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Avelar Strikes Golden Goal as Valpo Downs Detroit
Gerardo Avelar scored the golden goal in the 98th minute Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Gerardo Avelar scored the golden goal in the 98th minute Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Detroit (4-6, 0-2 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (4-3-2, 1-0-1 Horizon)
9/30/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 312
1st2nd1OT Final
Detroit0202
Valparaiso1113
Scoring
VALPO40:16BARDEN, Charles (SULT, Chadd )
UDM58:50BEDELL, Adam (ROBINSON, Nate )
VALPO69:40SULT, Chadd (HAINES, Sam , BARDEN, Charles)
UDM85:09LEPERA, Pat (NEDWICKI, Matt )
VALPO97:33AVELAR, Gerardo
GoalkeepersMinGASv
UDMSHEPHERD, Anthony97:3338
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle97:3325
VALPOTEAM0:0001
Stats at a GlanceUDMVALPO
Shots (on Goal)12 (8)23 (11)
Saves86
Offsides10
Corner Kicks66
Fouls2612
Yellow Cards51
Red Cards10

Friday, September 30, 2011

Valparaiso remained unbeaten at Brown Field this year and improved to 1-0-1 in Horizon League play in dramatic fashion Friday night, as freshman Gerardo Avelar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio San Francisco) converted a strike from 35 yards out in the 98th minute to give the Crusaders a 3-2 (ot) victory over Detroit.

Avelar closed a night that saw the Crusaders score their greatest number of goals since the season opener with a sensational goal.  Late in the first overtime session, the freshman gained possession just to the right of midfield and carried in until unleashing a long strike in the air from distance.  The shot curled out of the reach of Detroit goalkeeper Anthony Shepherd and inside the upper-left 90 of the frame to give Valpo the three points on the evening.

“That was just a fantastic wonder strike from Gerardo in overtime,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We’re really proud of how he played tonight.”

Valpo earned the victory on Friday despite twice seeing Detroit (4-6-0, 0-2-0 Horizon) battle back from one-goal deficits.  The Crusaders got on the board first in the 41st minute, as after a shot from senior Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) was stopped by Shepherd, the rebound found its way to sophomore Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar), who slotted it home for his second goal of the year.  The Titans knotted the match at one in the 59th minute on an Adam Bedell goal from the right side of the box.

A combination play in the 70th minute off a restart put the Crusaders ahead yet again.  Barden sent the ball ahead to junior Sam Haines (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd), who flicked it in the air towards the goal, where Sult got his head on it for the go-ahead goal, his second of the season.  But Detroit tied the match late in the second half, as an 86th minute goal from Pat Lepera sent the game into overtime and set up Avelar’s heroics.

Valpo dominated the shot tally on Friday night, posting 23 shot attempts, 11 of which were on goal, to just 12 for Detroit.  Shepherd made eight saves in net for the Titans, while redshirt junior Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made five saves.  The Crusader back line also cleared away a shot on the goal line from the Titans in the 58th minute.  The physical battle saw 38 total fouls called, 26 of which were whistled on Detroit.

“There's a lot of mixed emotion about the game tonight,” said Avery.  “Whenever you lead twice and let a team come back and tie, you're not overjoyed with that kind of performance.  But you also have to give Detroit credit; they kept coming back, and then we have to be proud of our guys for being resilient and finding a way to win.  It wasn't a pretty game tonight, especially with the weather conditions, making it tough for our team to get our usual rhythm going, But in the end, we were able to keep fighting and came away with a key three points.”

Valparaiso (4-3-2, 1-0-1 Horizon) steps out of Horizon League play on Sunday to take on a former league rival, traveling to Western Illinois for a 1 p.m. kickoff.  Live stats for the game will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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