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Crusaders Drop Exhibition Opener Friday Afternoon
Jenny Fassbinder and the Crusaders kicked off exhibition play Friday.
Jenny Fassbinder and the Crusaders kicked off exhibition play Friday.
Valparaiso ()
Northern Illinois ()
8/16/2013 | DeKalb, Ill. | Attendance: 247
Northern Illinois224
NIU4:58Lewis, Mackenzie (Gobbo, Nicole )
NIU17:54Frankenberg, Cori (Gobbo, Nicole )
NIU83:21McBride, Allie
NIU83:42Gobbo, Nicole (Frankenberg, Cori )
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0043
NIUCarr, Amy90:0032
Stats at a GlanceVALPONIU
Shots (on Goal)7 (5)13 (8)
Corner Kicks04

Friday, August 16, 2013

A pair of freshmen combined for all three of the goals for the Valparaiso women's soccer team in its 2013 exhibition opener at Northern Illinois, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Huskies, who earned a 4-3 victory Friday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill.

NIU got the scoring started quickly, as Mackenzie Lewis volleyed one home inside of five minutes. Cori Frankenberg tallied in the 18th minute for the Huskies to make it 2-0, with both early goals assisted by Nicole Gobbo. The Crusaders pulled one back in the 73rd minute, as freshman forward April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) scored from just inside the edge of the 18-yard box to cut the deficit to one goal.

Fellow rookie Robin Wenzel (Woodstock, Ill./Marian Central Catholic) brought Valpo back to level terms, finding the back of the net early in the 84th minute. The equalizer would set off a wild sequence, however, as the two sides combined for four goals in a 53-second span. Allie McBride scored for Northern Illinois 15 seconds after Wenzel's tally, and Gobbo made it 4-2 just 21 seconds later. Cronin connected for her second goal of the evening just 17 seconds after Gobbo's goal, but the Crusaders would be unable to draw level for a second time in the match, as it would end 4-3.

Valpo gave 21 players time on the pitch Friday evening. Nine freshmen saw their first action in a Crusader kit, with three of them - Cronin, Wenzel and Sydney Rumple (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Central Catholic) - in the starting XI. Senior Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) played all 90 minutes in goal, making three saves for Valpo.

Valparaiso turns around in less than 48 hours for its second of two exhibition matches, making the trip to Chicago to take on Loyola Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler