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Evansville Defeats Valpo, 4-0
Paul Leitelt registered one of Valpo's three shots on goal Sunday.
Paul Leitelt registered one of Valpo's three shots on goal Sunday.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Box Score

Valparaiso played Evansville to a scoreless tie in the first half of action Sunday in Evansville, Ind., but the Purple Aces exploded for four second-half goals to down the Crusaders, 4-0.

“I’ve got to give credit to Evansville for playing a great second half,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “Our young guys are still learning about the rigors of college soccer.  Playing three of our first four games on the road, and spending eight out of the last 14 days traveling to play, wears on you physically.  We had no legs today, especially in the second half, and with as many road games as we play this year, we have to figure out ways to compete even when we’re tired.”

The first half saw the Crusaders take four shots to Evansville’s nine.  Mario Diaz (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel [South Suburban]) was the only Valpo player to get a shot on frame in the opening 45 minutes, while Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) turned away three shots by the Purple Aces in the first half to keep the game a scoreless tie.

Ian McAuley put Evansville on the board early in the second half off of a feed from Kieran Purcell.  Mike Luttrull took a pass from Dan Gibson in the 73rd minute to give the Purple Aces a 2-0 lead, while Dustin Awe and Stephan Minyono added insurance tallies for Evansville in the latter stages of the second half for the final margin.

Schwarz stopped six shots out of the 10 Evansville (2-2-0) put on goal, while Purple Aces keeper Alec Dufty stopped three shots while playing just under 80 minutes.  Diaz ended the game with two shots on goal for Valpo, while Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) also put a shot on frame.

Valparaiso (1-3-0) continues a four-game road trip next weekend with two more contests away from home.  The Crusaders will face DePaul in Chicago on Friday afternoon before kicking off the Horizon League slate against Loyola at Toyota Park, home of the MLS’ Chicago Fire, on Sunday afternoon.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler