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Thomas Ties Single Season Record with Fourth Match-Winner as Crusaders Down Northern Iowa in OT
Jackie Thomas scored her fourth match-winner in overtime against UNI.
Jackie Thomas scored her fourth match-winner in overtime against UNI.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Box Score

                Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) headed home the match-winning goal just 1:36 into overtime on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Northern Iowa 1-0 at Eastgate Field.

                 The goal was her fourth of the season, all match-winners, as the junior has tied the school’s single season victory winner mark held by Lori Moore (2000 and 2001) and teammate Lori Johnson (Sachse, Texas/Naaman Forest H.S.) (2006).  She is also tied for fourth in the career record book with five match-winners.

                 “Jackie brings enthusiasm to our restarts, Valparaiso head coach Stephen Anthony said.  “She is aggressive and confident and gives us a tremendous opportunity whenever we win a restart, especially corners.”

                 Lynnea Pappas (Parma, Ohio/Holy Name H.S.) set up the winning tally with her corner kick from the far side, which found Thomas’ head on the backside of the goal, less than five yards out.

                 “Going into overtime I felt very confident in our chances and we talked about continuing to play the ball wide, creating 1 v. 1 opportunities,” Anthony added.  “We wanted to be aggressive in trying to win the end line because I felt we would either get a good service or a corner kick.  After having seven in regulation, I was confident it might just be a matter of time before we scored off a corner.”

                 The Crusaders have not lost an overtime contest dating back to the 2003 season, a span of 16 straight matches in which Valpo has posted a 7-0-9 mark.

                 The Crusaders began pressuring the Panthers net late in the second half, winning eight corner kick opportunities in the contest, all in the second 45 minutes or overtime.

                 Valpo outshot Northern Iowa (2-3-1) 11-7 for the match, led by an 8-2 advantage after halftime.  Heidi O’Mara made two saves for the Panthers while Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) made three first half stops on her way to her second career shutout, both coming this season.

                 The shutout is also the fifth by the Crusader defense this season, and fourth in their last five matches.  The five shutouts are tied for second most in a single season, and are just one shy of Valpo’s school record.

                 “I’m certainly very pleased with our defending this season so far,” Anthony said.  “Even when we make mistakes we’ve been able to recover and little things haven’t been too critical.”

                 Valparaiso (5-2), winners of four of its last five, will now take to the road next weekend, beginning with a Friday night match at Pacific.  Kickoff against the Tigers is set for 9 p.m. CDT in Stockton, Calif., with the match being carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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