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Valpo Falls 2-1 to Saint Francis
Steve Shively picked up an assist on Valpo's lone goal Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Steve Shively picked up an assist on Valpo's lone goal Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

An early two-goal deficit was too much for the Valparaiso men’s soccer team to overcome Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, as despite a late first-half goal by Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) in his Crusader debut, Valpo fell to Saint Francis (Pa.) by a 2-1 count.

“Two things caught up with us today - first, Saint Francis is a good team and scored two very good goals early on that put us under some early pressure, and second, our third game of the week had us not quite as sharp as we can be,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “Full credit goes to Saint Francis, though.  They are a well-coached group that is tough in the middle of the back, and when the game became one where we were chasing, the game played into their two central defenders’ strengths.”

The Red Flash needed very little time to gain its early advantage.  In the game’s eighth minute, Sean O’Reilly sent a ball into the box that Daniel Moir won the battle for against a Crusader defender.  Moir fired a shot from about ten yards out that found its way into the lower right portion of the net to give Saint Francis the lead.

Then, less than three minutes later, the Red Flash struck again.  David Butler set up Parnell Hegngi in the middle-left portion of the field about 25 yards out.  Hegngi fired a shot towards the upper left corner that struck the underneath portion of the crossbar and ricocheted down into the net to put Saint Francis ahead by two goals.

Valpo would get right back into the game in the latter stages of the first half, however.  Ken Perkins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) played a service into the box from long distance that Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) flicked on with his head.  The ball ended up on the forehead of Miller, who sent a header of his own past charging Saint Francis netminder Darius Motazed from eight yards out for his first career marker.

The Crusaders had a golden opportunity for the equalizer just out of the halftime break, as in the 50th minute they were awarded a penalty kick after the Red Flash committed a foul in the box.  But Motazed came up big for Saint Francis, stopping the PK as well as a well-struck shot from the angle right by Roby Del Giudice (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.]) three minutes later to keep the Red Flash ahead.  Valpo had one last opportunity in the 89th minute, getting the ball deep into Saint Francis territory, but a header from the middle of the box could not find its way on frame.

The Crusaders ended the game with a 17-12 advantage in the shots category over Saint Francis (3-4-0), putting seven shots on goal to the Red Flash’s four.  Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) made two saves in goal for Valpo, while Motazed stopped six shots in the winning effort.

“In all, though, I still feel we played well enough and created enough chances that we could have taken more out of the result,” said Avery.  “For the last eighty minutes, I thought we were the better side, but in the first ten minutes the game was decided.  I am positive we'll learn some hard lessons from this setback and be a better team for it in the long run.  We end the pre-league schedule 3-3 and with a better idea of who we are heading into conference play.”

Valparaiso (3-3-0) kicks off Horizon League play this coming Friday, as the Crusaders travel to take on Detroit.  Kickoff on the 25th is slated for 3 p.m. CDT, with live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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. #21/21 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