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Déjà Vu: Stivers Gives Valpo Men's Soccer OT Win
Brendan Roth scored his first career goal and had an assist on the match-winner Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Brendan Roth scored his first career goal and had an assist on the match-winner Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This time, the goal came during the run of play, but other than that, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team ended Wednesday’s game at Western Michigan the same way its last contest ended: a Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) marker in the first overtime giving the Crusaders a 2-1 victory.

“Wednesday afternoon games on the road are always difficult,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We came in today and faced a Western Michigan squad which played a very physically tough game, with lots of energy throughout.  We knew we had to be both patient and persistent today, and we were both, and it paid off with a chance we converted on in overtime.  I’m really proud of the guys today for a good win.”

The eventual game-winning play began when Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) fed Brendan Roth (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) on the left flank in the 96th minute.  Roth immediately touched it back to Shively, who served the ball into the box.  Stivers was waiting there and volleyed the ball inside the near post for his team-high third goal of the season and second straight match-winner.

Valpo got on the board first in the 22nd minute with reversed roles.  After a punt ahead by Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), Stivers eventually gained possession and flicked the ball ahead to Roth, who found himself one-on-one with WMU netminder Cody Camp.  The redshirt sophomore eluded Camp and found the back of the net for his first goal in the Crusader kit.

Western Michigan would knot up the match midway through the second half in the 66th minute, when Remi Sanderford chipped a ball in for Saeed Sulemana Baba, who headed it in from the right side for the equalizer.  Neither side would put another shot on goal until the second minute of the extra session, when Schwarz made a save on WMU’s Tyler Rosenhagen, while Valpo’s next shot on frame resulted in the match-winner.

Valparaiso held a slight 9-8 advantage in shot attempts over Western Michigan (0-5-0) and put seven shots on goal to the Broncos’ three.  Schwarz made two saves in the winning effort, while Camp stopped five shots.

“We played a lot of guys today because of the number of games we’ve had in a short period of time,” said Avery.  “We really relied on our depth, and everybody that stepped on the field did a good job for us.  In particular, Jonathon Smith (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) played his first minutes of the season today at right back and really did a nice job.”

Valparaiso (3-2-0) closes out the pre-league portion of its schedule at Brown Field on Sunday when the Crusaders host Saint Francis (Pa.).  Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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. #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
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