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Crusaders Host Western Michigan; Travel to Cleveland State for Important League Match
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Cleveland State (7-11-0, HL 3-3-0)
11/2/2013 | Cleveland, Ohio | Attendance: 125
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Valparaiso (3-6-5, 0-3-2, Horizon)

Crusaders Host Western Michigan;

Travel to Cleveland State for Important League Match

Wed., Oct. 30 – vs. Western Michigan (6-7-1) – 7:30 p.m. CT

Sat., Nov. 2 – at Cleveland State (6-10-0, 2-2-0 Horizon) – 6:30 p.m. CT

 

This Week in Crusader Soccer: The Crusader men take on Western Michigan on Wednesday night for a mid-week, nonleague match. On Saturday, the Crusaders travel to Cleveland State to play in what is shaping up to be their most important Horizon League match of the season, as they must secure a result.

Previously: A goal in the 42nd minute from Kevin Klett wasn’t enough in the Crusaders’ Horizon League match against UIC on Friday, as the Flames were able to put two away in the second half to beat the Crusaders 2-1 and stay unbeaten in league play.

Following The Crusaders: Wednesday's game against Western Michigan will have live stats available through ValpoAthletics.com. Saturday night's match against Cleveland State will have free live video available through the Horizon League Network with live stats available through ValpoAthletics.com. Over the course of the 2013 season, all of the Crusaders' league games will have free live video on the Horizon League Network, including three matches at home. Visit @VUMSO on Twitter to view comments and photos leading up to each match.

Head Coach Mike Avery: A former Horizon League Coach of the year, Mike Avery returns for his seventh season at the helm of the men’s soccer program. As the winningest head coach in the program’s history, Avery has led the Crusaders to 47 wins, multiple winning seasons, and the program’s first-ever Horizon League Title. Under his watch, the program has seen 25All-League selections, four Horizon League goalkeeper of the year honorees, one Defensive Player of the year selection, and one player sign an MLS contract with FC Dallas.

Series Notes: Western Michigan - Valpo is 7-13-1 all-time against Western Michigan. Most recently, Western Michigan was able to top the Crusaders 1-0 at home in 2012. Cleveland State - The Vikings hold a 3-11-2 all-time series advantage over the Crusaders. Under Avery, the Crusaders are 2-2-2 against the Vikings. A season ago, the two sides played to a 0-0 draw.

Scouting the Opposition: Western Michigan - The Broncos enter Wednesday's contest at 6-7-1 on the season, with 22 goals for and 24 goals against. Leading the Western Michigan attack is Matheau Rogers with four goals and three assists. In goal for the Broncos is Chase Rau who has a G.A.A of 1.85. Cleveland State - The Vikings are currently 2-2-0 with six points in Horizon League play. League wins came against Green Bay and Detroit. The Vikings sit with 19 goals for and 22 goals against. Nine players have scored for Cleveland State. Admir Suljevic leads the way with five goals. Three players have seen time in goal for the Vikings. Nick Ciraldo has spent the most time in between the pipes and has conceded ten goals.

Regionally Ranked: For two consecutive weeks, the Crusaders were ranked #10 in the NSCAA Great Lakes region. Valpo last appeared in the region rankings in October of 2011; the year the team won the Horizon League title.  The Great Lakes region is widely considered to be one of the toughest regions in college soccer.

Notables: Kevin Klett's goal in the 42nd minute of the match vs. UIC on Saturday was the freshman's first goal of his career. Klett was able to chase down a long ball sent in by freshman Adrian Graham and beat the UIC goalkeeper to put the Crusaders up 1-0 in the match. The assist was also the first of Graham's career.

Strong Starts: In their last two games, the Crusaders have gotten off to fantastic starts. At Kentucky, Eric Nieto was able to score in the 11th minute, and against and against UIC, Kevin Klett put the Crusaders up a goal to none in the 42nd minute. Each game however, would end in a 2-1 decision. Even though the results didn't go as Valpo had hoped, this evidence of strong play early in matches is promising.

Finishing Chances: Valpo now sits with just 13 goals scored in 14 matches. The Crusaders are creating plenty of chances but are missing the final touch needed to find goal. What's promising is that eight players have accounted for the 13 goals scored. Kevin Klett, Eric Nieto, Adrian Graham, Julio Velasquez, and Jordan Aidoud each have one goal this season, while Todd Vervynckt has netted two goals to his name. Leading the team this season are Charles Barden and Nick Suker with three goals apiece.

Ranked Opponents: The Crusaders have played four teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 of the national rankings. Three of those games have come on the road.  The Crusaders played #24 Michigan State, #12 Tulsa, ##19 Dayton, and #24 Milwaukee. Valpo is 1-3-0 against Top 25 opponents then win coming in a 2-1 victory over Michigan State.

Home Sweet Home: For the only time this season, the Crusaders will play consecutive games at home. Having played UIC at home on Friday night, the Crusaders will stay home for their match vs. Western Michigan. This two-game home stand is out of the norm the Crusader men, as the team has played eleven games on the road and just three at home at this point in the season. After Wednesday night, the Crusaders will have just one game remaining with Detroit coming to town on November 9th.

Looking Ahead: The Crusader men will have just two regular season games left after their clash at Cleveland State. On Monday, November 4th, the Crusaders stay on the road to play #24 Michigan (7-4-3). On Saturday, November 9th, Valpo will host Detroit (3-8-4, 0-5-0 Horizon) in its last regular season game of the year. 

Champions in the Classroom:  In 2012, Todd Vervynckt was selected to the Horizon All-Academic team, the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third team, and the All-District V first team. Vervynckt is in the Mechanical Engineering program at Valparaiso.

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