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Crusaders Take #8/10 USF to Overtime, Fall 1-0
Adrian Ortiz led Valpo with three shot attempts Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Adrian Ortiz led Valpo with three shot attempts Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Playing its second ranked opponent in a three-day span after a 1,100-mile road trip, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team staved off any signs of tired legs and played right with #8/10 South Florida in Tampa Tuesday evening, sending the game to overtime scoreless before the Bulls broke through with a goal 43 seconds into the extra session to hand the Crusaders a 1-0 defeat.

“I’m just really proud of our guys’ performance tonight,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We played a very tough game on Sunday against a top-25 team in Michigan, travelled all day yesterday down to Tampa, and came out tonight and played better than we did on Sunday, which is amazing considering the last 48 hours physically.  We played really well all around the field and were competitive the entire game, which is a credit to our guys when you’re playing the #8 team in the country on their home field.”

Crusader goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) put up another stellar performance in net to keep the game scoreless through the first hour and a half, making seven saves, while Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) put a pair of shots on goal, including Valpo’s best scoring opportunity in the 19th minute on a shot from the top of the box that Bulls netminder Jeff Attinella made a nice save on.  Ortiz paced the Crusader offense with three shot attempts, while Rodolfo Lucas (Mogi Mirim, Brazil/ [Coffeyville C.C[) also attempted a pair of shots.

USF would eventually get the only scoring opportunity it would need in overtime within the first minute.  After a foul was called against the Crusaders, Javed Mohammed lined up a free kick and sent it close in on the left wing to Bernardo Anor, who found the back of the net for the night’s only marker.

USF was credited with a 15-7 shot advantage on the night, while Attinella made three saves for the shutout.  The Crusaders were relentless in pushing the ball into the Bulls’ defensive half and were rewarded for their efforts with ten corner kicks on the night, to just five for USF.

“We had lots of guys step on the field tonight for us, and everybody stepped right up and put in a great performance,” said Avery.  “We’re definitely disappointed that we lost, but this is a result that we can build on moving forward.”

Valparaiso (1-2-0) has a five-day break before its next game, a 4 p.m. meeting on Sunday with IUPUI at Brown Field.  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 statistics.

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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. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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