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Last-Second Goal Pushes Valpo Past Northwestern
Kyle Zobeck made a pair of saves for his second shutout of the season Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Zobeck made a pair of saves for his second shutout of the season Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Northwestern (1-3-1)
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Valparaiso (2-2-1)
9/11/2011 | DeKalb, Ill. | Attendance: 207
1st2ndFinal
Northwestern000
Valparaiso011
Scoring
VALPO89:43SULT, Chadd (VERVYNCKT, Todd )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
NUMiller, Tyler90:0012
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0002
Stats at a GlanceNUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)9 (2)9 (3)
Saves22
Offsides04
Corner Kicks51
Fouls106
Yellow Cards01

Sunday, September 11, 2011

As time was winding down in regulation Sunday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill., it was a senior who stepped up big for Valparaiso, as Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams) found the back of the net with just 17 seconds left to play to give the Crusaders a thrilling 1-0 victory over Northwestern in the finale of the niu Adidas Invitational.  Valpo concluded the tournament in second place out of the four participating teams.

“I’m really proud of the guys to find a way to get a result today,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “It wasn’t our best day, we weren’t playing particularly well or sharp.  I think it had a lot to do with the fact we played a really hard game Friday night, combined with how warm it was today.  Both teams really struggled a bit to connect, resulting in not the prettiest of games.  We were a little bit lucky to weather the storm, but hung on, paid attention to detail and eventually were able to capitalize.”

A fairly even game, the contest looked like it was destined for overtime in the waning minutes, as neither side had even a shot since the 79th minute.  But in the 90th and final minute of regulation in the scoreless duel, the Crusaders found themselves with a late counter-attack.  Sophomore Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) sent a cross from near the end line down the left-hand side into the box, where Sult, up from his right back position, knocked it home right into the center of the back of the net for the dramatic game-winning goal.  For Sult, it was his second career tally, while Vervynckt now owns a team-best five points on the season through five games.

Neither side had much in the way of chances over the course of the game, as both Valpo and Northwestern (1-3-1), which entered the weekend receiving votes in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region polling, were credited with just nine shot attempts each.  Valpo goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) had to make just two saves, stopping efforts in the 43rd minute and in the 74th minute following a corner kick to earn the shutout, the ninth clean sheet of his career. Tyler Miller made two saves as well for the Wildcats, stopping strikes from freshman Gerardo Avelar (San Salvador, El Salvador/Colegio San Francisco) in the 22nd and 79th minutes.

“[Sult’s goal] was a really nice goal on a well-crafted play,” said Avery.  “It certainly felt good.  After all the really close games we’ve been playing, to win one at the end was a nice feeling.  Hopefully this is something we can build on and we look forward to playing at home on Friday night.  After playing so many straight games on the road, it will be nice to get back home.”

A trio of Crusaders earned All-Tournament honors for their play Friday and Sunday.  Sult and Vervynckt were two of Valpo’s representatives, and were joined by fifth-year senior Stefan Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson [College of Lake County/Marquette]).

Valparaiso (2-2-1) returns to action at Brown Field on Friday evening, as the Crusaders host IUPUI in non-league action at 7:30 p.m.  All the action can be seen live on the Horizon League Network via www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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