaders’ showdown with the Broncos will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
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Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
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Apr 17 No Team Score
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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)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
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Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
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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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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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)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
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May 2
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May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3
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May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
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