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Crusaders Battle Back to Earn Draw
Jesse Ortiz and the Crusaders battled for 110 minutes
Jesse Ortiz and the Crusaders battled for 110 minutes
Valparaiso (0-0-2)
at
North Florida (1-0-1)
9/1/2013 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 324
1st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Valparaiso01001
North Florida10001
Scoring
UNF15:54MORRELL, Alex
VALPO75:28VELASQUEZ, Julio (VERVYNCKT, Todd , GANDARILLA, Jacob)
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOSERRATORE, Tom110:0015
UNFSIENKIEWICZ, Brad110:0015
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUNF
Shots (on Goal)13 (6)10 (6)
Saves55
Offsides42
Corner Kicks74
Fouls1522
Yellow Cards24
Red Cards11

Sunday, September 01, 2013

With little turnover between games, the Crusader men were back in action Sunday afternoon to take on the North Florida Ospreys.  Having played 110 minutes in hot, humid Jacksonville weather on Friday night, the Crusaders again found themselves going the distance in the hot Florida weather, as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw.

“First off, we want to congratulate North Florida on getting a result today and collecting their tournament championship with the tie,” said head coach Mike Avery.  “It was a hard game for us - the heat and humidity and having played heavy minutes on Friday night made it a difficult challenge for our guys.” 

Taking advantage of the heavy legged Crusaders, the Ospreys went up in the 16th minute of play as Alex Morrell was able to make his way through the Valpo defense and find the back of the net.  Heavy legs or not, the Crusaders put themselves in a tough spot early on in the game. 

Being a team that has already overcome tough challenges in this young season, the Crusaders were able to dig in and work themselves in the game.  The rest of the first half saw Valpo take 7 shots, forcing the Osprey goalkeeper to make 4 critical saves.  Aside from giving up the early goal, the first half was played evenly between the two teams.

After surviving a brief scare early on in the second half with an Osprey header hitting the post, the Crusaders settled into the half and put their mark on the game.  Keeping the ball and building through solid possession, Valpo kept the Osprey defense busy; earning 4 corner kicks. The breakthrough finally came in the 76th minute with Julio Velasquez (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola) scoring his first career goal as a Crusader.  Velasquez picked an opportune time for his first career goal, as his tally leveled the contest at 1-1. 

Collecting a ball served into the penalty area, Velasquez showed great skill in controlling the ball and placing it out of reach of a diving Osprey goalkeeper.  Credited with the assist was Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and Jacob Gandarilla (Albuquerque, N.M./Shattuck-St. Mary’s [Minn.]), his first career assist as a Crusader.  Valpo was able to create two additional chances late in the half but were unable to finish either. 

With neither team able to break the 1-1 deadlock, the game would be sent into two overtime periods.  Valpo held the better of play in overtime, but were unable to the find the chance that would put them ahead.  The game would end in 1-1 draw, moving the Crusaders to 0-0-2 on the season.

“I thought we played much better today than we did on Friday and I thought in some ways we were a little bit unlucky not to get more out of the game,” said Avery.  “We still need to continue to add some things and keep growing through the season, but these early challenges we faced this weekend will really help us down the road.”

Head Coach Mike Avery added this following the game -

“I apologize to my players and to my staff for letting a referee decision that I didn’t agree with turn into something much more than that.  It was a minor thing that I turned into a major thing.  I am trying to teach my guys discipline and I didn’t show them any in that moment.  For that, I apologize to everyone involved.”

The Crusaders will be back on the road this upcoming weekend as they travel to Michigan to take part in the Grizzly/Spartan Crossover Tournament.  Valpo begins its conference play on Friday, September 6th, facing Horizon League newcomer, the Oakland Grizzlies.  The Crusaders will finish off the weekend against the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday, September 8th.

 

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
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)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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