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Crusaders Earn Draw With Loyola
Ryan Schwarz made five saves Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Schwarz made five saves Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 64th minute, bringing the Crusaders back from a one-goal deficit as Valparaiso and Loyola fought to a 1-1 double overtime draw Sunday afternoon at Brown Field in Horizon League action.

“I thought we played very well today and am proud of the effort our guys played with,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “These league weekends, playing two games in 48 hours, are real tests, and I thought both teams put in a good effort being on the back end of the weekend.  I was proud of our resolve to come back from the goal down and also the way we pushed the issue in the latter parts of the game.”

Loyola broke onto the scoreboard as the game approached the midway point of the first half.  Michael Ferguson gained possession deep in Crusader territory on the right flank and crossed the ball into the center of the box, where Alex Jones was waiting all alone for a header from five yards out to make it 1-0 Ramblers in the 18th minute.

Valpo nearly knotted up the game right before the half, as in the waning seconds, Kelvin Zelee (South Bend, Ind./John Adams [Indiana]) let a shot go from the right side that ricocheted off the crossbar and out of play.  But the Crusaders gained a man advantage in the 52nd minute when a Loyola player was shown the red card and pressed the issue, eventually tallying the equalizer 12 minutes later.  Clayton Lyons (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) fed Stivers on the left about ten yards out from the net, and the junior finished with ease into the left side of the goal.

While neither team would hit the scoreboard again, both squads found themselves with opportunities in the latter part of the second half and in the overtime sessions.  The most promising chance for either side came in the 84th minute, when Loyola’s Ferguson found himself racing in one-on-one with Crusader netminder Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic).  But Schwarz came out of his net to cut down the angle and sprawled out to knock Ferguson’s shot attempt straight up in the air and prevent the Ramblers from taking a late lead.

Valpo held a slight 14-13 advantage in shot attempts over Loyola (3-2-2, 0-1-1 Horizon), but the Ramblers put six shots on frame to the Crusaders’ three.  Schwarz stopped five shots to earn the draw for Valpo, while Loyola goalkeeper Peter McKeown made two saves.

“At the end of the day, four points in the first weekend is a pretty good result for us,” said Avery.  “Schwarz again came up very, very big in the latter stages of game and has just been terrific for us all year long.  Now we are excited to travel on Wednesday, going up to East Lansing to take on nationally-ranked Michigan State.  Experiences against top-25 teams are really good for us as we continue to keep growing as a program.”

Valparaiso (4-3-1, 1-0-1 Horizon) travels to take on #21 Michigan State on Wednesday, marking the third matchup with a top-25 foe this season.  The Crusaders and Spartans will kick off from East Lansing at 3 p.m. CDT, 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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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