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Crusader Men Draw With Michigan State to Open Season
Kyle Zobeck posted a shutout in the season opener Friday. (Di Geng)
Kyle Zobeck posted a shutout in the season opener Friday. (Di Geng)
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Michigan State (0-0-1)
8/24/2012 | East Lansing, Mich. | Attendance: 811
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Scoring
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle110:0003
MSUDobbins, Bryce110:0004
Stats at a GlanceVALPOMSU
Shots (on Goal)6 (4)6 (3)
Saves34
Offsides15
Corner Kicks32
Fouls2124
Yellow Cards11

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s soccer team opened the season with a result on the road against a Big Ten opponent, traveling to East Lansing, Mich. and battling to a 0-0 (2ot) draw with Michigan State Friday afternoon.

"I was very pleased with our performance today, and we got a great result against a good Michigan State team," said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  "I thought our team played very tough and that we were very organized.  We've grown a lot over the last couple of weeks and have added a lot of new pieces to our puzzle.  Today, I felt we really started to see things come together."

Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes, with a total of just two shot attempts and one corner kick.  The second half saw Valpo out-shoot the Spartans, 4-2, with freshman Jordan Aidoud (L’Isled’Beau, France/CEFAM) and junior Jesse Ortiz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora [Benedictine]) putting shots on frame that MSU goalkeeper Bryce Dobbins had to stop.  Meanwhile, Crusader goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) saved one shot in the first half and then made a stop in the 89th minute to send the match into extra time scoreless.

The Crusaders had an opportunity off a corner kick in the 100th minute as the first overtime session neared time, but the effort from junior Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was saved by Dobbins.  Valpo also had an effort on net by senior Kevin Miller (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) in the 103rd minute, but that was also stopped.  Michigan State had one shot in each overtime period, but neither of them was on frame.

Zobeck made three stops in net to preserve the clean sheet in the opener, while Dobbins made four saves in the opposite goal for his own shutout.  Both sides attempted six shots, while Valpo held a slim 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.  The physical battle saw 45 total fouls called.

"I have to give a lot of credit for this result to Jeff (Oleck) and the rest of my staff," said Avery.  "I haven't been involved with training the last couple days as Kasongo [Mike and Carin Avery's newly-adopted son] has arrived in the States.  Jeff's really carried a lot of work over this week and our staff really did a great job of preparing our guys for the game today."

Valparaiso (0-0-1) opens the home slate on Monday evening at Brown Field as the Crusaders host St. Joseph’s (Ind.) at 7:30 p.m.  Live stats for the match will be available through www.valpoathletics.com

Noteworthy: Zobeck’s shutout extended his Valpo career record to 19 clean sheets ... the Crusaders have now registered shutouts in seven of their last nine contests dating back to last season ... five players debuted in a Valpo kit Friday afternoon, including spots in the starting XI for Ortiz and Mitch Albrecht ... the Crusaders are unbeaten in their last five season openers (4-0-1) ... Valpo is now unbeaten in its last three games against Big Ten teams (1-0-2).

 

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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