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Valpo Wins Season Opener with another OT Goal

Friday, September 15, 2006

Valparaiso opened the Mid-Continent Conference season on Friday afternoon with a 1-0 overtime victory over Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. for the Crusaders' third straight victory as well as their third overtime triumph of the year.

Brittany Derksen (Chugiak, Alaska/Chugiak H.S.) scored her first goal of the season on a cross from Lori Johnson (Sachse, Texas/Naaman Forest H.S.) with 4:35 left in the first extra session to give the Brown and Gold the victory.

Valpo now remains unbeaten (5-0-6) in its last 11 overtime contests dating back to 2003.

Erin Murray (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley H.S.) earned her first shutout of the season and school-best 12 of her career, making four saves in the win. Western Illinois' Samantha Clark was nearly as good, making four stops before allowing the match-winner.

Western Illinois (4-3, 0-1 Mid-Con) outshot Valpo 14-11 but the Crusaders had the only two shots in extra time. The Westerwinds also held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. The match saw seven total cards, including a red to Western Illinois in overtime allowing the Crusaders to play a player up over the final moments.

Valparaiso (5-2, 1-0) will close out its four-match road trip and look to continue its winning streak on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a 1 p.m. match against Northern Iowa.
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
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Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
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Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
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Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
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Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
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Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
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