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Valpo Battles Wright State to Draw on Senior Day
Valpo celebrates Casey Pedersen's penalty kick goal. (Ray Acevedo)
Valpo celebrates Casey Pedersen's penalty kick goal. (Ray Acevedo)
Wright State (8-6-3, 3-2-2 Horizon)
at
Valparaiso (8-6-3, 4-2-1 Horizon)
10/23/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 289
1st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Wright State11002
Valparaiso20002
Scoring
WSU0:57BONNY, Bekah (KING, I'esha )
VALPO7:00PEDERSEN, Casey
VALPO35:32DESARIO, Luisa (PEDERSEN, Casey )
WSU87:25METZLER, Allie (PERSAUD, Brittany )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
WSUMcCURDY, Brooke110:0022
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen110:0026
Stats at a GlanceWSUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)20 (8)16 (4)
Saves26
Offsides02
Corner Kicks52
Fouls615
Yellow Cards01
Luisa Desario scores late in the first half. (Ray Acevedo)
Luisa Desario scores late in the first half. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A goal with just 2:35 remaining in regulation allowed Wright State to tie the match on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso and the Raiders battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw on Senior Day for the Crusaders at Eastgate Field.

“It’s disappointing to give a goal away that late in the game,” Valpo head coach John Marovich said after the match.  “We need to do a better job of killing off the end of the game.”

Wright State (8-6-3, 3-2-2 Horizon) took the early lead just 57 seconds into the contest as Bekah Bonny took a cross from I’esha King on the right side and beat Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) from inside of the six to make it 1-0 Raiders.

Valpo tied the match at the seven minute mark as Casey Pedersen (Northville, Mich./Mercy H.S.) converted a penalty kick after the Crusaders drew a foul in the penalty area.  For the fifth-year senior, it was her third goal of the season and seventh of her Valpo career.

Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) put the Crusaders on top with 9:28 remaining before break, taking a pass from Pedersen and beating Raider netminder Brooke McCurdy one-on-one in the box to make it 2-1 Valpo.

The match remained that way into intermission and throughout most of the second half before Allie Metzler headed in a Brittany Persaud free kick for the match-tying goal.

“We were too content to just defend late and we got punished,” Marovich added.

Valpo had a chance in the final two minutes of regulation to win the contest, but Katie Gratzianna’s (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) shot ricocheted off of the post and stayed out.

Wright State outshot the Crusaders 20-16, including 4-1 during overtime.  Manski made six saves for the Crusaders while McCurdy finished with two for the Raiders.

“We put ourselves in a position to get a bye in the upcoming tournament with a win and we didn’t get it done,” Marovich concluded.  “We have got to move on to the next match on Friday and get those three points to secure the third seed.”

Valparaiso (8-6-3, 4-2-1) will close out the regular season on Friday afternoon against Youngstown State.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CDT in Youngstown, Ohio.

Match Notes: Pedersen along with Tracy Roos (Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek H.S.), Laura Romberg (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills H.S.), Sammy Olson (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), Mikki Nuccio (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon H.S.), Becky Clever (Cincinnati, Ohio/Maderia H.S.), and Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) were all honored prior to the match as the class of 2011 … Olson made her first appearance of the season, starting after being injured all season long … Desario’s goal was her 13th of her career, tied for eighth on the career charts … Desario now has 33 career points, tied for seventh all-time … Valpo has tied its last six overtime matches … Valpo is 5-0-4 in its last nine Senior Day matches … the Crusaders have assured themselves a home match in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament on Nov. 1.

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Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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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