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Crusaders Send Seniors Out Winners With 2-0 Victory Over Detroit
Adrian Ortiz was one of eight seniors honored prior to Saturday's match and moved into third in Valpo history in assists during the match. (Ray Acevedo)
Adrian Ortiz was one of eight seniors honored prior to Saturday's match and moved into third in Valpo history in assists during the match. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Valparaiso’s group of eight graduating seniors were honored prior to Saturday night’s match at Brown Field and all started and ended the match on the pitch.  In between, they all played vital roles in the Crusaders’ 2-0 victory over Detroit in the season finale.

Israel Bisoni (Senador Amaral, Brazil/ [Coffeyville C.C.]), Conner Cappelletti (Kent, Wash./Bob Jones [Ala.] H.S. [Wallace State C.C.]), Roby Del Giudice (Toronto, Ont./Robert F. Hall [Wallace State C.C.]), Jake Freisinger (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central), Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West), Ken Perkins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy), Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) were all part of the starting 11 in their final appearance in the Crusader kit and went out winners one last time, the 29th win they have helped Valpo to over the past four years.  They also helped the Crusaders secure back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history with Saturday night’s win.

“I’m really happy for our seniors that we can end the season on a positive note, with all eight of them playing a significant role in tonight’s match,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “It’s also kind of bittersweet, as we certainly feel like we’re good enough to still be playing.  But hopefully we can use this season to learn some valuable lessons that will help us next year.”

The first half featured few great chances for either side, as Detroit didn’t get a shot on frame, while the Crusaders’ two shots on goal were both saved by the Titans’ Brandon Waterstradt.  Valpo had a stellar chance in the 52nd minute when Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]) had the ball come to his head with Waterstradt out of position, but his header attempt was cleared off the back line by a Titan defender.  Ken Simon hit the post on a shot for Detroit (8-8-2, 4-4-0 Horizon) in the 61st minute, while Antonijevic had an attempt hit the post in the 71st minute.

Detroit had a player shown the red card in the 74th minute, and the Crusader seniors took over from there.  It was Del Giudice who cracked the scoreboard first, intercepting a Titan pass in the center of the pitch and driving the ball from 20 yards out to the upper right corner in the 76th minute for his third goal of the season and fifth goal of his career.  It also ended up being the third match-winning goal for Del Giudice as well.

Then a trio of Valpo seniors hooked up for an insurance tally in the 80th minute.  Freisinger sent a pass into the Crusader offensive half, where Ortiz flicked the ball on to Stivers, who found himself one-on-one with Waterstradt.  Stivers calmly shot the ball past the Titan netminder into the lower left corner for the 2-0 lead.  For Stivers, it was his team-best seventh goal of the year and 16th of his career, tying him for ninth-most in Crusader history, while Ortiz registered his 13th career assist on the play, tying for third-most all-time at Valpo.

Schwarz needed to make just three saves to earn the clean sheet, the program-record 17th shutout of his career.  Schwarz also closes out his career as Valpo’s all-time goals against average leader (1.45) and third in program history in saves (291).  Valpo out-shot Detroit on the evening, 21-10, and also enjoyed a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.  Waterstradt made four saves in goal for the Titans.

Valparaiso closed out the season with a 9-8-2 overall record, matching the 1987 squad for second-most wins in a single season in program history and securing just the third winning season all-time.  The Crusaders also allowed just 16 goals over their 19 fixtures, matching the fewest goals allowed in a single season in program history, and set a new single-season team record with their eighth shutout of the year Saturday.

“I think it's a great milestone for our program to get back-to-back winning seasons,” said Avery.  “The challenge now for us is to move from a program that's winning games to becoming a championship team.  So, while this season is maybe a bit disappointing in terms of our Horizon League record, I do think it was a necessary stepping stone for what will hopefully be a successful 2011 season.”

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