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Crusaders Draw With Oakland in Exhibition Action
Chadd Sult and the Crusaders played Oakland to a scoreless draw Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Chadd Sult and the Crusaders played Oakland to a scoreless draw Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
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8/20/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 314
1st2ndFinal
Oakland000
Valparaiso000
Scoring
GoalkeepersMinGASv
OUSMITH, Wes22:1500
OUMESSER, Scott67:4502
OUTEAM0:0000
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0001
Stats at a GlanceOUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)4 (1)12 (2)
Saves21
Offsides16
Corner Kicks03
Fouls1310
Yellow Cards12

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Valparaiso men’s soccer team took to the pitch against outside competition for the first time in the 2011 season Saturday night at Brown Field, out-shooting Oakland 12-4 as the exhibition contest ended in a 0-0 draw.

“I thought that for the first 30 minutes, we were very good, in the second 30, we were good, and then in the last 30 I thought we started to lose our legs and got a little tired,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “But Oakland is a very good team; they won their conference championship last year and have been to the NCAA Tournament.  They also just beat Michigan State in an exhibition on Thursday, so the result, even though we thought maybe we could have done more in terms of finishing, was still a good result in a very good exhibition game.”

The Crusaders had a good opportunity to find the back of the net early in the opening half, as senior Guy Shabtay (Ramat-Gan, Israel/Blich [Prairie State C.C.]) corralled the ball on the left side of the box in the 11th minute and flicked it over a defender towards the upper-left corner of the goal.  The ball ricocheted off the corner of the framework, however, keeping the game scoreless.

Oakland would register the game’s first shot on goal late in the first half, its only shot of the opening 45 minutes, but Andrew Barrett’s shot from distance was easily gobbled up by redshirt junior goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West).  Valpo freshman Eric Nieto (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate) posted the Crusaders’ first shot on goal in the 43rd minute, but that was stopped by Scott Messer as the game went into the half at nil-nil.

Shabtay had another scoring chance come his way in the 50th minute, as the senior took a free kick from 25 yards out, just right of center.  He sent his strike on goal, aiming for the inside of the left post, but Messer was there for the save for the Grizzlies.  Despite out-shooting Oakland in the second half, 6-3, Valpo was unable to get any other opportunities on frame as the fixture ended in a scoreless tie.  With the game being an exhibition contest, no overtime was played on Saturday.

Valpo’s 12 shots came courtesy of seven different players, as Shabtay led the way with three efforts.  The Crusaders also ended the game with a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks.  Zobeck had to make just the one save for his clean sheet, while Messer stopped two shots in his 67 minutes of play before being relieved by Wes Smith.

Valparaiso opens the 2011 regular season at Brown Field on Friday night, as the Crusaders welcome Calumet College for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.  The game can be heard live on www.sportsjuice.com, while live stats will be available at 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. 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