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Craven Scores Golden Goal as Crusaders Defeat IPFW
Rita Craven scored her first career goal on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Rita Craven scored her first career goal on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (5-2-1)
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IPFW (3-4-0)
9/16/2012 | Fort Wayne, Ind. | Attendance: 312
1st2nd1OT Final
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Scoring
VALPO91:36CRAVEN, Rita (HOAGLIN, Rachel )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen91:3602
VALPOTEAM0:0001
IPFWSam Pavlika91:3618
Stats at a GlanceVALPOIPFW
Shots (on Goal)17 (9)8 (3)
Saves38
Offsides10
Corner Kicks71
Fouls1012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Freshman Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) made her first career goal a golden one, tallying less than two minutes into extra time as Valparaiso posted its third straight shutout with a 1-0 victory over IPFW Sunday evening in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Craven made sure it wouldn't take long for the Crusaders to record their first overtime win since Oct. 11, 2009 on Sunday.  Senior Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) won a ball and took it down the left side, feeding it into the box.  Craven was there to beat the IPFW goalkeeper inside the far right post for the game's lone goal.

“It was a very clinical finish from Rita,” said Crusader head coach John Marovich.  “I'm glad we were able to continue to fight through as a team and get that goal in overtime.”

The game was controlled by Valpo, which out-shot IPFW by a 17-8 margin, including nine on goal, while also winning seven corner kicks to just one for the Mastodons.  The Crusaders especially dominated in the first half, tallying seven shots, five of which were on frame, but Mastodon goalkeeper Sam Pavlika stopped all five efforts to keep the game scoreless at the break.

Valpo also enjoyed the better of the statistics in the second stanza, but the best chance might have come from the Mastodons' Rachel Good in the 67th minute.  Good's shot was past Valpo goalkeeper Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North), but a sliding effort from freshman Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) kept the game scoreless as she cleared the ball off the line.  In the 72nd minute, it looked like Fassbinder might give the Crusaders a lead, but her shot went off the crossbar and regulation eventually ended scoreless, setting up Craven's match-winner.

“We had a really nice start to the game overall, and I thought played well throughout,” said Marovich.  “IPFW are a very organized, very diligent group.  They looked to counter and did it very well, making it difficult at times for us to keep the ball.  When we did, I felt like we did some good things.  Overall, faced with a little adversity, we got a good response from our group and were eventually able to find a goal.”

Manski made a pair of saves to go along with the team save as Valpo picked up its third consecutive clean sheet.  Pavlika ended the night with eight saves in the losing effort for IPFW.

Valparaiso (5-2-1) journeys out to the West Coast next weekend for its final pair of non-league games prior to the start of Horizon League play.  The two-game trip starts on Friday night, September 21 as the Crusaders play at San Francisco.  Live stats for the match, which is slated for a 9 p.m. CDT kickoff, will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
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 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