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Bullard Scores Twice as Crusader Men Capture Season Opener
Jaymie Bullard became the first Crusader freshman since 2005 to score two goals in a game. (Ray Acevedo)
Jaymie Bullard became the first Crusader freshman since 2005 to score two goals in a game. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Freshman Jaymie Bullard (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) found the back of the net twice on Tuesday evening in his first career game, while Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) returned to the goalkeeper position for the first time since the 2007 campaign with a shutout as Valparaiso won its season opener over Eastern Illinois by a 2-0 count in Charleston, Ill.

The win marked the Crusaders' second straight win over the Panthers, coming in the last two season openers, after going 1-10-1 against EIU in the program's first 20 years.  Bullard’s pair of goals marked the first multi-goal game by a Crusader since Shively posted a pair of markers against Western Michigan last season on Sept. 21, and the first such game by a freshman since Paul Leitelt in 2005.

"Today was obviously a really good way to start the season," said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  "Eastern Illinois is a good side, and to come on the road to their place and get a good result is a really nice start for us."

The eventual match-winning goal came very early on, as just inside the fourth minute, Ken Perkins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) crossed a ball across the box from the right-hand side of the pitch.  Bullard was there to receive the pass and took what Avery called a "great strike, just a really well-taken goal" to put Valpo ahead by a 1-0 count.

That score would mark the game's only tally until the middle portion of the second half, when the Crusaders took control for good with a key insurance goal.  Senior Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) found Bullard in the middle of the box at point-blank range, and the freshman converted, putting the ball into the right side of the net for his second goal of the game.

"Jaymie was terrific for us today, not only on his two finishes, but he played very well over the course of the entire game," said Avery.  "His first goal gave us a lot of confidence, and we handled the game pretty well from that point on.  His second goal just put the game away for us."

Schwarz was stellar in his return to the pitch for the Crusaders after being forced to medically redshirt last season due to injury.  The redshirt junior made four saves in earning his seventh career shutout, tied for third-most in Crusader history.

"With Nick Lincoln (East Thetford, Vt./Kimball Union (N.H.) Academy) and Connor Cappelletti (Kent, Wash./Bob Jones (Ala.) H.S. [Wallace State C.C.]) playing next to each other in the back today, both making their D-1 debuts, we needed Ryan to come be big today, and he was," said Avery.  "Eastern is a very direct team, playing a lot of balls into the box, especially after we came out and took the lead early.  Ryan handled their pressure tremendously, coming out and just owning the box."

"Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette] was a really good presence for us in the middle of the field today," concluded Avery.  "We also got really good minutes in the middle from Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/ [SMU]), who stepped up when we needed him tonight despite not taking the pitch during the preseason."

The Crusaders owned a slight 14-13 advantage in shot attempts over Eastern Illinois (0-1-0), and put seven shots on frame to the Panthers' four.  EIU netminder Sean Molony made four saves in goal in the losing effort.

Valparaiso (1-0-0) returns home for a showdown with #22 Michigan at Brown Field on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m.  The Crusaders will be raising money, new medical supplies and gently-used soccer equipment at the game as they partner with TOCO to help launch the "Sneakers Not Wheelchairs" campaign to help target the diabetes crisis in St. Lucia.  For those who cannot make it to the game, donations are welcome through the mail throughout the season.  The game will be broadcast live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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