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Crusaders Earn 2-0 Win Tuesday Night
Play Video Sarrah Ludwig scored 65 seconds into Tuesday's match. (Di Geng)
Sarrah Ludwig scored 65 seconds into Tuesday's match. (Di Geng)
Saint Joseph's (IN) (2-10-1)
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Valparaiso (9-4-1)
10/9/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 211
1st2ndFinal
Saint Joseph's (IN)000
Valparaiso202
Scoring
VALPO1:05LUDWIG, Sarrah (ELLIS, Tara )
VALPO35:07CHMELA, Hailey (DESARIO, Luisa )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
SJCVolk, Amanda90:0028
VALPOSILVASI, Sarah90:0003
Stats at a GlanceSJCVALPO
Shots (on Goal)5 (3)18 (10)
Saves83
Offsides06
Corner Kicks06
Fouls96
Yellow Cards20

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Valparaiso women's soccer team barely let fans settle into their seats under the lights of Brown Field Tuesday evening before scoring, finding the back of the net just 65 seconds into the match en route to a 2-0 victory over Saint Joseph's (Ind.).

An early push forward resulted in a corner kick being awarded to Valpo less than a minute into the game, and the Crusaders took full advantage. Junior Tara Ellis (Portage, Ind./Portage) sent a perfect corner into the box, where freshman Sarrah Ludwig (Downers Grove, Ill./South) met it with a header at the near post to give Valpo a quick 1-0 lead. The goal, coming just 1:05 into the match, was the second-fastest tally to start a match in Crusader women's soccer history.

Senior Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) created a number of quality offensive chances in the opening 45 minutes, including a 1-v-1 opportunity with the goalkeeper in the 16th minute which saw Puma goalkeeper Amanda Volk make a nice save to keep it a one-goal game. Desario's pressure finally paid off in the 36th minute, as some nifty footwork gave the senior an open crossing chance from the left side of the box. Her cross was met on the far side by junior Hailey Chmela (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich), who sent it back across the frame inside the left post from six yards for her first career goal, putting the Crusaders ahead 2-0.

"We came out like we were supposed to tonight," said Crusader head coach John Marovich. "We earned an early corner by putting St. Joe's under pressure, and Tara sent a great ball in that Sarrah was able to get her head on and score to get us the early lead. I felt like started properly, felt we kept the ball well throughout the first half to go into the half up 2-0."

While Valpo wouldn't add to its side of the scoreboard, the Crusaders kept the pressure on, ending the night with 18 shots, 10 of which came in the second half. Meanwhile, the Crusaders surrendered just five shot attempts to St. Joe's (2-10-1), three of which were saved by freshman goalkeeper Sarah Silvasi (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) as the rookie earned a shutout in her first collegiate appearance. Volk ended the night with eight saves for the Pumas in the losing effort.

"This was a night we felt we could get some minutes to a lot of players who do a lot of tough work in training," said Marovich. "I thought those players did well in the second half to get some opportunities. Rachel Sheehan had a quality shot on goal, and we had a couple of other chances in front of the goal we just didn't put away. Overall, it was a good day for us, to get everybody a lot of minutes, and we're happy to get win number nine."

Valparaiso (9-4-1) closes out the regular season with four consecutive Horizon League fixtures, including a key matchup at Wright State this Sunday at noon. Live video of the game will be available through the Horizon League Network, with the link to the video and live stats up at www.valpoathletics.com.

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 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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
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)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay