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Crusaders Drop California Finale, 1-0
Eric Nieto and the Crusaders fell to Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Nieto and the Crusaders fell to Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (1-3-1)
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Cal Poly (2-2-0)
9/9/2012 | San Luis Obispo, CA | Attendance: 700
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso000
Cal Poly101
Scoring
CP32:42Pridham, Mackenzie (Malki, George )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOZOBECK, Kyle90:0012
CPHauser, Chase90:0003
Stats at a GlanceVALPOCP
Shots (on Goal)12 (3)11 (3)
Saves23
Offsides47
Corner Kicks54
Fouls1118
Yellow Cards22

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Valparaiso concluded its two-match swing through the state of California Sunday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 decision at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

“While we’re disappointed in that we lost another close game today, I do think that we have far more positive s to take out of this weekend than negatives,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “Our team battled and was very tough in standing up to two challenging environments this weekend.”

The Crusaders out-shot the Mustangs for the match by a 12-11 margin and both sides put three shots on goal, but the decisive tally came late in the first half.  In the 33rd minute, George Malki took a shot which was blocked by a Valpo defender, but the rebound was headed into the back of the net by Mackenzie Pridham for the game’s lone goal.

Valpo pushed forward in the second half looking for the equalizer, picking up eight of its shot attempts in the final 45 minutes, four of which came in the final 12 minutes.  The Crusaders actually did put the ball over the goal line on one occasion following a free kick, but the goal was called back due to an offside call.  Cal Poly goalkeeper Chase Hauser also made a pair of saves within the final 10 minutes.

Crusader goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) made two saves in the losing effort, while Hauser stopped three shots in all for Cal Poly.  Valpo earned five corner kicks to the Mustangs’ four and was called for just 11 fouls to Cal Poly’s 18.

“Cal Poly is a very good team, and we were able to create plenty of good chances today,” said Avery.   “We probably had the better over the course of today’s game, had one goal called back and had a couple other close calls.  I don’t think we have a lot to worry about as a team - I think we’re going to grow through this weekend.  This is one of the toughest trips you can take in the country, and I thought our guys handled it very well.  These games will definitely help us be ready for Horizon League play.”

Valparaiso (1-3-1) looks to get back on the winning track as it returns home to Brown Field on Friday evening to take on Western Michigan.  The game will be video streamed live on the Horizon League Network, with a live audio broadcast on WVUR, 95.1 FM.  Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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