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Crusader Men's Soccer Hits Road for Final Regular Season Trip
Jake Freisinger notched his first career goal on Sunday.
Jake Freisinger notched his first career goal on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Weekly Game Notes

Valparaiso at Green Bay - Thursday, Oct. 23 - 7 p.m.  [Live Stats]
Valparaiso at Michigan State - Sunday, Oct. 26 - 1:30 p.m. CDT  [Live Stats]

This Weekend’s Action: After snapping a four-game losing streak with a win over IPFW on Sunday, the Crusaders will look to gain momentum as they enter their final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Green Bay for a key Horizon League meeting Thursday night before facing off at Michigan State on Sunday.

The Matchups: Green Bay holds an 8-1-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Crusaders, and defeated Valpo on Sept. 26, 2007 at Eastgate Field, 1-0, in the squads’ last meeting.  The Phoenix’s JC Banks headed a ball home in the 81st minute for the match’s only goal.  Ryan Schwarz made four saves in net for the Crusaders.

Michigan State is 9-1-1 all-time versus Valpo, but the Crusaders earned a hard-fought 1-1 (2ot) draw on Oct. 21, 2007 in the last meeting.  The Spartans, who entered the match ranked among the nation’s top-20 teams, struck less than 30 seconds into the game, but Steve Shively put home the match-tying goal in the 28th minute with assists from Adrian Ortiz and Ken Perkins.  Schwarz stopped eight shots, including a number of sprawling saves late in the second half, to preserve the tie for Valpo.

Recapping Last Week:  Goals in the first and 90th minute book-ended the match for Valpo, which got the eventual match-winner from Steve Shively less than two minutes into the second half as the Crusaders defeated IPFW on Sunday at Eastgate Field, 3-1.  Zack Stivers put Valpo ahead just 47 seconds into the match, but the Mastodons notched a tally right before the half.  Shively found the back of the net in the 47th minute off a corner by Vasilios Kyriakopoulos to give Valpo the lead for good, and Jake Freisinger added an insurance marker with just 12 seconds to play.  Kyle Zobeck made seven stops in net for the Crusaders.

Following the Crusaders: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) will  not be broadcasting either of this weekend’s road matches.  Links for live statistics for both matches will be available at www.valpoathletics.com, however.  WVUR is slated to broadcast nine Crusader men’s soccer matches this season, while live stats for all Valpo home matches and select road matches can be accessed through the official Valparaiso athletics website.

Striking Quickly: The Crusaders were playing from ahead just 47 seconds into the match Sunday, a luxury they have not been afforded often at all.  Zack Stivers’ goal was the first time in at least a decade for the Crusader men’s soccer program that Valpo got on the board in the first minute of play.

Another Match-Winner:
Junior forward Steve Shively has made it a habit throughout his three seasons of finding ways to score match-winning goals for the Crusaders, and did it again on Sunday, positioning himself perfectly on a corner kick and re-directing the ball into the net.  For Shively, it was his fourth goal of the season and his second match-winner, giving him 13 career markers, seven of which have been of the match-winning variety.

Close Games: Through 14 matches in 2008 to date, Valpo has seen the final margin be two goals or fewer on 13 occasions, with the only outlier being a 3-0 victory over Western Michigan.  The games have gotten even closer in Horizon League play as well, as four of Valpo’s first five league contests have been ties or decided by just one goal.

Career First:
Sophomore midfielder Jake Freisinger found the back of the net Sunday with just 12 seconds to play for his first career goal.  Freisinger became the tenth different Crusader to score a goal this year and the fifth Valpo player to register their first career tally in a Crusader kit.

Taking to the Field Every Time Out: Seven members of the Crusader roster have taken to the pitch in all 14 of Valpo’s matches in 2008.  On the back line, freshman goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck has played every minute of every match in net for the Crusaders this year.  In front of him, defenders Andrew Stewart and Ken Perkins have been on the field for all 14 matches.  Stewart is the only Crusader to start all 14 matches besides Zobeck, and now has started 61 times during his career.  Also appearing in every match have been midfielders J.J. Del Castillo, Jake Freisinger and Adrian Ortiz, and forward Oscar Lomeli.

Picked Sixth: Valpo has been projected to finish sixth in the Horizon League this year by the league’s head coaches.  UIC was a unanimous choice to win the league title, followed by Green Bay, Loyola, Butler and Milwaukee.  The Crusaders were trailed by Wright State, Detroit and Cleveland State in the polling.

Tournament Teams Highlight Schedule: Four of Valpo’s 18 opponents on the 2008 slate reached the NCAA Tournament last season.  The Crusaders have already downed the first two such opponents they have faced, defeating DePaul (1-0) on Aug. 31 and #25/RV Bradley (1-0), which advanced to the 2007 Elite Eight, on Sept. 12.  Later this year, Valpo will play at Michigan State before welcoming UIC, which also reached the Elite Eight last season, to Eastgate Field on October 31.

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. 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