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Desario's Match-Winner Lifts Valpo Past Detroit in OT
Jessie White scored her first goal of the season on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessie White scored her first goal of the season on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season just 2:30 into overtime on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Detroit 3-2 at Eastgate Field in a key Horizon League match for both teams.

Desario took a pass from Tracy Roos (Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek H.S.) and rifled a shot  from 20 yards out past the Titans’ backup goalkeeper Madeline Franko for her first collegiate match-winner as Valparaiso improved to 2-3 in conference play (six points), moving into sixth place in the league standings.  The top six teams qualify for the Horizon League Tournament beginning November 1.

“To get a win like this after playing overtime on Friday shows the fitness of our kids,” head coach John Marovich said after the match.   “Our attack has been flying around recently and the six goals this weekend are a product of that.”

Valpo jumped on top just under 13 minutes into the match as Sarah Melhorn (White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake H.S.) sent a feed ahead to Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.), who scored from 15 yards out on the right side, making it 1-0 Brown and Gold.  For Kondratko, it was her third goal of the season and she is tied with Desario with a team-leading 10 points overall.

Detroit (3-10-1, 1-3 Horizon) answered just over 10 minutes later as Trina Kochnaski scored on a rebound off of a Alyssa Korson shot that was set up by a corner kick and the two teams went into intermission deadlocked at one.

Ten minutes into the second stanza Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) made it 2-1 Crusaders with her first goal of the season, following her own shot, which was blocked initially, and putting the rebound past starting goalkeeper Joanna Hinde.

The Titans tied the match with 8:12 to play though, playing a player down following a red card to Hindein the 77th  Trina Kochanski settled the ball in the top of the box and scored just over the outreached arms of Valpo goalkeeper Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.), setting the stage for overtime. minute.

Valparaiso outshot Detroit 24-10 in the match, including 15-2 after halftime, and held a 5-1 advantage on corner kick opportunities.  Hinde made six stops in goal for the Titans while Franko made another.  Cabral had two saves for the Crusaders.

Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) and Laura Romberg (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills H.S.) did a great job shoring up our midfield today,” Marovich added.

Valparaiso (5-8-1, 2-3) will take to the road for a pair of matches next weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. CDT contest against Youngstown State on Friday in Youngstown, Ohio.

Match Notes: Detroit leads the all-time series 4-2 but Valpo has won two of the three meetings since joining the Horizon League … Roos and Melhorn, both defenders, each had their first collegiate assists … Kondratko now has 25 career points, ninth most all-time at Valpo … White has 23 career points, moving into a tie with Beth Muskovich (1996-1999), Allison Swanson (2002-2005), and Jackie Thomas (2005-200) for 10th on the career points list … Swanson and Thomas were both present for the match on Homecoming weekend … Valpo is now 5-2 when scoring first … the Crusaders scored six goals in two matches this weekend after tallying 10 total the first 12 contests.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W 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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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