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Crusader Men Suffer First Loss at #12 Tulsa
Valparaiso (2-1-3)
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#12 Tulsa (5-1-1)
9/20/2013 | Tulsa, Okla. | Attendance: 313
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso000
Tulsa134
Scoring
TLS14:12CUMINGS, Kyle (BARRETT, Akeil )
TLS63:13BARRETT, Akeil (MATA, Cristian )
TLS64:32MATA, Omar
TLS78:10MATA, Cristian (SAARI, Ray )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOSERRATORE, Tom90:0043
TLSMCGUIRE, Jake90:0001
Stats at a GlanceVALPOTLS
Shots (on Goal)4 (1)18 (7)
Saves31
Offsides21
Corner Kicks26
Fouls76
Yellow Cards10

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tulsa, the #12 team in the country, was able to take a 1-0 lead over Valpo in the 15th minute of play on a Crusader error and would not look back.  The Golden Hurricane would go on to score three additional goals to hand the Crusaders their first loss of the season.

“We were definitely second best on the night; Tulsa is ranked #12 in the country and looked every bit that good tonight so you have to congratulate them,” said head coach Mike Avery.  “To be fair, I thought it was a performance by us that left a little bit to be desired.”

Valpo looked sharp early on in the match, earning a corner kick after a good spell of possession in the 10th minutes of the match.   The Crusaders were unable to make anything of the early chance, however.  Minutes later, the Golden Hurricane was able to finish a chance of its own on a Kyle Cumings goal in the 15th minute.   The first half would end in a 1-0 Tulsa advantage.

The #12 Golden Hurricane would have the better of play in the second half.  Tulsa would continue to be opportunistic, capitalizing on mistakes made by the Crusaders.  The Gorden Hurricane would add goals from Akeil Barrett, Omar Mata, and Cristian Mata to make the score 4-0.  The Crusaders were able to create chances late in the game with Nick Suker (Downers Grove, Ill./South) forcing the Tulsa goalkeeper to make a save and Julio Velasquez (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola) hitting a ball just wide of frame.

“I think we could look at a lot of different reasons why we had this result tonight – we had some tough travel yesterday, the numbers of road games we’ve been playing, and all those things,” said Avery.  “But at the end of the day what really happened was that we ran into the really tough Tulsa team and they made us pay for every mistake that we made.  That was really the story of the game; we were doing fine in the game and we made one error and they capitalized.  They capitalized on our mistakes and that’s what good teams are able to do.”

Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) came up with 3 saves on the night for the Crusaders.  Suker, Velasquez, Omar Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica/Excelsior), and Zev Taublieb (Malibu, Calif./Agoura) each took shots for the Crusaders.  With the result, Valpo moves to 2-1-3 on the season, with tonight’s game being the only blemish on what is an impressive starting record. 

“The good news is that it this loss only counts as one loss in the record, and the other really good news is that we get to play again on Sunday,” said Avery.  “Even though it’s a quick turnaround for our game and we’ve got some travel to get to Western Illinois for a game on Sunday, we’re excited to put this behind us and get back on the field and get going again.  We’re a lot better than we played tonight and we’ll show that come Sunday.  I think the guys will be ready for a good performance on Sunday.”

The Crusader men are back to work this Sunday as the team travels to Western Illinois (1-5-0) to take on the Leathernecks.  Live stats for Sunday’s match will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.  Stay connected to the team as they travel to Western Illinois by following @VUMSO on Twitter.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo