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Morehead State Spoils Valpo's Season Opener in OT
Trisha Wladecki scored in her first collegiate game. (Ray Acevedo)
Trisha Wladecki scored in her first collegiate game. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Valparaiso jumped on top early on Friday evening, but Morehead State tied the match in the second half and scored the match-winner with 2:46 remaining in the first overtime to give the Eagles a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky. in the season opener for both schools.

The Crusaders wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard in the new season, getting an early contribution from a freshman.  Trisha Wladecki (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake H.S.) received a cross in the middle of the box from senior captain Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) and beat goalkeeper Lily Meisner to put the Brown and Gold on top just 11:46 into the contest.

Valpo controlled play for most of the first half, outshooting the hosts 8-2 in the first 45 minutes.  Another freshman, Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) had two great chances to add to the lead before the break, ricocheting two shots off of the crossbar in a five-minute span late in the stanza.

“We dealt with the long service by being dominant in the air tonight, and I thought we solved their pressure by finding the midfield which allowed us to get out,” said head coach John Marovich.

Coming out of halftime, seemed to maintain the intensity for the first 15 minutes before Devan Jordan tied the match at one with a breakaway goal for Morehead State.  The two schools remained deadlocked the rest of the half, forcing the first overtime match in a season opener in the 17-year history of the Valpo soccer program.

In the overtime, Jordan again broke free and pushed the ball past Crusader netminder Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) for the winning tally.

Despite the outcome, the Crusaders doubled Morehead State (1-0) up in shot attempts, 16-8.  Both Cabral and Meisner made two saves each for their team.

“We had several good performances from several players on the field,” Marovich said afterwards.  “As we are putting this group together we see a lot of positive things. We might be a little off in our timing but overall the ideas were very good.  The experience we are gaining will help us as we move into the latter part of the season.”

Valparaiso (0-1) will head home to Eastgate Field on Sunday evening for a 5 p.m. showdown with Michigan  The match will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com. in the Crusaders’ home opener.

Match Notes: The loss snapped a string of four consecutive season-opening victories for the Crusaders … August 21 marks the earliest start to a season in program history … Morehead State was a NCAA Tournament participant one year ago.

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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
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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)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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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
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Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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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
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Apr 26
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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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)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3
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May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
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