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Morehead State Tops Valpo in Season Opener
Catherine Terrell works around an Eagle defender on Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Catherine Terrell works around an Eagle defender on Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Morehead State (1-0)
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Valparaiso (0-1)
8/19/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 267
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Morehead State011
Valparaiso000
Scoring
MOR79:45PHILLIP, Sarah
GoalkeepersMinGASv
MORBLEVINS, Katie90:0005
VALPODeFRANK, Rachel90:0013
Stats at a GlanceMORVALPO
Shots (on Goal)13 (4)10 (5)
Saves53
Offsides02
Corner Kicks02
Fouls1110
Casey Pedersen heads up field for Valpo. (Ray Acevedo)
Casey Pedersen heads up field for Valpo. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Valparaiso opened its 19th season of women’s soccer at home on Friday evening at Brown Field, but came up short in its bid for victory, falling 1-0 to Morehead State.

The Crusaders came out quick offensively in the opening moments of the match, earning a pair of corner kicks in the first five minutes of the match.  Valpo had a golden opportunity in the match’s seventh minute, drawing a penalty kick, but Eagle netminder Katie Blevins made a diving save on Casey Pedersen’s (Northville, Mich./Mercy H.S.) attempt to the lower right corner.

Valpo continued the pressure with six total shots in the opening 30 minutes, but could not find the back of the net.

“I was very happy with our first 30 minutes,” head coach John Marovich said.  “We had a balanced attack and had three good opportunities.  We need to finish those chances.”

Morehead State (1-0) managed seven total shots in the opening half, but only one was on frame and the teams went into intermission scoreless.

The Eagles had the first quality opportunity of the second half as Devan Jordan went in alone on goal just over three minutes out of the break, but Rachel DeFrank (Mason, Ohio/Mason H.S.) stepped up and made the big save.

The match stayed even until there was just 10:15left to play when Sarah Phillip took a free kick from the top of the penalty area and lobbed the ball into the goal mouth.  The ball deflected off of a Crusader and into the back of the net for the lone tally of the match.

“Our kids have done a good job of creating quality chances when they have kept possession of the ball,” Marovich added.  “In the second half we just didn’t keep the ball as well as we did to start the match.”

Valparaiso continued to test Blevins late, forcing the Eagle goalkeeper to make five total saves on the Crusaders’ 10 total shot attempts.  DeFrank made three stops for the Brown and Gold as Morehead State fired 13 total shots, nine of which were off frame. 

“The reality of the match is we lost the game,” Marovich concluded.  “I’m not happy and our kids are not happy about it.  We’ll look to rebound on Sunday.”

Valparaiso (0-1) will continue its season-opening homestand on Friday evening hosting instate foe IPFW.  Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at Brown Field.

Match Notes: DeFrank made her first career start in goal for the Crusaders … freshmen Kelsey Draper (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg H.S.) and Abby Kenyon (Canton, Ohio/Jackson H.S.) made their Valpo debuts with Draper also earning a start … Valpo is now 5-14 all-time in season openers … Aug. 19 marked the earliest Valpo has ever started a soccer season … Morehead State has now won both meetings all-time between the two schools.

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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
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
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
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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
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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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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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
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Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
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Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
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Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
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May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
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Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
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W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
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