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Crusaders Fall at Wright State
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Wright State (2-4-1, 1-0 Horizon)
9/28/2013 | Wright State | Attendance: 1081
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso000
Wright State202
Scoring
WSU2:40ELDER, Brett (DUPONT, Chris )
WSU36:37HAYES, Michael (LYNCH, Eric , ELDER, Brett)
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOSERRATORE, Tom90:0023
WSUBLACKMER, Tyler90:0003
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWSU
Shots (on Goal)9 (3)13 (5)
Saves33
Offsides02
Corner Kicks105
Fouls1317
Yellow Cards12

Saturday, September 28, 2013

In their second Horizon League game of the season, the Crusaders traveled to Wright State to take on the Raiders.  A slow start from the Crusaders would lead to an early Raider goal.  Valpo would go on to control much of the second half, creating multiple chances.  The Crusaders were unable to provide the final touch necessary to find goal however, as the Raiders were able to hand the Crusaders their first league loss of the season.  Two goals in the first half would be the difference, as the Raiders defeated the Crusaders 2-0.

“Congratulations to Wright State on a well-earned win tonight,” said head coach Mike Avery.  “They brought great energy into the game and by the time we were able to match them, we were already playing from behind.  The Horizon League is a competitive league, and these games have a different feel.  We have a lot of new players, and I think as a group we are still learning that there is very little room for error.  The good news is that we were terrific in the second half, but it was too little too late.”

An early mistake in the Crusader midfield led to Wright State scoring in the first five minutes of the game.  The Raiders were able to collect the ball in a dangerous area and serve it into the penalty area.  Crusader goalkeeper Tom Serratore (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) did well to make the initial point blank save, but the rebound would fall to  Brett Elder who was able to finish the second attempt giving the Raiders an early 1-0 lead. 

The rest of the half would see fairly even play, as the Crusaders were able to create several chances of their own.  The best chance in the first half for Valpo came from a corner won by Yannick Iwunze (Paris, France/Hightower [Tex.] H.S.).  The Crusaders were unable to convert however, as a header from Todd Vervynckt (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was wide of goal.  With just under ten minutes left in the half, a loss of possession from Valpo led to a second goal from Wright State.  An early ball found Elder who was able to serve the ball into the six yard box from just outside the penalty area.  Michael Hayes was able to finish the serve to put the Raiders up 2-0.

The second half would have a completely different feel from the first half, as the Crusaders looked very sharp early on.  The Crusaders set the tempo in the second half by controlling the midfield and connecting passes.  Quality possession from Valpo led to an abundance of chances.  The Raiders were rarely able to play out of their own half for much of the second half.

Valpo was able to build and serve dangerous balls into the penalty area repeatedly.  The Crusaders won multiple corner kicks but were unable to find goal.  Twice, balls served in from the corner would bounce inside the six without a Crusader able to provide the final touch necessary to bring the team back to within one goal. 

Perhaps the best Crusader chance of the game came from Jordan Aidoud (Lyon, France/CEFAM).  A combination between Aidoud and Charles Barden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) inside the Raider penalty area led to Aidoud hitting a ball that was sure to find goal had the Raider goalkeeper not made a fantastic save.  The Crusaders would spend the rest of the game creating similar chances that would go unfinished. 

“The college season is so compacted that you don't have even a second to dwell on what is behind you, so we have to put this behind us quickly and get ready to face a very good Dayton team on Monday night,” said Avery.

The Crusaders (3-2-3, 0-1-1 Horizon) stay in Dayton, Ohio for a Monday night matchup against the University of Dayton Flyers.  The Crusader men will look to hand the #19 Flyers (7-0-0) their first loss of the season.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.  Live stats for the game will be available through ValpoAthletics.com. 

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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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